Boxing Canada and Groupe Yvon Michel are proud to officially announce a unique and creative agreement as part of the 2020 Dooly’s Boxing Series

PRESS RELEASE – The Dooly’s Boxing Series will be held at Cabaret  du Casino de Montréal, presented by Mise-O-Jeu, in association with Videotron and in partnership with Boxing Canada, returns in 2020 with five events on February 8, April 4, June 6, October 17 and December 5.

In 2019, the Series has enjoyed unprecedented success during five events that saw IBF world champion Marie-Eve Dicaire successfully defend her title twice, Mikael Zewski consolidate his position as a world contender, David Theroux’ triumphant comeback, and Shakeel Phinn becoming NABF champion, in addition to  allowing many Quebec hopefuls to stand out. It should be noted that GYM has already organized 73 events in the Casinos du Québec since 2004.

The year 2020 will mark an important turning point of this popular series. GYM and Boxing Canada are proud to officially announce a unique and creative agreement that will allow three or four members of the Canadian National Team, at each event, to face International teams from Puerto Rico, United States, France, Italy and others in Olympic-caliber clashes.

‘’This partnership is certainly one of the most exciting announcements in decades,” said Pat Fiacco, President of Boxing Canada.  “This opportunity will allow national team athletes to demonstrate their Olympic boxing talent at the highest international level, in front of professional boxing fans as well as broadcast viewers. These recurring events will certainly generate exponential visibility for our Olympic hopefuls and our sport.’’ 

“The future and present elite of Canadian boxing in the same ring, a super exciting winning combination,” added Bernard Barré, vice president and head of recruitment at GYM.

GYM President Yvon Michel makes no secret of his enthusiasm: “Our roots at GYM are very deep with amateur boxing in Canada. We have always encouraged boxers to go to the end of their Olympic dreams before embarking on a professional career. This project will allow Canada’s best hopes to grow against the world’s elite, in front of family and friends, giving them the visibility and notoriety they deserve.’’

On the professional side, spectators will have the chance to see the work of hungry boxers filled with hope and determination such as Wilfred Seyi, Francis Lafrenière, Ayaz Hussain, Terry Osias and David Théroux, among others. At each event four to six professional fights will take place.

In 2020, the Pro-Am combination will give the public an opportunity to watch the cream of Canadian olympic-style boxing and professionals who will do anything to avoid being overshadowed!

All this in a warm and unique atmosphere of the prestigious Casino Cabaret of Montreal, where the proximity of the ring and fighters provide a perspective and sensations that can not be found anywhere else.

In the meantime, the entire population of Canada is invited to attend the 2019 Canadian Qualification at the Westin Hotel, Dec. 17-20, the first stop on the road to Tokyo 2020.  Canada’s best boxing prospects will try to earn a spot on Team Canada to represent the nation at the continental Olympic qualifiers next March in Argentina.

UPDATE Please be informed that the media conference scheduled for Thursday, December 19th has been postponed until  January. Boxing Canada is continuing to work with Groupe Yvon Michel on their new partnership that will see Boxing Canada’s National Team compete against National teams from other countries like USA, Puerto Rico, France, Italy in Montreal. Unfortunately unforeseen obstacles have arisen at this time. 

Over the years, many boxers that were former members of the Canadian National Team have boxed very successfully as professionals in Montréal at the Bell Center or in the Montreal Casino such as Jean Pascal, Adonis Stevenson, Eric Lucas, Joachim Alcine amongst others.

This Boxing Canada project in partnership with Groupe Yvon Michel would add Olympic spirit to professionals events, to the venue and to all partners involved! Let’s work together in overcoming any potential hurdles. In January we will provide updates and new developments.

Tickets for the 2020 Dooly’s Boxing Series will be available starting Dec. 7 at 514-790-1245 / 1-855-790-1245, starting at $60.00, or directly at the Casino de Montréal box office. You may also purchase your seasonal table for all five events and enjoy a 10% discount by contacting Groupe Yvon Michel directly at 514.383.0666, ext. 5.



Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) was founded in 2004 by Yvon Michel and his associates. The organization’s mission is the development of high-level boxers through support to management and especially by management in competition. In order to achieve its objectives, GYM is active in talent recruitment and event organization, has developed major partnerships with Videotron, TVA Sports, Mise-O-Jeu, Loto-Québec, Montreal Casinos and Lac Leamy, Dooly’s, & CO, Bel Imprimerie Lapointe and Rival Dental Center. The entire GYM team is actively working with the Yvon Michel Foundation to help fight breast cancer. GYM President Yvon Michel was inducted into the Boxing Canada Hall of Fame in April 2017. GYM has contributed to the development of many world champions, including Marie-Ève ​​Dicaire (IBF), Adonis Stevenson (WBC), Eleider Alvarez (WBO) and Artur Beterbiev (IBF), Jean Pascal (WBC) and Joachim Alcine (WBA), never before seen in the history of Canadian boxing.

Boxing Canada is the national sport organization for Olympic boxing recognized by the Canadian Olympic Committee. The goal of Boxing Canada is to promote, organize and coordinate boxing in Canada for the advancement of sport and its members at all levels and ages. The organization’s vision is to inspire Canadians to make boxing a major sport and a preferred training activity, as well as to position Canada as one of the leading countries on the international scene. For more information, visit:


Posted on: 30/11/2019