3 Canadians are heading to Bulgaria for the 2018 Strandja Tournament

Three National Team boxers are currently on their way to Bulgaria to take part in the 69th International Boxing Tournament "Strandja '18". Organized by the Bulgarian Boxing Federation, the competition will take place from February 19th to the 25th and will regroup over 250 boxers from across the globe. 
Here are the Canadian boxers who will take part in the competition:
57Kg Sabrina Aubin
75Kg Tammara Thibeault
91 Kg Bryan Colwell
The official draw is scheduled on Monday February 19th and the competition will kick off on the same day. To follow the progress of our athletes, visit our Event Web page where information will be updated daily. 

Boxing Canada’s President Pat Fiacco appointed as the Technical Delegate for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

AIBA is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Pat Fiacco, AIBA Executive Committee Member and Chairman of Technical & Rules Commission, as the Technical Delegate for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
AIBA has full confidence that his experience and knowledge of the sport of boxing will contribute to the great success of these Games.
(Source: AIBA website - February 9, 2018)
“I was very fortunate to participate in the Athens 2004 Olympic Games as Canada’s Referee and Judge. In 2012, I served as the Deputy Technical Delegate at the London Olympic Games. I would like express my sincerest gratitude to the AIBA leadership for this appointment. I have now been given the biggest responsibility of my boxing career, to serve as the Technical Delegate for the sport of Boxing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. This is the first time a Canadian will serve in this role. I am humbled and honoured and will ensure to demonstrate Canadian values expected of all Canadians. I will also make sure to proudly represent the entire AIBA Boxing family by not only my actions but by my entire Technical Officials.” mentions Pat Fiacco.
Previously, Pat Fiacco had been appointed as the Technical Delegate for many International Competitions, such as the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Quatar. He has also been a member of AIBA Referees & Judges Commission since 2011 before being appointed as Chairman of the Technical & Rules Commission in November 2017. Pat Fiacco was elected to AIBA's Executive Committee in 2014.

Four Canadians took part in the 2018 edition of the Golden Girl Championship

This past weekend, four Canadian boxers travelled along coach Jill Perry to participate in the 2018 Golden Girl Championship, the biggest female boxing tournament in the world taking place in Borås, Sweden. Two National Team athletes, 54 Kg Sara Haghighat-Joo and 81 Kg Marija Curran, were part of the Championship.


Here are the day-by-day results:


Youth 60 Kg Katelyn Vanderlaan (CAN) lost by split decision against Ellis Hopkins (ENG)
Elite 54 Kg Sara Haghighat- Joo (CAN) won by unanimous decision against Katrin Noren (SWE)

Elite 54 Kg Sara Haghighat-Joo (CAN) lost 1-4 against Sara Svensson (SWE)
Elite 69 Kg Carolyn Redmond (CAN) won 4-1 against Lena Bertelsen (DEN)

Elite 69 Kg Carolyn Redmond (CAN) lost 1-4 against Marianne Ahlborg (SWE)
Elite 81 Kg Marija Curran (CAN) won 5-0 against Martine Kjartansdottir (NOR)
Moreover, Sara Haghighat-Joo was awarded "Best Bout" of the tournament for her performance against Swedish boxer Katrin Noren.

For more pictures from the Golden Girl Championships:

(credit: Margit Kincses)

24 Canadians are newly certified with AIBA 1-Star Coaching Course

On November 20-26 2017, Boxing Canada hosted its first AIBA 1-star Coaching certification course at INS Québec (Institut National du Sport du Québec) in Montréal, where 24 Canadian coaches from across the country had been selected to go through the first level of International certification. The week-long seminar taught by the instructor Fabricio Leclercq from France.


Congratulations to all the coaches, we now have 24 newly certified AIBA 1-star coaches! "With this course, we now have a larger pool of certified coaches that will be able to travel internationally." mentions Daniel Trépanier, Boxing Canada's High Performance Director. 


Here's the list of the Canadian coaches who obtained their certification through this seminar:
  • Vincent AUCLAIR (QC)
  • Joseph BLANCHARD (NB)
  • Jonathan BOCHNER (ON)
  • Pascal BRABANT (QC)
  • David BRETT (BC)
  • Mandy BUJOLD (ON)
  • Socrates CELESTIAL (ON)
  • François DUGUAY (QC)
  • Samir EL MAIS (AB)
  • Shyloe Marie FIACCO (SK)
  • Dewith FRAZER (ON)
  • Vladimir GOLDENSTEIN (AB)
  • Wayne GORDON (NS)
  • Warren GRENIER (AB)
  • Jason HAYWARD (NL)
  • Miranda KAMAL (ON)
  • Benoit MARTEL (QC)
  • Raymond NAPPER (ON)
  • Robert PEGUES (BC)
  • Jill PERRY (ON)
  • Jesse PINEIRO (BC)
  • Ghislain VAUDREUIL (QC)
  • Stephanie WALKER (NS)
This coaching seminar is the second AIBA course being held in Canada in 2017, following a 1-Star referee and judges Certification course that took place in Quebec City during the Canadian Championships.

Team Canada claimed 10 victories over a total of 14 bouts against Poland (recap)

On January 26 & 28, Team Canada stepped into the ring against Poland as part of a Dual Match, an international Olympic-style boxing competition where various countries will be invited each year to challenge the Canadian delegation. For its 1st edition, Canada welcomed Poland.
After a week-long training camp, eight international bout were on the card for the 1st of 2 boxing events held at Club de Boxe de l'Est in Montreal. Here are the results:




52 Kg Eder Clervoix
56 Kg Eric Basran
60 Kg Luis Santana
64 Kg Wyatt Sanford
69 Kg Hunter Lee
75 Kg Triston Brookes
81 Kg Harley-David O'Reilly
91+ Kg Alexis Barrière
2 - 1
3 - 0
2 - 1
3 - 0
1 - 2
2 - 1
0 - 3
lost RSC (r3) 
52 Kg Jakub Slominski
56 Kg Maciej Jozwik
60 Kg Adrian Kowal
64 Kg Karol Kowal
69 Kg Filip Wachala
75 Kg Bartosz Golebiewski
81 Kg Jakub Kasprzak
91+ Kg Aleksander Stawirej
Following their impressive bouts, 52 Kg Eder Clervoix and Jakub Slominski received the trophies for best boxers of the show, 60 Kg Luis Santana and Adrian Kowal were awarded the prize for the best bout.
The boxers had the opportunity for a rematch on Sunday January 28. Due to a few injuries, six bouts were on the card for the rematch and here are the results:
52 Kg Eder Clervoix
56 Kg Eric Basran
60 Kg Luis Santana
64 Kg Wyatt Sanford
69 Kg Hunter Lee
81 Kg Harley-David O'Reilly
3 - 0
3 - 0
3 - 0
3 - 0
0 - 3
2 - 1
52 Kg Jakub Slominski
56 Kg Maciej Jozwik
60 Kg Adrian Kowal
64 Kg Karol Kowal
69 Kg Filip Wachala
81 Kg Jakub Kasprzak
Overall, the first edition was a great success as Team Canada claimed 10 victories over a total of 14 bouts. It was a great preparatory event for the boxers who will take part in the 2018 Canadian Championships in March or the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in April.

To view all pictures from the event:

Canada vs Poland: An international Olympic-style boxing event in Montreal

Boxing Canada presents the first edition of an international Olympic-style boxing event, the Canada-Poland Dual Match, an annual competition where various countries will be invited each year to challenge the Canadian delegation. For the 1st edition, Team Canada welcomes Poland's National Team. 
The "Canada vs Poland" programme includes a week-long training camp, culminating in two events featuring eight fights  on Friday, January 26th at 7pm and on Sunday, January 28th at 1pm at East Boxing Club in Montreal, QC.
Having recently centralized the National Team within INS Québec, this boxing event is a springboard for the development of our Olympic sport and it is also a great opportunity for our National Team athletes to measure up against world-calibre boxers.
The public of all ages will be invited to attend these events where the spectators will have the occasion to become more familiar with Olympic-style boxing as our boxers are midway through the Tokyo 2020 quadrennial. 
The Canadian boxers will have the chance to perform before a roaring local crowd, a rare occurrence as most international competitions are held outside Canada. Moreover, Friday night' card will also feature a few local bouts.
The participating boxers for both events will be confirmed next week.
Tickets are available at East Boxing Club as well as at Boxing Canada's office ($20 pre-sale and $25 at the door). Quantities are limited, don't miss the opportunity to see world class boxers in action!  
For more information, please contact Boxing Canada at (514) 861-5513 or 

Boxing Canada Nominates Seven Boxers to 2018 Commonwealth Games Team

Montreal – December 12th, 2017.  Boxing Canada is proud to nominate the seven boxers who will represent Canada as they step into the ring at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia April 4-15, 2018. The dynamic group composed of three men and four women will set their sight on the podium come April.


The draw will be known on April 4th and the boxing tournament will be held over ten days of competition from April 5-14 at Oxenford Studios, film studio and home to Hollywood blockbusters. The Canadian boxing delegation will field a stellar roster which combines veteran leadership and youthful pugilists. In addition, it will be the first multi-sports Games environment for five boxers on the team.


The Canadian boxers nominated to the 2018 Commonwealth Games Team are:


56 Kg    Eric Basran (Montreal, QC)
64 Kg    Thomas Blumenfeld (Montreal, QC)
81 Kg    Harley-David O’Reilly (Montreal, QC)


51 Kg    Mandy Bujold (Kitchener, ON)
57 Kg    Sabrina Aubin (St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC)
60 Kg    Caroline Veyre (Montreal, QC)
75 Kg    Tammara Thibeault (Montreal, QC)
“It’s truly an honour and a privilege to have been nominated to the Commonwealth Games. After years of hard work and sacrifices, I’m fulfilling one of my biggest dreams - to represent my country in Olympic-style boxing at a major Games.” said Harley-David O’Reilly. “I am confident that we will obtain great performances with this amazing team and that each athlete has the potential to medal.”


The vigorous team of Canadian boxers will be led by Olympian Mandy Bujold, who will attend the Commonwealth Games for the second time after winning bronze at Glasgow in 2014. The selected athletes have showcased themselves against world-class boxers in the last few months and Boxing Canada is confident that they will offer great chances to contribute to Canada’s medal count.


“It was a very difficult decision to select our team with the great number of boxers striving to represent Canada on the international stage. Our team, for the most part, is new as we start the pathway to Tokyo 2020.” said Pat Fiacco, Boxing Canada’s President. “Even though this team has limited international experience, each athlete is more than capable of winning medals and we see improvements every time they step in the ring. Mandy’s leadership will certainly elevate the team’s performance!”


A last training camp will take place at Smithy’s Gym in Toowoomba, Australia to put the final touches on their preparation and to acclimatize to the time difference. National Team coach João Carlos Barros and High Performance Director Daniel Trépanier will be leading the team in and out of the ring.


Historically, Boxing Canada has performed very well at the Commonwealth Games. At Glasgow 2014, the Canadian delegation claimed three medals with Samir El Mais (81Kg – gold), Ariane Fortin (75Kg – silver) and Mandy Bujold (51Kg – bronze).


"Boxing is always an exciting sport to watch and I look forward to welcoming and supporting the seven men and women nominated today by Boxing Canada to the 2018 Commonwealth Games," said Chef de Mission Claire Carver-Dias." With their triple-medal performance at the last Games, I know that they will be a podium threat once again next April."


The entire Canadian Team will be officially announced by Commonwealth Games Canada in March 2018.


The 2018 Games will take place April 4-15, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia, with 70 participating countries and over 4000 athletes taking part.


Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC) is the international franchise holder for the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth movement in Canada, and an active, contributing member of the Canadian sport community. The mission of CGC is to strengthen sport within Canada and throughout the Commonwealth by participating in the Commonwealth Games and by using sport as a development tool. Visit for information.



Boxing Canada is the national governing body for the sport of Olympic boxing in the country recognized by the Canadian Olympic Committee. The goal of Boxing Canada is to promote, organize and coordinate the sport of Boxing for the advancement of the sport and its members of all levels and ages. The organization’s vision is to inspire Canadians to make Olympic boxing a major sport and physical activity while striving towards Canada being a dominant nation internationally. For more information, visit

Olympian Arthur Biyarslanov moves on to professional career

After dedicating more than a decade to boxing, Arthur Biyarslanov has decided to bow out of Olympic boxing to transition into professional boxing. With a record of 98 amateur bouts (85-13), Arthur had been thinking about making the jump to the professional ranks since 2014, but had decided to persevere in order to gain more experience and reach the world’s largest competitions before the transition. After a great career as a representative of Team Canada, he is now ready to enter the next phase of his life.


Arthur took up boxing at the age of 13 and has been fully committed to his sport since winning his first Canadian title in 2011 and realizing how much potential he had for his chosen sport. Since then, the Chechen Wolf has cumulated five National titles and countless awards, and has represented Canada at every major Games, including three World Championships, two Continental Championships, Commonwealth Games, a gold medal at the 2015 Pan Am Games and a Top 16 at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.  “Throughout the last years on the National Team, my best moment has to be the 2015 Pan American Games in my hometown of Toronto. We had a good training camp with the full team prior to the Games and everyone performed well. There was such a great team spirit and atmosphere.” mentioned Arthur when reflecting on his fondest memory with Boxing Canada.
Qualifying for these tournaments took a lot of hard work and training in the gym. “I have beaten Olympic and world medalists, I am now more than ready to turn pro.” In the future, he also wishes to open his own gym to give the opportunity to youths to live an active and healthy lifestyle, while giving back to the community. Moreover, besides his boxing aspirations, Arthur also plans on resuming his academic career to obtain his degree after putting his studies on hold to concentrate on his Olympic dream.


“I extend my heartfelt thanks to Arthur for his devotion throughout his years spent on the Canadian Youth and Elite National Team. Arthur occupied an important role among the team for a long time. He was the first male athlete since 1975 to win a gold medal at the Pan Am Games before becoming a member of the Canadian Olympic delegation in 2016.” says Daniel Trépanier, Boxing Canada High Performance Director. “I wish him much success in his new projects.”


Boxing Canada is extremely proud of Arthur Biyarslanov’s accomplishments on the world stage and wishes him the best of luck for his future endeavors. We look forward to seeing you progress amongst the professional rank.

5 medals for Team Canada at the International Boxing Tournament “Balkan”

The third edition of the International Boxing Tournament "Balkan" came to an end on Sunday and the Canadian delegation left its mark, claiming a total of five medals! Indeed, it's a great improvement compared to last year performance as Bianca Paquin (51Kg) was the sole Canadian to step onto the podium.

This year, Caroline Veyre (60Kg) and Marija Curran (81Kg) both reached the finales on Sunday in the hopes to climb on the highest step of the podium. Here's a recap of the final day of competition:


During the 60Kg final, Caroline Veyre faced the Brazilian Beatriz Jasmin Sonny Ferreira in a much anticipated bout. Indeed, the final was the perfect occasion for a rematch as Ferreira had won gold by a split decision of 4-1 against Veyre at the Continental Championships back in June.

However, after three intense rounds, it's the hand of the Brazilian that was once again raised following a unanimous win (5-0). Caroline Veyre wins the Silver medal after an impressive tournament.

As for Marija Curran, she was facing the #9 in the world, Liubov Iusupov, her second Russian opponent of the tournament after defeating Viktoria Krylova in semifinals.

Despite a deducted point and three judges allocating an equal score, Marija Curran won by a 3-2 split decision and was crowned champion in the 81Kg weight category!  "I'm delighted to have won the Balkan Cup, but having the opportunity to represent Canada while doing what I love is definitely the best part of this experience. While I wish I could've fought a variety of countries, I was pleased to compete against two Russians. Anyone who has glanced at a history book knows they're tough and we were there for good fights." mentioned Marija Curran upon her return to Canada.

As for Christian Zelenco (Youth, 48Kg), Charlie Cavanagh (Youth, 69Kg) and Sabrina Aubin (57Kg), they all claimed Bronze in their respective division after being defeated in semifinals.

Congratulations to all Canadian boxers for their great performance throughout the tournament!

Caroline Veyre and Marija Curran reach the finals of the International Boxing Tournament “Balkan”

On the third day of competition, it was already time for the semifinal of the International Boxing Tournament "Balkan" where 5 Canadians were scheduled to compete for a chance to reach the finals. Here are the scores from the day in case you missed it:


48Kg Christian Zelenco (CAN)  lost 0 - 5 Emi-Mari Todorova (BUL)

69Kg Charlie Cavanagh (CAN) lost 0 - 5 Patricia Budai (POL)



57Kg Sabrina Aubin (CAN) lost 2 - 3 Pwilao Basumatary (IND)

60Kg Caroline Veyre (CAN) won 5 - 0 Tuten Neuyen Thi (VIE)

 81Kg Marija Curran (CAN) won 3 - 2 Viktoria Krylova (RUS)


Caroline Very and Marija Curran are now moving on to the final of the competition and will be fighting for GOLD on Sunday in the hopes to become champion in their weight category! Marija Curran will now compete against another Russian boxer, Liubov Iusupov. As for Caroline Veyre, she will now face Beatriz Jasmin Sonny Ferreira from Brazil, a much anticipated bout as the two faced each other in finals of the AMBC Continental Championships in June. 

Caroline Veyre has now won three bouts by unanimous decision in as many days of competition! "Yesterday, my opponent was agressive and she never gave up. I had to work hard until the end to get the win." mentioned the 60 Kg Canadian representative after the semifinals. "I now have a day off before the finals against the Brazilian who beat me in finals of the Continental Championships and I can't wait the rematch!"

As for Christian Zelenco, Charlie Cavanagh and Sabrina Aubin, the participation in the tournament has come to an end, but they are still coming back from the competition with a BRONZE medal. Congratulations!!

To see the results of the draw, you can visit our Event Web page for more information (schedule, results, and link for live streaming).