Fighting Island pleased with weekend show


By Joel Charron

Fighting Island Boxing Club president Joe LeBlanc is ecstatic after his club hosted their most successful boxing show over the weekend.

Held at the Portuguese Club in Harrow, LeBlanc said the show was fill with end-to-end action as every fight provided some spectacular entertainment.

“It was really an awesome show,” said LeBlanc. “The fights were great, the place was sold out and people had a great time. What more can you want out of a show like that.”

The fight card featured 14 fights with five featuring Fighting Island fighters.

Fighting in the 80 kg division, Fighting Island’s Jake Bozin picked up a unanimous decision over Geordie Guenette of Windsor Amateur Boxing Club.

“He fought well. He used good angles and kept the pressure up,” said LeBlanc.

In the 110 kg division, Anthony Mulder picked up another win as he defeated Tyler St. John of Tilbury.

“This was a good fight for him,” said LeBlanc. “Anthony is developing into a really good fighter. He’s going to make some sound as he gets older.”

Fighting at 84 kg, Fighting Island’s Steven Wigle defeated Kyle Powell of St. Catherine’s.

LeBlanc said that Wigle came into the fight the underdog but surprised everyone with a strong fight to earn the win.

“I was very impressed with Steve,” LeBlanc said. “Everyone was raving about this kid from St. Catherine’s because he hadn’t lost a fight yet. Little Stevie is wicked as sin, he took the fight to that kid.”

Fighting Island’s Nick “The Grim Reaper” Grimaldi lost his bout against Thad Rostone of Oshawa’s Motor City Boxing Club.

LeBlanc said that Grimaldi took an elbow in the first and second rounds  that left him dazed and ultimately caused the fight to be stopped.

“It was a hard fight to lose,” said LeBlanc. “I guess the judge didn’t see the second elbow in the second round which should have gotten Nick’s opponent to be disqualified. But he’ll learn from this and move now.”

In the main event, Noram “the Pitbull” Lechance lost a tough fight against Jorge Puebla of Champions Boxing Club out of Toronto.

“It just wasn’t his fight,” said LeBlanc. “His body was there but his head was somewhere else.”

LeBlanc said he’s proud of all fighters, regardless of their fight results.

LeBlanc said that Fighting Island’s board of directors are already talking about hosting a “special” show in the summer.

“Wouldn’t it be great if we can do something along with the War of 1812 Bicentennial celebrations?” said LeBlanc. “We could do a Canada verses the US fight card. I think that would be a great attraction.”

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