JULY 18, 2022 | TORONTO, ON. – The Brampton Cup, one of Canada’s largest and longest-running Olympic-style boxing tournaments, returns this week with a record-setting amount of athlete registrations in the tournament’s 39-year history.
Over 615 amateur athletes of all ages and skill levels from across Ontario, Canada, and the world—including the United States, the United Kingdom, and Africa—have registered to compete in the renowned tournament.
“After what felt like a never-ending story of postponements and restrictions due to the pandemic, we are honoured by just how many athletes are ready for the bell to ring at our first major tournament since 2020,” says Boxing Ontario President, Jennifer Huggins.
Following the official tournament draw on Friday, July 15, the complete Brampton Cup schedule will be released on Tuesday, July 19, meaning the athletes are one step closer to knowing their first opponents and making their mark on the time-honoured tournament.
The Brampton Cup started as a developmental boxing tournament for novice boxers to compete against other boxers of the same skill. “Usually boxing tournaments were for those boxers who had experience and were trying to advance provincially and nationally. The Brampton Cup gave novice boxers an opportunity to fight in an Olympic-style format with multiple rings and multiple opponents,” says host club, Bramalea Boxing.
Originally called the Roddy MacDonald Tournament, in 1983 the Bramalea Boxing Club—under the direction of Peter Sjouwerman—took over running the tournament and renamed it “The Brampton Cup”. In 2016, the Brampton Cup moved the tournament into the state-of-the-art Save Max Soccer Centre, formerly the Brampton Soccer Centre. The Brampton Cup introduced three boxing rings and expanded to six sessions, running over four days.
“As a developmental tournament, a lot of boxers had their start at the Brampton Cup. Some went on to represent Canada in the Olympics or turned professional. Some legendary Brampton Cup alumni are Dewith Frazer, Chris Johnson, Troy Ross, Egerton Marcus, and Lennox Lewis. Even this generation’s new professional boxers have boxed in this tournament such as Josh Frazer, Jake Daoust, Lucas Bahdi, Bonnie Hunter, Moe Zawadi, John Michael Bianco, and Carolyn Redmond to name a few,” says Bramalea Boxing.
“We’re so grateful to Kathy Sjouwerman and Bramalea Boxing Club for their dedication and hard work pulling this much-anticipated event together,” says Jennifer Huggins. “This month represents a new chapter for boxing in Ontario.”
For more information on the Brampton Cup, schedules, results, and spectator tickets, please visit BoxingOntario.com.
- Boxing Ontario | [email protected] | 416-426-7250
- Bramalea Boxing Club – Kathy Sjouwerman | [email protected] | 416-986-6636
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About Boxing Ontario:
Boxing Ontario is the only governing body for Olympic-style boxing in Ontario. As such, it is affiliated with Boxing Canada (CABA), the International Boxing Association (IBA) and the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture, & Sport. Founded in 1972, Boxing Ontario encompasses over 150 clubs, 2,500 competitors, and more than 12,000 recreational members.
About Bramalea Boxing Club:
Bramalea Boxing Club is the proud host of the Brampton Cup Tournament. The Bramalea Boxing Club has been a member of Boxing Ontario since its inception, training boxers in Olympic-style boxing for over 40 years.
Interviews are available virtually, via email, or phone with:
- Jennifer Huggins (President, Boxing Ontario)
- Erik Espinola (Executive Director, Boxing Ontario)
- Board Members (contacts available upon request)
Lead photo from Brampton Cup 2019. Photo credit: Yvano Antonio.
PDF version of the press release available here.