Round 2 of the Boxing Ontario CHAMPION SERIES tournament season concluded this weekend with The Junior and Senior Novice Provincial Championships. The event is also a memorial for the late Arnie Boehm, a coaching legend who inspired the likes of Lennox Lewis, Chris Johnson, and the Vanderpool brothers Fitzroy, Syd, and Keith. The tournament was hosted by the St. Catharines Boxing Club from October 28 – 30 and featured the province’s top novice amateur boxers as well as some Open class pugilists who are preparing for the Open Provincials this month.
Best Male Boxer for the tournament was awarded to Glenn Hunter of the St. Catharines Boxing Club. Hunter faced up-and-comer David Jenner of KAYO Boxing Club of Chatham in the Main Event Bout of the finals. Glenn’s experience (reigning Provincial Champion and National Bronze Medalist) in the 81kg Male Open division was too much for Jenner to handle, resulting in a 27-7 victory. Hunter will box at the Provincial Championships later this month and will also represent Canada at the Francophone Games in December.
Best Female Boxer for the weekend was Rosie Thomas of the Gale Kerwin Boxing Club of Ottawa. Rosie overwhelmed her opponent in the finals to capture the 54kg Senior Female Open title. Her combination of quick speed and power has Rosie tabbed as one to watch at the upcoming Provincial Championships.
Best Cadet Boxer of the weekend was awarded to Steve Wilcox of the Steeltown Boxing Club in Hamilton. Competing in a very talented young division, the 16 year old won two tough bouts in the 54kg Cadet C Open class. For his achievement Steve was selected as Boxing Ontario’s “Athlete of the Month” for November.
Best Junior Male Boxer was an easy decision for the judges, as Orangeville’s Logan Cotton received the honours. The Big Tyme Boxing Club prodigy displayed his dominance in the ring in the 64kg Junior Open class, comfortably winning two bouts against gritty opponents and putting himself in great position for a Junior Provincial Championship run this month.
Best Bout of the weekend was awarded to Jason Pruyn of Bland’s Boxing Club (Crystal Beach) versus James Carpio of Atlas Boxing Club (Toronto). In the 60kg Senior Male Novice division, the two traded punches to the finish. The result was a tie score at 17-17, with Carpio claiming the narrow win on a 67-66 countback score.
Best Prospect for the tournament was Josh Northwood of the St. Catharines Boxing Club. The 12 year old competed very well in winning the Cadet A 34kg division and he looks to be a bright star for the future of Ontario amateur boxing.
The Junior & Senior Open Provincial Championships, featuring the best in Ontario amateur boxing, run from November 25 â€“ 27 in Sarnia, Ontario. For complete tournament information and results visit the CHAMPION SERIES section at www.boxingontario.com
Boxing Ontario is the governing body for amateur boxing in Ontario. We are a voluntary association committed to promoting the lifestyle benefits of amateur boxing to children, youth and adults throughout the province. We provide safe competitive and recreational programs to our athletes, coaches and officials, and support our clubs in delivering quality programs and events. For more information on our association please visit www.boxingontario.com