Canadian Pride

Ontario men Adam Trupish and Ibrahim Kamal will leave Mianyang, China having provided Canada with its best shot for a medal at the 13th World Amateur Boxing Championships.  Trupish, the last chance to advance beyond the preliminaries, fell to Magomed Nurudinov of Belarus on Friday, 38-23.  Still Trupish and Kamal were the only Canadians to win two bouts in the Championships, an exceptional feat given the quality of talent from around the globe.

For his efforts Trupish is now ranked 5th in the World by AIBA in the 69kg class and will receive his carding for an additional two years.  Coach Charlie Stewart said he could not be more proud of his boxer and his gym in general.  The Windsor Amateur Boxing Club now boasts a female ranked # 1 in the World and a Male ranked # 5 in the World.

Ibrahim Kamal performed very well in these, his first World Championships.  In his last bout versus Yordanis Ugas Hernandez of Cuba, a 23-14 loss, the final score was deceptive.  Kamal knocked Hernandez down to the canvas once in the first round and once in the second, getting two 8-counts on his opponent.  Shortly after the two fell down from locking up, and Kamal gravely hurt his leg.  He was forced to box the final round on one good leg, and this is where Hernandez scored his points.  Today the Cuban faced Baik Jong Sub of Korea, the 2004 Olympic Bronze Medalist, and won 34-16.  Needless to say, Kamal ran into some bad luck and is definitely capable of beating the best in the world.

Boxing Ontario congratulates all boxers and their coaches on an excellent showing in China and we are proud of your performances!  For complete and final results on the World Championships, visit www.aiba.net  Here are the full results for Ontario’s two champions:

Adam Trupish (69kg) – Windsor Amateur Boxing Club

Nov. 15 – Win versus Daivii Otgonbeyer of Mongolia 34-13
Nov. 17 – Win versus Orhan Ozturk of Netherlands RSC-1
Nov. 18 – Loss versus Magomed Nurudinov of Belarus 23-38.
Ranked 5th in the World by AIBA

Ibrahim Kamal (60kg) – Cabbagetown Boxing Club (Toronto)

Nov. 14 – Win versus Javakhan Hrachik of Armenia 29-18
Nov. 15 – Win versus Nersad Malicevic of Serbia & Montenegro 27-12
Nov. 17 – Loss versus Yordanis Ugas Hernandez of Cuba 23-14
First major World Tournament for Kamal

Don’t forget to check out Ibrahim Kamal’s interview in November’s TOP TEN Questions, located in the Members Only section of the website.

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