Harrow receives Fighting Island with open arms

By Joel Charron

For the first time in its history, Fighting Island Boxing Club showcased their fighters in Harrow this past weekend.

Fighting at Camoes Portuguese Club the “Punch Up at the Portuguese Club” featured fighters from Hamilton, Toronto, Orangeville, Tecumseh and Windsor.

According to Fighting Island president Joe LeBlanc, the event went over very well with Harrow residents.

“This is the very first time a show has been put on in Harrow and the people here are fantastic,” said LeBlanc. “There has been no complaints, everything has been excellent.”

The 12-bout fight card featured four fighters from Fighting Island with Harrow native Anthony Mulder as the main event.

Fighting Island’s Thomas Johnson was the first of the four fighters to enter the ring. After a three-round war, Johnson lost a split decision to Big Time Boxing Club fighter Jake Doust.

Also fighting was Light Fly Weight Canadian bronze medalist Noram “The Pitbull” Lechance, who moved up five pounds to 122 lbs to fight Devon Gibson from Bluewater Boxing Club.

Lechance lost to Gibson via split decision, however The Pitbull said he was happy with his performance.

“I thought I did pretty good considering I had to gain five pounds to fight,” said Lechance. “I’ll take this as a learning experience and move on.”

Lechance said he hasn’t been able to train on his cardio over the past month because of a knee injury suffered in his last fight. The lack of cardio training caused Lechance to “gas out” in the third round.

Nick Grimaldi proved to be too much for Big Time Boxing Club’s Chris Strickland. Grimaldi picked up the decision after three rounds.

Nick Grimaldi was next in the ring and delivered a strong performance. From the opening bell Grimaldi dictated the pace of the fight with his strength and power against Big Time’s Chris Strickland.

In the second round Grimaldi landed a straight right that bloodied the nose of Strickland as Grimaldi cruised to the win.

“It was a tough fight,” said Grimaldi. “I though I fought really well. I just wanted to get in the ring and do what I do.”

Anthony Mulder, who was fighting in front of his home crowd, did not disappoint the Harrow faithful.

Mulder’s explosive fighting style dazzled his hometown fans as he won by decision.

“It was the most exciting fight of the night,” said Fighting Island trainer Andy Wong.

“It was a good fight,” said Mulder. “I’m glad I got to fight in front of all my family and friends.”

LeBlanc said with the success of this show, we would most likely host another boxing event in Harrow.

Talks are currently underway to host a boxing event at the United Communities Credit Union Complex in May or June.

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