‘Combat at the Complex’ set for July 30

By Joel Charron

As July 30 inches closer and closer, Fighting Island Boxing Club (FIBC) president Joe LeBlanc’s excitement grows larger and larger.

Combat at the Complex will be FIBC’s first boxing event at the United Communities Credit Union Complex.

“I can’t wait, I’m getting excited,” said LeBlanc. “Everytime I walk into that place the ‘wow factor’ hits me in the face.”

The fight card will feature 10 or more fights with five local fighters being showcased. Representing FIBC will be Noram “the Pitbull” Lechance, Anthony Mulder, Yvette Marentette, Tyson Whalen, Thomas Johnson and possibly Nick Grimaldi.

The main event will have everyone on their feet as it will feature Windsor’s three-time world champion Mary Spencer take on Brampton’s Canadian championship Malinda Watpool.

“This is going to be a treat because Mary has only fought in this area once,” said LeBlanc.

LeBlanc said it is difficult to find fights for the three-time world champ because everyone around here knows her reputation as a fighter.

“No one wants to fight her,” said LeBlanc. “That’s how good she is.”

Combat at the Complex will feature fighters from Mississauga, Toronto, Brampton, Sarnia and London. For the first time since FIBC has been hosting boxing events in Amherstburg the card will feature no American born fighters.

LeBlanc also mentioned he hopes to bring in top officials from Boxing Ontario and the Canadian Amateur Boxing Association to let them see the facility first hand.

“Those are the things that will help us host provincial and national tournaments,” explained LeBlanc.

Although the date for Combat at the Complex is set in stone, LeBlanc said there are still a few details “that need to be ironed out” because of the change in administration. However LeBlanc is extremely confident everything will work out.

Tickets are $15 and are available at the United Communities Credit Union Complex or the Fighting Island Boxing Club located at 300 Victoria St. S. at the corner of Victoria and Simcoe streets.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and fights will begin at 7 p.m.

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