Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Canadian amateur boxing at the crossroads - July showdowns


Who would of thought that the month of July would be the
most significant month for two competing groups in the 
battle over  Amateur Boxing in Canada.

The primary body of Boxing Canada and the related 
provincial bodies have set the bar to a high level with
the staging of the first ever Canadian Golden Gloves
that takes place between July 16 to 21, 2013 in 
Cornwall, Ontario.  

The alternative group comprised of the 
Ontario Boxing Association (OBA) and the BC group
that go by the name of Combsport were expecting to
gather momentum of winning the hearts and minds of 
boxing fans with the WBC sponsored two province
version of a Canadian Amateur Boxing Championship
set for  July 19, 2013 in Langley, BC,but nobody would
have guessed that Boxing Canada would win out in the
publicity department with cross-Canada support from 
some high level VIP's. 

The Stage Is Set For Both Groups to Shine as best they can:

On a provincial level in British Columbia, the battle to win 
the top spot for amateur boxing has been waged for the last
several years. 

CHANGE of PLANS for the WBC - BC vs Ontario showdown:
*the decision why BC's Combsport  and Ontario's OBA 

changed the date to September is not clear, but it was 
good that it did not take place today Friday as the 
coverage of it would not be that great as the CANADIAN
GOLDEN GLOVES has much more effect and has a 
greater historical significance.  

Monday, July 15, 2013

CANADIAN GOLDEN GLOVES - Looking back & Looking forward

CANADIAN GOLDEN GLOVES tournaments: by brian zelley

Link to the past - a blueprint for the future

BC GOLDEN GLOVES - Looking back & Looking forward

* with the start of the initial Canadian  Golden Gloves tournament,
we have no idea if it will be an annual affair that reaches
 year 2020 and beyond. 

But, the success of the original "Sun Golden Gloves"
and the first six to seven years provides a perfect blueprint 
Boxing Canada as this tournament moves into subsequent years.

Friday, July 12, 2013


The Birth of the Canadian Golden Gloves:

Tucked away in the body of a Boxing Canada story by
Raquel Ruiz on June 2, 2013 was reference to a first ever
Canadian Golden Gloves Championship to be held in
Cornwall, Ontario in July of 2013.

Nine days later, on the Boxing Canada site there was an
announcement of the tournament with the headlines:
"Inaugral Canadian Golden Gloves Championships.
In that article, the key spokesperson to talk about the event  
was Robert Crete of Boxing Canada.  Also, president 
Pat Fiacco had a small bit to say about the future.
Some specific details of the event are:
Location and site: Nav Centre in Cornwall, Ontario
which was the site of the 2012 Women's Elite 
Intercontinental tournament. 

Visions from the Past: 
* there has been no clear identification as to what factor
determined to host this first ever tournament, but there was
a time tracing back to 1946 in British Columbia when one of 
the key individuals behind the start of the Golden Gloves in
British Columbia by the name of William J. Finlay made his
hopes, wishes and dreams for the Canadian Golden Gloves.
"Billy's dream" was published in the 1946 "Sun Golden Gloves:
program February 14, 1946 on page five.  Now 67 years later
Billy's dream back in Vancouver, BC in 1946 is to become a reality
in Cornwall, Ontario in July 2013.

Names In The News: pre-tournament buzz 
* some of the expected boxers in the tournament are being 
mentioned in various newspapers in places like Brandon, 
and Cornwall. 

In the "Brandon Sun", Chris Jester's article was titled
"Brandon boxers set for Golden Gloves" mentions 
Natasha Armstrong and I. Hayden as two of the Brandon
based boxers.

Some names from Alberta ready for action are:
Eric Taylor, Robbie Cusine and Gwyn Lewis.  Taylor will
be in the crowded men's senior lightweight division with 
some top names such as Brad Katona of Manitoba,
Jag Seehra from British Columbia and David Gauthier
from Quebec. 

Good Vibrations from Boxing Canada
* Some quality pre-tournament buzz from Boxing Canada
Raquel Ruiz leads the charge with a July 16, 2013 story.

Saturday, July 06, 2013