ONTARIO vs QUEBEC Boxing Gala

Champions Challenge Community to Support Amateur Boxing’s Finest

In conjunction with its annual Awards Ceremony, Boxing Ontario presents a first-class Olympic boxing and dinner event on June 17 in Oakville. The gala will feature an “Ontario vs. Quebec” boxing showdown, with provincial and national champions from both provinces squaring off against one another. Event details can be found on the Special Events page of the website.

5-Time World Champion and Oakville native Donovan Bailey today issued a “challenge” to the business sector in Oakville, the Greater Toronto Area, and surrounding areas including Burlington and Hamilton, to participate in this boxing gala. “Boxing Ontario is working very hard to bring some of the best amateur boxers in the nation to Oakville. We need to support our elite athletes and there is no better opportunity to do so when we have an exciting event such as this in our own backyard.”

Mike Post, another Oakville product and current WBE US Welterweight Boxing Champion, echoes Bailey’s sentiments. “Boxing, especially at the amateur ranks, needs the support of people around here,” said Post from his Oakville home yesterday. “People have this misconception that boxing is a barbarian sport with no class and that is not true.” Post, who plans to attend on June 17 and who currently is ranked #2 in the nation as a professional welterweight, says he hopes to follow Donovan Bailey’s footsteps and bring a title home to Oakville.

George Chuvalo, co-host alongside Bailey for the gala, is still a regular at amateur events throughout the year. He continues to give back and he proposes the community do the same. This one is “sure to be a knockout,” says Chuvalo, whose Fight Against Drugs campaign will receive a portion of the proceeds from the event, along with Boxing Ontario’s Athlete Development Fund. Chuvalo was the undisputed Canadian Heavyweight Champion for 21 years, but is perhaps best known for his work with youth and support groups.

Boxing Ontario is seeking to make this corporate show an annual boxing rivalry between Ontario and Quebec. Its hopes are to find a permanent home for this blockbuster and if the community supports it, the event will stay in Oakville. Boxing Ontario is also offering a draw for one lucky winner to sit alongside Donovan Bailey and George Chuvalo at the event. The winner will be chosen from the first 10 corporate tables that are purchased through Boxing Ontario.

Boxing Ontario has also announced it has extended its ticket deadline to Friday, June 10, 5pm.

A special thanks to CORE Rehabilitation & Health Services Centre in Oakville for their support and use of their facility!


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