Russian Boxing Roulette Jump-starts Champion Series

The 2005-2006 Boxing Ontario tournament season kicks off next week with two of Ontario’s best females participating in the Women’s World Boxing Championships in Russia.  From September 25 – October 3 the best female amateur boxers on the planet will converge on the small town of Podolsk, just outside of Moscow, to compete for the World Title.  Mary Spencer of the Windsor Amateur Boxing Club and Katie Dunn of the Border City Boxing Club (also Windsor) will lead Team Canada.  A lot is at stake in Russia as the women not only battle to be world champion, but are looking ahead to a potential shot at the 2008 Olympic Games.  Spencer and Dunn are no strangers to international competition, both having won a Continental Title in Argentina and the Tourneo Italia World Tournament.  But the pressure to win in Russia is much greater and the consequences much more profound.

 

The first official Ontario boxing tournament of the ’05/’06 season, The Champion Series, will run from September 30 – October 2 in Brantford, Ontario.  The Summerhays Tournament is a developmental tournament for novice athletes ranging from 11-40 years of age.  Over 30 clubs from across the province will participate.  Brothers John, Terry, and Gary, for whom the tournament is named, are local boxing legends.  John and Gary were both Canadian Lightweight Champions and Terry was a champion welterweight.  Between the three of them they boxed against the likes of Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Clyde Gray, and Michael Spinks.

 

What:          Summerhays Boxing Tournament – Hosted by Brantford Youth Boxing Club
                    Sponsored to you by TOP TEN Canada
When:          Friday, September 30 from 7pm
                    Saturday, October 1 from 1pm and 7pm
                    Sunday, October 2 from 12pm NOON
Where:         Holiday Inn, 644 Colborne St East, Brantford – Tickets $10 per session
 
The new tournament season will feature eight major sanctioned events in Ontario between September and April.  The Champion Series 2005/2006, brought to you by Boxing Ontario and TOP TEN Canada, is listed below:

Date Tournament 
 Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2005 Summerhays Tournament
Brantford, ON 
 Oct. 28 – Oct. 30, 2005 Junior & Senior Novice Provincial Championships
St. Catharines, ON 
 Nov. 25 – Nov. 27, 2005 Junior & Senior OPEN Provincial Championships
Sarnia, ON 
 Jan. 6 – Jan. 8, 2006 National Senior Championships
St. Catharines, ON 
 Feb. 3 – Feb. 5, 2006 (*TBD*) Brampton Cup
Brampton, ON 
 Mar. 3 – Mar. 5, 2006 Cadet Novice & Open Provincial Championships
Mississauga, ON
 Apr. 7 – Apr. 9, 2006 National Cadet Championships & Female FTS
Sarnia, ON 
 Apr. 28 – Apr. 30, 2006 (*TBD*) Ray McGibbon’s Gloves Tournament
St. Catharines, ON 

* Date of Brampton Cup & Ray McGibbon’s is subject to change

There are also 4 Major Non-Ontario events taking place during the ’05/’06 season.  They are:

 Date Tournament 
 Sept. 25 – Oct. 3, 2005 Women’s World Championships
Podolsk, Russia
 Nov. 4 – Nov. 14, 2005 Men’s World Championships
Mianyang, China 
 Dec. 7 – Dec. 17, 2005 Francophone Games
Niamey, Niger 
 Jan. 26 – Jan. 29, 2006  National Junior Championships & Male FTS
St. Hyacinthe, Quebec 

For more information on the CHAMPION SERIES, and a printable schedule, visit our website www.boxingontario.com

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