ELITE MEN & WOMEN
The 2017 Continental Championships also serve as a qualification event for the 2017 World Championship taking place August 25th- September 3rd in Hamburg, Germany. Sixty (60) quota places will be distributed during this competition, 6 per weight division. There will be box-off bouts between the losers of Quarter Finals to determine the 5th and 6th rank.
Canadian Male boxers: 56 Kg Eric Basran, 60 Kg Rodolfo Velasquez, 64 Kg Arthur Biyarslanov, 75 Kg Triston Brookes et 81 Kg Harley-David O’Reilly
Candian Female boxers: 48 Kg Kim Clavel, 51 Kg Mandy Bujold, 54 Kg Sara Haghighat-Joo, 57 Kg Sabrina Aubin, 60 Kg Caroline Veyre, 75 Kg Tammara Thibeault et 81 Kg Marija Curran
SCHEDULE & RESULTS
As the Continental Championships are fast approaching, the boxing National Team has centralized in Montreal over the last 10 days to fine-tune their preparation for the competition. As announced this winter, Boxing Canada has started the centralization process of its High Performance program within the INSTITUT NATIONAL DU SPORT DU QUÉBEC where its future National Training Centre will be located. However, only the integrated support services such as physical conditioning, sport therapy and psychology are currently offered on-site. "To optimize our National Team's preparation for upcoming major games, we have confirmed a short-term training center as part our athlete centralization process. As the INS Québec is presently incurring major renovations and is only able to provide conditioning facilities and an integrated support team, we felt it was best to confirm a partnership with a neighboring boxing club to compliment our ongoing high performance facelift." said Roy Halpin, Boxing Canada's Executive Director.
Awaiting the completion of our boxing National Training Centre, Boxing Canada is proud to partner with the reputable EAST BOXING CLUB as its temporary Training Centre for the National Team. Being located in proximity to INS Québec, the East Boxing Club facilitates the athletes' transport between their various training. Moreover, many additions to the installations have been made and the gym's schedule has been adapted to meet the National Team's needs. Boxing Canada is very grateful for this new partnership as well as the warm welcome that the boxers received during their training camp.
“We are very proud as it is an honor for the team at East Boxing Club to have been selected as a partner for Boxing Canada’s High Performance program. It is a sign of recognition highlighting the excellence the boxing club has demonstrated over the last years and a great source of inspiration for the development for our athletes and coaches.” declares Patrick Côté, Vice-Président of East Boxing Club.
A few athletes have already moved permanently to Montreal to benefit from the support of the centralized high performance program, including Harley-David O'Reilly. "At first, I wasn't sure what centralization would bring me during my preparation for the Continentals, but I realized all the advantages rapidly! All the services are close by and the access to coaches, therapists and psychologist have tremendously facilitated my preparation. The schedule is structured and all appointments with the various support services are made in advance according to my availabilities; therefore I don't need to worry about this and I can simply focus on my preparation." explains the 81Kg Canadian champion. "I am very happy to have centralized, I only have positive points to mention."
AMBC Continental Championships
The American Continental Championships will take place from June 10 to the 19th in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and will regroup all weight divisions for both men and women. "The Continental Championships will be a great test for our National Team as we are stating the new Olympic cycle with a relatively new team. There is more on the line for our men as this event is a qualifier to the World Championships." explains Pat Fiacco, Boxing Canada's President. "However, they performed very well against Cuba two weeks ago and can compete against the best in the world. Our female team is made up of both returning National Team members and new members and we are expecting great results from them."
It will certainly be one of the most important tournaments of the year given that the competition is also a mandatory qualification for the AIBA Men's World Championships taking place in Hamburg, Germany at the end of August. The Top 6 boxers per weight division will be granted a pass for the World Championships, a novelty as the registration used to be open in the previous years. The losers of the quarterfinals will also need to box to determine the 5th and 6th ranks.
Here's the list of boxers who will represent the Canadian delegation in Honduras:
52 Kg Eder Clervoix
56 Kg Eric Basran
60 Kg Rodolfo Velasquez
64 Kg Arthur Biyarslanov
75 Kg Triston Brookes
81 Kg Harley-David O'Reilly
48 Kg Kim Clavel
51 Kg Mandy Bujold
54 Kg Sara Haghighat-Joo
57 Kg Sabrina Aubin
60 Kg Caroline Veyre
75 Kg Tammara Thibeault
81 Kg Marija Curran
The coaches who will accompany the boxers are Daniel Trépanier, Sylvain Gagnon, Mark Collins, Gordon Apolloni and Samir El Mais.
All the details relating to the championships (draw sheets, schedule, results, etc.) will be updated throughout the tournament on our EVENT WEB PAGE. The draw will take place Saturday June 10th and the competition will kick off on the same day.
Club Centre de Boxe Empire (Empire Académie)
Coach François (Frank) Duguay
Date of birth April 14, 1999
Weight category 81 kg
2016 AMERICAN CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS | GOLD
2016 – 2015 CANADIAN CHAMPION
2011-2016 PROVINCIAL CHAMPION (QC)
Lexson comes from a family of athletes. Indeed, both his parents practiced combat sports (his father was a boxer) and that’s where his “fighting” mentality comes from. From a young age, Lexson practiced taekwondono. However, when he wasn’t winning, he was being disqualified for using too much force while hitting the body, which influenced his transition towards boxing. When Taekwondo no longer represented a challenge, his parents decided to sign him up in a sport where he would be able to use his strenght and be in a contact sport. At the age of 10-11, Lexson became a boxer.
Lexson’s coach doesn’t recall having trained an athlete with such talent at a young age. According to him, his main skills are his strenght as well as his ability to adapt in the ring. Indeed, he is able to assimilate information right away without having to wait for directions between rounds.
As for his boxing career, Lexson hopes to win the Youth World Boxing Championships in Russia (November 2016) and then aim for the gold medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. the 2019 Pan Am Games and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. He would then probably transition into professionnal boxing as he would love to make a living from his sport. His nickname, ”The Next”, reglects his winning attitude as well as his goals that set for himself at a young age.
In addition to his boxing training, Lexson is also in school to obtain his High School diploma.
Nickname “The Next”
Favorite music Hip Hop
Favorite movie Fight Club
Typical pre-bout meal Chocolat ad banana crepes
Other hobbies Spend time with my family
Place you’d life to visit in your life Japan
Life and career objectives I would like to attain the following objectives:
Champion of the 2016 Youth World Boxing Championships
Gold medalist at the 2018 Commonwealth Games
Gold medalist at the 2019 PanAm Games
Gold medalist at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
Pursue a professionnel career
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After five intense days of competition regrouping 57 boxers from 11 countries, the Youth Continental Championships came to an end on Saturday evening and what a great week it was for our Canadian team!
Bringing home four medals, our young boxers can be proud of their performances.
Lexson Mathieu (81 Kg)
Dave Aubé (+91 Kg)
Hamza Khabbaz (64 Kg)
Jake Daoust (75 Kg)
This Championship was the first International competition for most of our boxers and it allowed them to measure up against different style of boxing. Although many bouts finished with TKO, the bouts were a great experience for our Canadian representatives, which will help them prepare for future competitions.
” The biggest difference we have observe is the experience. Indeed, we had a few difficulties standing out among other teams in the ring, but our young boxers had a great experience and learned a lot in the ring and while watching boxers from other countries. Our team comprises disciplined and passionate individuals who were interested in every opportunity presented to them throughout the week. They gave their all in the ring and they can come back to Canada without regret. They are our future Olympians and they demonstrated their interest to reach this level in a near future. ” mentions Benoit Gaudet, National team coach.
Although some boxers didn’t reach the medals, the Canadian team still maximized their training while in Costa Rica by organizing a sparring session with the local boxers. The extra-time in the ring definitely helped them work on their skills. To take a look at all the information from the competition, you may visit the EVENT PAGE.
The next competition on the calendar for our Youth National team is the Youth World Championships that will take place November 14th-27th in St-Petersburgh, Russia. The selected boxers for this championships will be announcing closer to the tournament date.
With less than two weeks to go, Boxing Canada is proud to announce the youth male boxers who will participate in the AMBC Youth Continental Championships in Gabarito, Puntarenas in Costa Rica. Organized by the American Boxing Confederation, the competition will take place September 26th to October 2nd. Eight boxers will be representing Canada on the International stage:
49 Kg Giuseppe Moffa
52 Kg Jason Genest
56 Kg Luis Santana
60 Kg Thomas Chabot
64 Kg Hamza Khabbaz
75 Kg Jake Daoust
81 Kg Lexson Mathieu
91+Kg Dave Aubé
Coaches: Gordon, Apolloni, Mark Collins & Benoit Gaudet
R & J: Nathalie Lacombe
” The Youth Continental Championships in Costa Rica will give our boxers an opportunity to compete outside of Canada and experience other countries’ style of boxing. The future of boxing in Canada looks bright! ” said Pat Fiacco, Boxing Canada president. The competition will enable our youth boxers to gain international experience in preparation for the upcoming Youth World Championships that will take place November 14th-27th in St-Petersburg, Russia.
The weigh in and official draw will be conducted on September 27th. Throughout the championships, you will be able to follow our athletes’ progression on our EVENT PAGE and our social media outlets ( FACEBOOK PAGE & TWITTER ) as information will be updated daily.