Elite National Team

51 Kg
Club: TNT Boxing Academy
Coach: Stephen Bailey
Date of birth: July 25th 1987
Birthplace: Cobourg, Ontario
Hometown: Kitchener, Ontario
Height: 160cm (5’2″)
Weight category :51kg

NOTABLE RESULTS

2017 CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS | SILVER
2016 RIO OLYMPIC GAMES | TOP 5
2016 CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS | GOLD
2015 & 2011 PAN AM GAMES | GOLD
2014 COMMONWEALTH GAMES | BRONZE

BIOGRAPHY

Mandy Bujold’s interest towards boxing started when she lived in Moncton. Her parents bought a punching bag and two sets of boxing gloves in the hopes that her brothers would hit the bag instead of each other, but Mandy decided to give it a try out of curiosity and rapidly began to enjoy boxing. When her family later moved to Kitchener, Ontario, she followed her brothers’ footsteps and joined the local boxing club as a way to get in shape. Boxing quickly became her passion !

 

Her Olympic dream began after she won her junior national title in 2006. That result gave her the drive to be the best and make the national team. One year later, she was the Elite national champion and also won the American Continental Championships, her first of three victories at the event. Mandy made her debut at the AIBA’s Women World Championships in 2008 and has competed at each edition of the global competition since, recording her best result in 2014 when she finished in the top eight after a quarterfinal loss to eventual silver medalist Lisa Whiteside of England.

 

Mandy’s career highlight is winning Gold at the 2011 Pan American Games, the first time women’s boxing was included in the multi-sport competition. She also earned another multi-sport medal in 2014 when she won Bronze at the Commonwealth Games in Gasgow. Now a nine-time national champion, Mandy successfully defended her Pan American title in Toronto in 2015, defeating American world #1 Marlen Esparza in final. Mandy went to earn her Olympic berth with a gold medal at the American Continental Qualifier that took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina in March 2016. At the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Mandy finished Top 5 after a loss incurred in quarterfinals.

 

Beyond her career as an athlete, Mandy has been pursuing her undergrad degree in Liberal Arts at the University of Waterloo and on a long term basis, she would like to work in event planning or in public relations.

FUN FACTS

NICKNAME :  Bujold
FAVORITE MOTTO : ”If you can see it you can create it, if you can feel it you can perform it, if you can image it you can achieve it.”
FAVORITE TV SHOW & MOVIE : Mindy Project and Girlfight
FAVORITE MUSIC : Country music
TYPICAL PRE-BOUT MEAL : Oatmeal and rice crackers with peanut butter
OTHER SPORTS & HOBBIES : Running and hiking
PLACE TO VISIT IN HER LIFE : French Polynesia
LIFE & CAREER OBJECTIVES : Live a passionate and well-balanced life

 

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54 Kg
Club: TNT Boxing Academy
Coach: Stephen Bailey
Date of birth: June 17th, 1994
Birthplace: North Vancouver, British Columbia
Hometown: Guelph, Ontario
Height: 162cm (5’3″)
Weight category: 54kg

NOTABLE RESULTS

2017 CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS | SILVER
2017 CANADIAN CHAMPION & BEST BOXER OF THE TOURNAMENT
2016 GOLDEN GIRL TOURNAMENT (SWEDEN) | GOLD & BEST BOXER OF THE TOURNAMENT
2X GOLDEN GLOVES CHAMPION

BIOGRAPHY

Sara Haghighat-Joo started boxing at the age of 16 at the Astoria Boxing Club in Vancouver, BC. She initially started because she grew tired of team sports in high school as one of her coaches held told her she would not get much playing time. It is her parents that suggested she try out boxing. At first, she did it for the fitness aspect of the sport, but after only four months of training, her coach taught she was ready to start sparring and that is when she quickly realized she was quite good at boxing. In the short span of four months of sparring, she had her first bout at the BC Golden Gloves Tournament and she won the competition in the Youth division and later on, as an Elite boxer as well. Even since, she never looked back and she moved halfway across the country, away from her hometown and family, to pursue boxing and train with the best. She knows that every decisions she made were the right ones to get to where she hopes to get.

 

Sara loves the adrenaline rush she gets during competition. Also, since it is an individual sport, she likes that the pressure to perform is on herself. In the next ten years, she wishes to competed at the highest level: the Olympic Games. If it’s not in 2020, she will keep trying for 2024. “I know it’s not an easy goal, but if it was easy, everyone would be there 😉 “

 

Sara completed two years of her Undergrad in Human Kinetics. She transferred from University of British Columbia (UBC) to the University of Guelph, but she it currently taking it very slowly as she is currently training full-time for boxing. She would like to become an Athletic Therapist.

FUN FACTS

FAVORITE TV SHOW & MOVIE : Grey’s Anatomy & Pursuit of Happiness
FAVORITE MUSIC : Hip Hop
TYPICAL PRE-BOUT MEAL : Oatmeal with a bowl of fruits and coffee
OTHER SPORTS & HOBBIES : Basketball
PLACES TO VISIT IN HER LIFE : Thailand
FUN FACT THAT FEW PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT HER : I played violin from the ages 8 to 12
LIFE & CAREER OBJECTIVES : Eventually, when she finishes her schooling, she would like to become an Athletic Therapist. All my life, I suffered from a lot of injuries and I want to be able to give back and share the knowledge about whatI went through as an athlete and how to overcome these injuries.

 

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57 Kg
Club: Boxemontréal.com
Coach: Danielle Bouchard
Date of birth: October 19th, 1984
Birthplace: St-Jean, QC
Hometown: St-Jean, QC
Height: 168cm (5’6″)
Weight category: 57 kg

NOTABLE RESULTS 

2017 CANADIAN CHAMPION
2015 CANADIAN OLYMPIC QUALIFIER (60 Kg)  | 2nd place
2014 CEINTURE MONTANA (FRANCE) | GOLD

BIOGRAPHY

Sabrina Aubin made her boxing debut at the age of 21 after seeing the movie “Million Dollar Baby”. At the time, Sabrina had been playing basketball for nine years, but a knee injury prevented her from pursuing the sport further. She then decided to set a new sport objective and the movie made her want to try boxing, a sport where her knee would not be a problem. She first started out as a recreational member, but rapidly transition toward competition. The technique, the strategy (similar to a chess game) as well as the challenge that boxing represents are her favorite aspect of the sport.

 

Beyond her boxing accomplishments, Sabrina also obtained her Bachelor degree in Kinesiology at UQAM. In the future, she wishes to continue practicing boxing for fun, be a coach and spread her passion for her sport.

FUN FACTS

NICKNAME : Sab
FAVORITE MUSIC : Varied
FAVORITE MOVIES :  Lord of the ring, Marvel movies
TYPICAL PRE-BOUT MEAL : Meat with rice and vegetables
OTHER SPORTS & HOBBIES : Weight training and eating
PLACE TO VISIT IN HER LIFE : Everywhere I’ve never been!
LIFE & CAREER OBJECTIVES : Continue what I’m doing (Kinesiology), acquire a “pied à terre” in the United States and travel

 

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60 Kg
Club: East Boxing Club
Coach: Leonard Kwitkowski
Date of birth: October 4th, 1988
Birthplace: Paris, France
Hometown: Montreal, Quebec
Height: 167cm (5’5″)
Weight category: 60 kg

NOTABLES RESULTS

2017 CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS | SILVER
2015 PAN AM GAMES | GOLD
2014 CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS |BRONZE
2013 CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS BRONZE

BIOGRAPHY

Originally from Paris, Caroline Veyre immigrated to Canada in 2003 after visiting the country a few years earlier as her mother came to Montreal for cancer treatment. She first started boxing when she was 18 years old. Throughout her teenage years, boxing allowed her to grow as a person and gain confidence as she had difficulties to express herself at the time. According to her, sports enables you to develop great qualities that you can apply to all aspects of your life, such as discipline, sense of organization, determination, confidence, perseverance and optimism in order to tackle life and forge ahead! 

 

During her very first Canadian championships in 2009, Caroline earned the bronze medal and grabbed the silver medal at 2012 edition of the same championships. In 2013-2014, she won the National title for two consecutive years. During the same year, she also participated in her first Continental Championships where she claimed the bronze medal and also repeated her performance the following year. One of her career highlight occurred when she grabbed the gold medal during the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.

 

Beside her career as an athlete, Caroline also obtained her bachelor degree in translation. She plans to continue boxing for a few more years. Her dream is to participate in the Olympic Games and earn a medal. In the next few years, she would like to open her own boxing gym and become a coach.

FUN FACTS

FAVORITE MOTTO :  ”It is difficult to beat someone that never quits.”
FAVORITE TV SHOW : Friends
FAMILY : She has a twin sister
FAVORITE MUSIC : Latin music
TYPICAL PRE-BOUT MEAL : Chicken pasta
OTHER SPORTS & HOBBIES : Playing pool and poker
PLACE TO VISIT IN HER LIFE : Brazil
LIFE & CAREER OBJECTIVES : Be an Olympian champion

 

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64 Kg
Club: Boxemontreal.com
Coach: Danielle Bouchard
Date of birth: October 14th, 1991
Birthplace: Alger, Algeria
Hometown: Montreal, Quebec
Height: 170cm (5’6″)
Weight category: 64kg

NOTABLE RESULTS

2016 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS | BRONZE
2015 BALKAN WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT | SILVER
2014 CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS | SILVER

BIOGRAPHY

Sara Kali started boxing at the age of 13. At the time, her grand-father was a boxer, which piqued her curiosity and pushed her to try the sport. According to her, boxing is so much more than a combat sport where two individual simply hit each other; it is the smarter boxer in the ring who wins. Indeed, Sara loves the tactical aspect of the sport where you must be intelligent in the ring, remain calm no matter the situation while demonstrating rigorous fitness condition. Although she has practiced other sports before, boxing is demanding like no other sport. “To me, if you’re able to box, you’re in shape to play any sports.”

 

Beside her career as an athlete, Sara is currently completing her bachelor in Administration.  In the next 10 years, she wishes to have completed her studies and be an administrator in a large company. She also dreams to become a World Champion and if her weight division is added to the Olympic Games, she would like to participate. In any case, she will remain involve in the boxing world.

FUN FACTS

NICKNAME :  Sasou or K real
FAVORITE MUSIC : All types of music – Reggea, Hip Hop, French rap, RnB, African music, Arabic music
OTHER SPORTS & HOBBIES : Basketball, fashion
PLACES TO VISIT IN HER LIFE : New Zealand, the Maldives, New Caledonia, South Africa, Greece
LIFE & CAREER OBJECTIVES : Become an Administrator, start a family, become a World Champion and leave my mark on the fashion world!

 

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69 Kg
Club: Club de boxe Empire
Coach: Ève Fortin
Date of birth: July 8th, 1995
Birthplace: Quebec City, QC
Hometown: Quebec City, QC
Height: 163cm (5’4″)
Weight category: 69 kg

NOTABLE RESULTS 

2017 CANADIAN CHAMPION
2016 GANTS DORÉSGOLD
2015 GANTS DORÉS | GOLD

BIOGRAPHY

Marie-Jeanne Parent started boxing at the age of 13 when her older brother, who’s also her role model, started training and she wanted to follow in his footsteps. They continued training together and two years later, they both competed at the Gants de Bronze. It was when Marie-Jeanne won this first competition that she got hooked on the sport and realized that boxing had become much more than a hobby for her.

 

It is the technical aspect as well as the intensity of the sport that captivate her. During her training, she loves to practice countless times the same punch or movement to be able to execute it perfectly in the ring at the right moment. She gets an indescriptible feeling when it occurs.

 

Beside her boxing career, Marie-Jeanne as completed her collegial studies in languages since it is one of her passion. She is currently in her fourth year of her bachelor degree in preschool and elementary education at Laval University.

 

As for her aspirations in the world of boxing, she dreams to participate in the World Championships, the Pan Am Games as well as the Olympic Games. She also wishes to travel worldwide with boxing and for her personal pleasure to discover other countries.

FUN FACTS

NICKNAME : MJ
FAVORITE MUSIC : Soul / Pop / Country (Ed Sheeran, The Passenger, Vance Joy, Wyclef Jean, Jason Mraz, Luke Bryan, Milky Chance, City and Colour, etc.)
FAVORITE MOVIES : The Patriot, Valkyrie, Inside man, Act of Valor and all action/suspense movies in general
TYPICAL PRE-BOUT MEAL : “La Pasta Fiesta” Spaghetti
OTHER SPORTS & HOBBIES : Crossfit, soccer, outdoors, road bike, alpine skiing and snowboarding
PLACE TO VISIT IN HER LIFE : New-Zealand
FUN FACTS FEW PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT HER : I’ve done a theatre play in 4 languages (French, English, Spanish and German) and I’m passionate about coffee (I’ve been working in a Coffeehouse for two years now).
LIFE & CAREER OBJECTIVES : In regards to my professional career, I would like to do a master or a graduate degree in cognitive psychology or relating to the various learning disabilities with children with troubled circumstances as well as the efficient interventions with the latter. This objective is due to that fact that I wish to become a teacher who will enable everyone to reach their full potential. My life objective is to start a family and travel with them to discover various cultures, because I believe that in order to understand our own culture, we must know how to compare to others.

 

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75 Kg
Club: Club de Boxe Olympique de Shawinigan
Coach: Patrick Thibeault
Date of birth: December 27th, 1996
Birthplace: St-Georges, Quebec
Hometown: Shawinigan, Quebec
Height: 183cm (6′)
Weight category: 75kg

NOTABLE RESULTS

2017 CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS | GOLD
2017 CANADIAN CHAMPION

BIOGRAPHY

Tammara Thibeault was only 10 years old when she started boxing. Originally, it was an activity that her older brother and father were doing together for fun, but eventually, she ended up going with them on a regular basis. When her brother quit the sport, she stuck to it and never looked back since! At first, she wanted to try boxing because her father is her greatest source of inspiration and she wanted to be just like him. Over the years, she developed a true passion for the sport. She wasn’t very good at other sport and for once, she was told she had potential for her chosen combat sport, which motivated her to become the best she could be. Boxing has taught her the importance of patience, perseverance and dedication. For a long time, the boxing club was the only place where she felt comfortable enough to truly be herself, hence helping her build her confidence while growing up.

 

Beside her career as an athlete, Tammara obtained her CEGEP degree and she is currently completing her Bachelor in Linguistics as well as two minors in Mandarin and Spanish. Afterwards, she will pursue her Masters in Business and Administration.

 

She doesn’t know exactly where she will be in ten years from now, but if she could choose her future, she pictures herself traveling around the world discovering different cultures, languages and taking every opportunity that present itself. She would love to teach English, French or even Spanish in another country, preferably somewhere warm by the beach! She would also like to give back to the community and help more deprived communities in South America.

FUN FACTS

NICKNAME :  Tamm
FAVORITE TV SHOWS : Once upon a Time, Games of thrones, Fresh prince of Bel-Air
FAVORITE MUSIC : Reggeaton, Dancehall, RnB, Hip Hop
TYPICAL PRE-BOUT MEAL : Chicken, vegetables and rice
OTHER SPORTS & HOBBIES : Reading, writing, dancing, running
PLACES TO VISIT IN HER LIFE : Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Spain, Greece
FUN FACT THAT FEW PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT HER : I can sing!
LIFE & CAREER OBJECTIVES : I want to start my own international corporation

 

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81 Kg
Club: Beaver Boxing Club
Coach: Jill Perry
Date of birth: April 27th, 1987
Birthplace: Burlington, Ontario
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
Height: 174cm (5’7″)
Weight category: 81 kg

NOTABLE RESULTS

2017 CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS | SILVER
2017 GOLDEN GIRLS TOURNAMENT (SWEDEN) | BRONZE
2015 RINGSIDE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | GOLD

BIOGRAPHY

Marija Curran used to compete heavily in Jiu Jitsu from ages 10 to 18, but it is at the age of 15 that she decided to take boxing lessons to help with her hand game. She was boxing recreationally to help with her sport (Jiu Jitsu) all through high school and university. After her graduate degree, she took up boxing as she wanted to compete in some sort of combat sport again and she was quickly integrated into the competitive program at Beaver Boxing club. 

 

While her initial gravitation towards boxing was a means to an end, to improve her Jiu Jitsu, her continued involvement in the sport is motivated by respect. She has a great respect for classic, traditional sports such as boxing and she loves how her newly adopted sport remained largely true to its origin despite the massive changes in the world around it. It has stood the test of time. Also, she loves how boxing challenges her and she gets to do that every day.

 

In the next ten years, Marija pictures herself continuing her participation in the sport she loves in a coaching capacity. Ideally, she would like to give back to the sport, and the country, by eventually coaching amateur boxers on the international stage. She would also like to run a boxing program aimed at risk youth, particularly girls, to help them develop confidence and life skills through boxing.

 

Beside her career as an athlete, Marija obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Political Science at the University of Ottawa and her Masters in Communications at the University of Carleton while training as a boxer. Today, she works full-time as a Communication Officer for Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

FUN FACTS

NICKNAME : Honey Badger
FAVORITE MOVIES : Super Troopers and/or Zoolander
FAVORITE MUSIC : Anything, but metal
TYPICAL PRE-BOUT MEAL : Chicken, rice and salad (Isn’t that what all boxers eat?)
OTHER SPORTS & HOBBIES : I don’t have time for other sports or hobbies. I work, box and then apologize to my friends and family for being so busy when I’m not doing those two things.
PLACES TO VISIT IN HER LIFE : All of Canada’s coasts and various parts of Africa, starting with Egypt.
FUN FACTS THAT FEW PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT HER : I’m the youngest of five children and I have three older brothers that beat me relentlessly growing up
LIFE & CAREER OBJECTIVES : Make enough money that I can pay someone else to clean my house

 

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81+ Kg
Club: East Boxing Club
Coach: Leonard Kwitkowski
Date of birth: May 26th, 1981
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec
Hometown: Montreal, Quebec
Height: 175cm (5’7″)
Weight category: 81+ kg

NOTABLE RESULTS

2017 – 2016 CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS | GOLD

 


BIOGRAPHY

Nadia Viaud started boxing when she was 29 years old. Her initial objective was to get in shape and lose weight for her 30th birthday, an objective she accomplished! She had to change gym and it is at East Boxing Club that it all started. At first, when Sylvain Gagnon suggested she should compete, she was very reluctant to the idea. However, thanks to her training and the encouragements from the boxers in the gym as well as the coaches, she had her first bout in September 2012 at 31 years old! And she LOVED the experience due to the adrenaline rush, stress management, surpassing herself and especially the victory. As her friends and family came to support her, it is the pride she felt after the fight that made her addicted to this sport. Now 36 of age, she never imagined being a two-time Canadian champion and boxing has brought her confiance she didn’t have in the past.

 

Nadia loves the strategic aspect of this art where, similar to a chess game, you need to place your punch in order to proceed with another move. In term of inspiration, she could talk about Ali, Lomachenko, Lucia Rijker, as they are all boxers she like, but it is the boxers around her who are her biggest source of inspiration: Caroline Veyre (the next Olympic medallist, she’s convinced!) inspires her trough her discipline, her technique and her passion when she talks about the sport. Patrice Volny inspires her through his charisma and the fact that he is willing to conquer all the obstacles he is faced with. Martine Vaillière Bisson is a warrior that never quits and she has helped her with her way of thinking.

 

Beside her career as an athlete, Nadia would like to coach boxing.

 


FUN FACTS

NICKNAME : Nadia OnePunch
FAVORITE MOVIES : Coming to America, Bridget Jones and Chinese Martial Arts movies
FAVORITE MUSIC : From Frank Sinatra to Jay Z and Foo Fighters, I like everything
TYPICAL PRE-BOUT MEAL : Chicken and salad
PLACES TO VISIT IN HER LIFE: I would like to travel around Europe with a backpack
 

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49 Kg
Club: Surrey School of Boxing
Date of birth: September 1st, 1990
Birthplace: Afghanistan
Hometown: Surrey, British Columbia
Height: 165cm (5’4″)
Weight category: 49 kg

NOTABLE RESULTS

2017 CANADIAN CHAMPION 

BIOGRAPHY

Ghulam Reza Ahmed Ali started boxing at the age of 20 as one of his friend introduced him to the sport and his gym. From the beginning, he got inspired by Manny Pacquiao due to his altruism and the way he helps the poorest, which motivates the British Columbia’s resident to become like him. Ghulam Reza likes boxing because it is a very demanding sport. If you work hard and you want it hard enough, nothing can stop you from becoming a champion.

 

Beside his career as an athlete, he has completed his studies to become an Automotive Technician. 

 


FUN FACTS

FAVORITE TV SHOWS & MOVIES : Creed & Rocky
TYPICAL PRE-BOUT MEAL : Pasta
OTHER SPORTS & HOBBIES : Wrestling
LIFE & CAREER OBJECTIVES : I want to become World Champion !

 

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52 Kg
Club: Boxemontréal.com
Coach: Carl Handy
Date of birth: April 2nd,  1993
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haïti
Hometown: Montreal, Quebec
Height: 168cm (5’5″)
Weight category: 52 kg

 


NOTABLE RESULTS

2017 CANADIAN CHAMPION 
2014 GANTS DORÉS DU QUÉBEC | GOLD
2012 GANTS D’ARGENT DU QUÉBEC | GOLD

 


BIOGRAPHY

Eder Clervoix started boxing at the age of 16 as he was looking for a new sport where he could surpass his limits and be the best. At first, he was not quite attracted by this sport and he was also reluctant to give it a try. However, his fear dissolved and he quickly fell in love with boxing.

 

Eder aspires to become an Olympic champion and make a living with his sport in professional boxing.  

FUN FACTS

NICKANME : King Kong
FAVORITE TV SHOW : The Boondocks
FAVORITE MUSIC : N.W.A
OTHER SPORTS & HOBBIES : Basketball
PLACES TO VISIT IN HIS LIFE : Australia and Brazil
LIFE & CAREER OBJECTIVES : I want to become World champion in professional boxing

 

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56 Kg
Club: East Boxing Club
Coach: Daniel Trépanier
Date of birth: December 26th, 1997 (”Boxing Day”)
Birthplace: Mansonville, Quebec
Hometown Montreal, Quebec
Height: 173 cm (5’7″)
Weight division: 56 kg

NOTABLES RESULTS

2015 OLYMPIC TRIALS WINNER
2014 GOLDEN GLOVES OF VOJVODINA |BRONZE
2014 GOLDEN GLOVES OF VOJVODINA | SILVER
3-TIME USA JUNIOR NATIONAL CHAMPION | GOLD

BIOGRAPHY

Thomas Blumenfeld began boxing at the very young age of 8. His interest for the sport was sparked when he discovered an old pair of his father’s boxing glove. He won his first bout by TKO in the 2nd round when he was 8 years old.  With a very promising start, Thomas was determined to surpass himself.
According to Thomas, boxing is much more than an individual sport; it takes the joint effort of a team to become successful. The young boxer believes he is very well surrounded in that sense and his father is a great source of inspiration in the boxing ring as well as outside the boxing world.  
With already more than 100 bouts to his active in the last nine years, Thomas wishes to climb on the highest step of the podium at the Olympic Games and eventually become a professional boxer. 

FUN FACTS

NICKNAME :  ”White Lightning”
FAVORITE TV SHOWS & MOVIES : Comedies
FAVORITE MUSIC : Rap
TYPICAL PRE-BOUT MEAL : Pasta
OTHER SPORTS & HOBBIES : Watch basketball
PLACE TO VISIT IN HIS LIFE : Rio de Janeiro 
LIFE & CAREER OBJECTIVES : (1) Become an Olympic champion (2) Become a professional boxer (3) Become a World Champion

 

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56 Kg
Club: Queens Borough boxing
Coaches: Scotty Jackson & Ryan O’Shea
Date of birth: October 19th, 1998
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia
Hometown: Surrey, British Columbia
Height: 178cm (5’10”)
Weight category: 56 kg

NOTABLE RESULTS

2017 CANADIAN CHAMPION 
2016 RINGSIDE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | BRONZE
2015 DESERT SHOWDOWN | BRONZE

BIOGRAPHY

Eric Basran started boxing at the young age of 11. Prior to his debut, he practiced kickboxing, but he truly fell in love with boxing. Eric loves that boxing is an individual sport that is as demanding physically than mentally. He enjoy the tactical aspect that goes into the sweet science as well as the hard work that is necessary during trainings.

 

Eric wishes to participate in the Olympic Games before becoming a professional boxer. Beside his career as an athlete, he is currently studying in Criminology.

FUN FACTS 

FAVORITE MUSIC : Rap
OTHER SPORTS & HOBBIES : Basketball
PLACE TO VISIT IN HIS LIFE : Cuba
LIFE & CAREER OBJECTIVES : I would like to go to the Olympic Games and then become a professional boxer

 

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60 Kg
Club: Mcgrory’s Boxing Club
Coach: Vinnie Ryan
Date of birth: July 15th, 1993
Birthplace: Hamilton, Ontario
Hometown: Hamilton, Ontario
Height: 165cm (5’5″)
Weight category: 60 kg

NOTABLES RESULTS 

2017 CANADIAN CHAMPION 

 


BIOGRAPHY

Rodolfo Velasquez was a month shy of turning 11 years old when a friend of his dad introduced him to Mcgrory’s Boxing Club. As a very hyperactive and rebellious kid, he remember his father telling him how boxing would be a great place to burn his energy as well as a great opportunity to learn self-defence, which turned out to be true! Once he started boxing, Rodolfo and his father would watch Julio Cesar Chavez and Mike Tyson whenever they had a fight, which inspired him to become a champion like them. Since his debut, he has been training hard for many years and had the opportunity to compete all over, representing his city, his province and his country. He loves to showcase his talent in front of crowds and to influence people to become better. “It’s the best feeling.” according to the 60 Kg Canadian representative.

 

Being an adrenaline junkie, Rodolfo loves the feeling of “being on edge” that boxing has procured him since the first time he sparred. It’s a sport has helped him grow as a person and the skills acquired through these challenges can then be applied to his daily life, such as his ability to handle pressure and fast thinking. Boxing has also led him to meet many new friends! 

 

Rodolfo pictures himself representing Canada at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Professional boxing is not out of the question either! Beside his career as an athlete, he was obtained his diploma in police foundations at Mohawk College and he would also like to have his license as a plumber.

FUN FACTS

NICKNAME : Latino Heat
FAVORITE TV SHOWS / MOVIES : Dragon ball Z, Ninja turtles, Prison Break, the Walking Dead, Enter the Dragon, Bloosport, Falcon Rising, One Bak 1
FAVORITE MUSIC : Hip Hop, EDM, Reggeaton, Dancehall
TYPICAL PRE-BOUT MEAL : Chicken parmesan with pasta
OTHER SPORTS & HOBBIES : Soccer, basketball, climbing, video games
PLACES TO VISIT IN HIS LIFE : Tokyo, Bangkok, Barcelona, Las Vegas
FUN FACTS THAT FEW PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT HIM : I can do flips
LIFE & CAREER OBJECTIVES : I want to become a journeyman plumber

 

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60 Kg
Club: Club de boxe champion
Coach: Vincent Auclair
Date of birth: January 31st, 1998
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec
Hometown: Montreal, Quebec
Height: 168cm (5’5″)
Weight category: 60 kg

NOTABLES RESULTS

2016 YOUTH AIBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (56 Kg) | TOP 8
2015 RINGSIDE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | BRONZE
2016 – 2015 CANADIAN CHAMPION 

 


BIOGRAPHY

Luis started boxing when he was 13 years old. It’s two of his friends, Steven Butler and Roodsy Vincent, who encouraged him to try out the sport since they were already members of Club de boxe champion. Although Luis always enjoyed fighting, it’s his friends who ultimately influenced his decision to become a boxer. While practicing this sport, he acquired various cultural and sport-related experiences as well as a sense of accomplishments, which is why he loves boxing.
Luis wishes to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and would then like to pursue his career as a professional boxer. In addition to his boxing training, he is currently in school at Marie-Anne to obtain his High School diploma. 

FUN FACTS

NICKNAME : Kingluis
FAVORITE MUSIC : Hip Hop
FAVORITE TV SHOW : Walking Dead
TYPICAL PRE-BOUT MEAL : Pasta
OTHER SPORTS & HOBBIES : Basketball and Playstation
PLACES TO VISIT IN HIS LIFE : Tokyo and India
FUN FACT THAT FEW PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT HIM : I am a really good cook
LIFE & CAREER OBJECTIVES :  I want to become an Olympic champion and a World champion. As for my career, I would like to help young people as a specialized educator.

 

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64 Kg
Club: Grants Rival TO
Coach: Alma Dosmatov
Date of birth: April 22nd, 1995
Birthplace: Makhachkala, Russia
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Height: 174cm (5’7″)
Weight category: 64 kg

NOTABLE RESULTS

RIO 2016 OLYMPIC GAMES | TOP 16
2016 CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS | GOLD
2015 PAN AM GAMES | GOLD
2015 – 2017 CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS | BRONZE

BIOGRAPHY

Born near the Chechen region of Russia, Arthur was four when his family left the war-torn area for Azerbaijan before arriving in Canada six years later in 2005, hoping for a better life and education. He began boxing at the young age of 13 years old. His older brother, who was already boxing, encouraged him to try it out as Arthur was always involved in fights. At first, he hated boxing. He wasn’t great and would continuously lose during sparring against more experienced boxers. His tough start demotivated him a lot, but he perseverd until his hard work paid off. After his victory at his first Canadian championships, he realized that he had the potential to go very far, which is why he stopped playing soccer to dedicate his time to boxing.

 

At age 17, the southpaw boxer represented Canada at the 2012 AIBA Youth World Championships where came just shy of advancing to the quarterfinals. Now a three-time Canadian champion, Arthur competed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games where he lost a split decision in the second round to defending champion Manoj Kumar from India. In 2013 he began training with Adrian Teodorescu who coached, among other greats, Lennox Lewis (Gold medalist at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games) and Mandy Bujold. Biyarslanov earned a major gold medal of his own at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, winning the welterweight title over Cuba’s Yasnier Toledo. He punched his ticket to Rio by winning the American Olympic Qualifiers in March 2016. 

 

Beside his career as an athlete, Arthur also studied psychology at York University in 2014-2015. However he has now put his studies on hold in order to concentrate on his objectives, such as his participation in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. In 5-10 years, he hopes to become world champion and make a living from his sport. 

 

His life story is documented in the book Next Round: A Young Athlete’s Journey to Gold, which was published in July 2016 and is available online on Chapters and Amazon.

FUN FACTS

NICKNAME :  ”The Chechen Wolf” and  ”Borz” (wolf)
FAVORITE MOTTO : ”I hated every minute of training but said « Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion. » ” – Muhammad Ali
FAVORITE MOVIES : Troy and Gladiateur
LIFE & CAREER OBJECTIVES : Become world champion and make a living from his sport

 

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69Kg
Club: Dewith Boxing Club
Coach: Dewith Frazer
Date of birth: January 25th, 1994
Birthplace: Brampton, Ontario
Hometown: Brampton, Ontario
Height: 193cm (6’4″)
Weight category: 69 kg

NOTABLE RESULTS

2017 CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS | GOLD
2016 JAMAICA’S NATIONAL CHAMPION | GOLD

BIOGRAPHY

Joshua Frazer grew up in a boxing club where his father, Dewith Frazer, was a coach. He would follow him around the gym, travel to various competitions and sit ringside with him while he was coaching guys like Troy Ross and Mark Simmons. When Joshua was a kid, he would watch and shadow coaches and boxers such as Roy Jones Jr, Floyd Mayweather, Oscar de la Hoya, Chris Johnson, Bryan Mackie, Russell Anber, Lennox Lewis, Gorge Chuvalo and many others. Growing up near the sport of boxing, he grew a soft spot for the sweet science and decided to give it a try in in 2012. Joshua won his first four bouts before moving to the United States to play collegial basketball in Indiana and Texas. After many years of leisure sports such as soccer, football and volleyball, basket-ball and boxing have always been in his life. Joshua loves both sports as they are challenging and give him a deep desire to become better and travel the world to experience these sports on the international level.

 

Although he was always a big fan of the sport, it is after winning the 2017 Canadian championships and the title for Best boxer of the tournament that Joshua held a deep fondness for how exciting the boxing world is and he looks forward to bring his talent on the world stage. Visualizing the next 5-10 years, he has a lot of objectives and ambitions. Three years from now, he wishes to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and by 2022, he would like to fight for the Canadian Title, IBF, WBO, even a WBC title in the super welterweight division.

 

School have always played a huge part in his progression as an athlete. Since 2015, he attended St. Lawrence college where he finished his first semester in Carpentry Techniques and was also home schooled in Entrepreneur living, traveling and Tourism. Joshua also wishes to return to College or University to resume his studies in either Architecture or Culinary Arts.

FUN FACTS

FAVORITE TV SHOWS & MOVIES:  I love true stories, action and horror movies. As for TV shows, I like Bad Lands, Marlin and Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
FAVORITE MUSIC : Hip-hop, R&B, Jazz, Classical and Caribbean Vibes, but I’m open to be inspired by all types of music
TYPICAL PRE-BOUT MEAL : Five Guys wouldn’t be a typical pre-bout meal, but is well enjoyed prior to a fight! Otherwise, a nicely done al dente spaghetti with a beautifully flavoured Red sauce
OTHER SPORTS & HOBBIES : Basket-ball (former US College played), clothes designing, reading and playing board games
PLACES TO VISIT IN HIS LIFE : The world is beautiful, but if I need to choose a few destinations, it would be Tokyo, Dubai and South Africa.
FUN FACTS THAT FEW PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT HIM : Growing up with basketball, I had the opportunity to play alongside professional players such as Tyler Ennis from the Los Angeles Lakers, Tristan Thompson from the Cavaliers, Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett
LIFE & CAREER OBJECTIVES :  In life, I hope to become a good father, mentor, partner and complete my bucket list. From a career standpoint, I want to start the “Frazer Jean” Corporation, build a stable high income that a 9-5 job could not maintain. I wish to acquire financial freedom in order to give back to the community and help world poverty and hunger.

 

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75 Kg
Club: INS Québec (National Training Center)
Date of birth: November 13th, 1993
Birthplace: Mississauga, Ontario
Hometown: Montreal, Quebec
Height: 185cm (6’1″)
Weight category : 75kg

NOTABLE RESULTS

2017 CANADIAN CHAMPION
2017 BRAMPTON CUP | GOLD
2016 IMPERIUM CUP | GOLD
2016 GOLDEN GLOVES | SILVER
2016 SILVER GLOVES | SILVER

BIOGRAPHY

Triston Brookes started boxing when he was 18 years old. Prior to boxing, he was a long jump champion in High School, but was forced to find another sport to compete because his school didn’t want him to represent them at competitions. When he first started boxing, he fell in love with the sport right away as it was a great way to evacuate his frustration. Also, as a skinny kid, he didn’t quite fit in other sports before but he knew he would fit in boxing due to the weight class system. 

 

Triston began as a recreational member, but within a year, he became a competitive member and stepped on the podium at his first competition, the Bronze Gloves. Through the encouragements of his Coach Tony Wallace, he started believing in himself. Winning the Canadian championships in 2017 was a turning point and Triston took the opportunity to centralize with the National Team in order to improve his craft. In the future, he wishes to become a World Champion and win a medal at the Olympic Games.

 

Beside his career as an athlete, Triston also attended school at Sheridan College in Advertising and Marketing, and in the long run, he would like to go back to school to pursue his education in Kinesiology. He also strives to inspire others to pursue their dreams and would like to develop Youth programs to help and inspire them.

FUN FACTS

FAVORITE TV SHOW & MOVIE : Fresh Prince of Belair, Training Day
FAVORITE MUSIC : R&B and Hip Hop
TYPICAL PRE-BOUT MEAL : Piri Piri Chicken and salad
OTHER SPORTS & HOBBIES : Track and field, Football
FUN FACT THAT FEW PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT HIM: When I travel, I always like to find the best chicken wings
PLACE TO VISIT IN HIS LIFE : Costa Rica and Africa
LIFE & CAREER OBJECTIVES : Become an inspiration for others to push them to pursue their dreams. I also want to go to the Olympics and after, I would like to create programs to help and inspire Youth.

 

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81 Kg
Club: FinalRound Boxing
Coaches: Eric Bélanger & Elie Joseph
Date of birth: December 21st, 1988
Birthplace: Kamloops, British Columbia
Hometown: Gatineau, Quebec
Height: 185 cm (6’1″)
Weight category: 81 kg

NOTABLES RESULTS

2017 CANADIAN CHAMPION
2017 DÉFI DES CHAMPIONS | GOLD
2016 GANTS DORÉS | GOLD

 BIOGRAPHY

Harley-David discovered his passion for boxing at a young age when he used to watch Roy Jones Jr. He was so impressed by what he could do in the ring and he wanted to do the same. However, it is only at the age of 24 that he made his debut in the sport. Before boxing, Harley-David practiced other martial arts, including kick-boxing and Muay Thai, but none of these sports interested him as much as boxing does!

 

Harley-David loves the strategic aspect of boxing, which he compares to a chess game: the boxer who commits less mistake wins!

 

In the next 5-10 years, he wishes to become World Champion. Beside his career in boxing, Harley-David also obtained his Professional Diploma in automobile mechanics at Relais de la Lièvre Pavillon Seigneurie.

 


FUN FACTS

FAVORITE MUSIC :  Hip Hop & Rap
FAVORITE TV SHOWS : How I met your mother & Drunken Master
TYPICAL PRE-BOUT MEAL : Carbs and fruits, with a protein bar
OTHER SPORTS & HOBBIES : Basketball
PLACE TO VISIT IN HIS LIFE : Europe
FUN FACTS THAT FEW PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT HIM : I love dancing and I also do beatbox
LIFE & CAREER OBJECTIVES : I want to become a World champion open my own boxing school

 

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91 Kg
Club: Sooke Boxing
Coach: Ellen Connor
Date of birth: October 31st, 1989
Birthplace: Prince Rupert, British Columbia
Hometown: Victoria, British Columbia
Height: 183cm (6’2″)
Weight category: 91 kg

NOTABLES RESULTS 

2017 CANADIAN CHAMPION
2017 OREGON STATE GOLDEN GLOVES | GOLD
PROVINCIAL CHAMPION (BC)
GOLDEN GLOVES CHAMPION

BIOGRAPHY

Bryan Colwell started boxing when he was 17 years old in an attempt to get into better shape for the soccer tryouts at the University of Victoria. However, by the end of his first boxing lesson, he knew he never wanted to play soccer again and had found his true calling. Bryan always loved the sport and never missed a high profile pay-per-view fight, but growing up in Fort St John, he never had access to a gym or a coach before.

 

Bryan loves every aspect of the sport, including the training and dedication necessary to perform in boxing. After 12 years of playing soccer, he loved the one-on-one nature of the competition.

 

After becoming a gold medalist at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, he plans to pursue his career in professional boxing to become a world champion as both an amateur and professional fighter. In addition to being an athlete, Bryan is currently completing a Bachelor of Business at Camosun College in Victoria with the intent of opening his own gym once he stops competing.

FUN FACTS

FAVORITE MOVIES & TV SHOWS :  Vikings, Games of Thrones, Badlands and The Last Kingdom
FAVORITE TV SHOW EVER : Dragon Ball Z
FAVORITE MUSIC : Tech Nine, Five Finger Death Punch and Disturbed
TYPICAL PRE-BOUT MEAL : A nutribullet smoothie, assorted fruits with a chocolate coconut Kashi bar
OTHER SPORTS & HOBBIES : Video games, Comic books and Dungeon & Dragons
PLACES TO VISIT IN HIS LIFE : I want to see the 7 wonders of the world
FUN FACTS THAT FEW PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT HIM : I’m terrified of heights, I hate long walks on the beach and I fall in love with every dog I see.
LIFE & CAREER OBJECTIVES : I want to become a World Champion as both an amateur and a professional fighter, I want to break the laws of physics and become a Super Saiyan.

 

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91+ Kg
Club: ProBoxe
Coach: Marc-André Gauthier
Date of birth: July 21st, 1995
Birthplace: Quebec City, QC
Hometown: St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC
Height: 193 cm (6’4″)
Weight category: 91+ kg

NOTABLES RESULTS

2017 CANADIAN CHAMPION
2017 DÉFI DES CHAMPIONS | GOLD
2016 GANTS DORÉS | GOLD

BIOGRAPHY

Alexis Barrière started boxing at Club Proboxe when he was 20 years old. His coach, Marc-André Gauthier, saw potential in him and never left his sight since his debut. He loves boxing since it is a sport that allows your to surpass yourself and is includes both physical and mental aspects. The 91+ Kg Canadian representative wishes to win an Olympic medal and become World champion.

 

Beside his boxing career, Alexis also works at the Military College in Fort St-Jean.

FUN FACTS

FAVORITE MUSIC : Rap
FAVORITE FIGHTER : Fighter
TYPICAL PRE-BOUT MEAL : Chicken with rice & brocoli
OTHER SPORTS & HOBBIES : Baseball
PLACE TO VISIT IN HIS LIFE : Australia
LIFE & CAREER OBJECTIVES : I want to win a medal at the Olympics and win the WBC belt

 

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