By Raquel Ruiz
July 10,2014(ISN) – Cornwall, ON- On the first day of competition, there were 25 bouts. 14 elite male and
11 Junior and youth male, opened the spirit of the tournament. For the first time, the
Golden Gloves Championships also opens the doors for boxers to get a spot for the
Nationals in October.
Many of the 150 boxers came to defend their titles, others who lost last year, came
back to get it this time.
“We came last year and my boxer lost in a very tight bout. So this year we came to
make sure that he got the win,” Said Terrance Andrews, 60 kg Lentz-E Lundy’s coach
from Tristan gym, in Quebec.
Meanwhile, Sébastien Gauthier, trainer and six-time national champion stated how
proud he is to be in Cornwall as a coach helping a new generation of boxers get
exposure to boxers from other provinces.
“I’m proud to be here, it’s a beautiful tournament. The golden Gloves has been the
biggest tournament in every country. Before going to the Nationals Championships
you need to win the Golden Gloves. This is the tournament to be,” said Gauthier.
“We need to get out of our provinces, and see different styles, diverse boxers. It’s
the best warm up for the National Championships. Elite male boxers are learning to
box with no headgear without loosing the chance to go to the Nationals.” Gauthier
Regardless of the fact that summer is a time when boxers get a break out of training
for vacation, this year’s Golden Gloves has attracted many more boxers. The
numbers have increased by 35%. Boxing Canada hopes to grow in 50% by 2015.
“We will be growing in numbers and in experience. This is our second year and we
have great results,” said Robert Crete, Boxing Canada Executive Director
The venue at the NAV Centre with the gigantic outdoor tent and two rings on the
banks of the Saint Lawrence River has become one of the favorite places for local
spectators, boxers, coaches to congregate and enjoy their favorite sport.
This year the competition has four doctors, two female and two male ready to assist
and take care of any problem.
“First day passed without any injury.” Said Dr. Ken Trinh, Medical Director for
The action in both rings was very uplifting and will continue tomorrow with two
sessions. Afternoon starts 13:00 ET and evening 19:00 ET with a total of 40 bouts.
“We had a very well contested night. The 75kg elite bout between Jeffrey Furtado
(QC) vs Mehdi Abidi (ON), was without doubt the fight of the night, it went back and
forth until the end,” said Roland Labbe, deputy supervisor.
Furtado won by a split decision 2-1 to Abidi.
The novices and open, as well as junior and youth were also a delight to watch.
“Most of the boxers are new to my eyes. Junior B and C were very well contested,
really competitive bouts.” Said Sonny Wong, chief of officials and a veteran of Boxing
“This is a great tournament.” Andrews said.