Windsor hosts the Provincial Championships this weekend and the top boxers are coming out to play. Thursday November 9 through Sunday November 12, 2006, the best amateur boxers will converge at the Provincial Cadet C, Junior & Senior Open Boxing Championships. This tournament is the fourth installment of the 2006-2007 CHAMPION SERIES season and is arguably the highlight for the majority of amateur boxers in Ontario. The winners at the Provincials are granted the opportunity to compete at the National Cadet, Senior and Junior Championships in the New Year. The tournament features many top names and rivalries in amateur boxing and here are just a few to look out for this weekend:
Senior Male Match-ups
60 kg division– Logan Cotton (Bigtyme Boxing Club) vs. Richard Chau (London Boxing Club), Logan, a Quest for Gold candidate, takes on Richard Chau who earned a Silver at the 2006 Nationals and earlier last month represented Canada against Italy at the Banger in the Hangar in London, ON. Richard Chau is also a Quest for Gold candidate. Logan claimed a Silver medal at the national championships two years ago. Let’s see who can hold on to the gold in this bout.
91kg division – Heavyweights Frankie Rill (Motor City Boxing Club) another Quest for Gold candidate will be up against Rock Bosquet (Gale Kerwin). In 2006 alone, Frankie represented Canada four times. He became the 2006 Ontario Champion, National Champion, and also received medals in international bouts from both Germany and Morocco. Rock Bosquet is aiming to halt Frankie’s winning streak.
Senior Female Match-ups
70kg division – Marianne Millar (Regency Boxing Club) vs. Amanda Beaulieu (ONTC). Face off in this final bout. Amanda who was recently nominated for the Quest for Gold program will be fighting for the Ontario title. Both women are equally matched but only one will reign supreme.
63kg division – Isabelle Perreault (Ottawa Beaver Boxing Club) vs. Claudia Renkwitz (Ottawa Beaver Boxing Club). Perreault is the reigning National Silver Medalist; the year before that, a National Bronze Medalist. Will it be gold this time? The winner of this bout becomes the 2006 Provincial Champion. A bout you sure do not want to miss.
Junior Male Match-ups
69kg divison – Jeremy Gabriel (Motor City Boxing Club) vs. Rob Shewell (Uptown Boxing Club). Twin brother to Jerome Gabriel, 2005’s National Junior Champ, and is ready to share that title with his brother. Newly inducted into the junior category, Rob is the 2006 National Cadet champ and is also hungry for the title. This bout is sure to be action packed with both contenders’ vying for the title for the first time.
Athletes to Watch
Andre Gorges 64kg Senior Male – Recently nominated for the Quest for Gold program.
Mandy Bujold 50kg Senior Female – Canada’s fastest rising champion and Quest for Gold contender. This past summer Mandy captured the 2006 Ringside Championship in Kansas. She is already headed to the gold medal round for this year’s championship title. Watch for her on Sunday November, 12 at 12pm.
Tony Luis 64kg Senior Male – Cornwall’s golden boy, literally. Tony is a 5- time provincial champ and has nothing else to do but to capture one more. Training out of Champs Eastside Boxing Club under his father-Jorge Luis, Tony is a favorite to become the 2006 Provincial Champ.
What: Cadet C, Junior & Senior Open Championships
When: Thursday November 9 – 7pm
Friday November 10 – 1 & 7pm
Saturday November 11 – 1 & 7pm
Sunday November 12 – 12pm
Where: Holiday Inn Select – 1855 Huron Church Rd, Windsor, ON
For more information on the tournament or to view entries and program, visit our web site, www.boxingontario.com