It’s time for Feature Friday, when we share the stories about the incredible people in the Boxing Ontario community! This week’s feature is Tommy Amaral, Boxing Ontario’s recently appointed Chair of the Officials Commission & Provincial Chief Official.

How did you first get involved in boxing?

TA: I joined a boxing club in 2003 to get in shape and to fulfill a childhood dream of learning to box.

What first inspired you to become an Official?

TA: It was an opportunity to volunteer and give back to the sport and to experience the events up close.

Tell us about your progression in the sport.

TA: After I joined the club and learned the sport, I began competing for 2 years. In 2005, I took a Boxing Ontario coaching course so I could coach boxers. In 2006, I took the officials course and have been an active official ever since.

What motivates you as an Official?

TA: Upholding the integrity of the sport and watching young athletes progress and succeed to the international stage.

What has been your biggest challenge as an Official?

TA: Ensuring all the officials are consistent with their officiating (the rules, application of the rules, judging and officiating).

What is your biggest achievement in the sport?

TA: Achieving my AIBA Level 1.

What are your goals in the sport?

TA: 1. To achieve my 3-Star AIBA level.
2. Represent Canada on the international stage in major tournaments, and ultimately the Olympics.

What would you like people to know about boxing?

TA: Boxing makes a difference in people’s lives. It not only promotes a healthy lifestyle, but it has been shown to improve confidence, release stress, and is fun!

Boxing Ontario President, Jennifer Huggins, comments on Tommy’s appointment as Chair of the Officials Commission & Provincial Chief Official:

I have had the honour of working with Tommy since the start of my officiating career. Not only have I watched him grow into one of Canada’s top officials, but I’ve been fortunate to also have his support personally every step of the way. Since taking the Chief Official position with Boxing Ontario in 2018, Tommy has worked alongside myself and our Commission to build our Officiating program to be what it is today.


I can’t wait to provide Tommy with the same support he’s shown me as competition finally opens back up in our province.