Packed house for Fighting Island’s first show of the year

 

By Joel Charron

 

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

Held at the Portuguese Club in Harrow, LeBlanc said the show was filledwith 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 11 fights with nine Fighting Island fighters seeing some action.

LeBlanc admits some last minute cancellations forced certain fighters into an exhibition fight, however, he added that the fighters and the crowd didn’t seem to

mind.

“No one cared if it was an exhibition match,” he said. “The fighters wanted to perform and the crowd thoroughly enjoyed it.”

 

Nick “The Grim Reaper” Grimaldi (left) exchanges punches with Curtis “The Nucci Man “ Antonucci in an exhibtion bout. This was Antonucci’s first time in the ring in five years.

Nick “The Grim Reaper” Grimaldi (left) exchanges punches with Curtis “The Nucci Man “ Antonucci in an exhibtion bout. This was Antonucci’s first time in the ring in five years.

Jacob Bozin, Anthony Mulder and Tyson Whalen both fought in an exhibition bout, as did Curtis “The Nucci Man” Antonucci, who made his return to the ring for the first time in five years. He took on the hard-hitting Nick “The Grim Reaper” Grimaldi.

“I definitely have missed this,” said Antonucci after the fight. “I think I did ok considering I took the fight on Thursday. I have a feeling people will be seeing me in the ring again.”

“It was cool to see him back in the ring,’ said LeBlanc. “He didn’t think he could do it but he did a great job.”

Steve Wigle picked up a controversial split decision loss to Josh Lush of Rough Boxing Club and Mike Menrdi dropped his bout to Dylan Maisonevie of St. Catherine’s.

In the main event, Noram “The Pitbull” Lechance notched another win under his belt with a victory over David Garvey of Windsor Amateur Boxing Club.

“I thought the fight went very well,” said Lechance. “I boxed very well. It seemed like he wasn’t able to touch me all fight.”

For fighting in their first fight with FIBC, LeBlanc presented Quin Greenaway and Menardi with Fighting Island black t-shirts.

LeBlanc said fighting in front of the crowd is great exposure for his fighters.

“They love it. They eat it right up,” he said. “We make a big deal out of our shows so it’s good to see all the fighters having fun.”

LeBlanc mentioned FIBC is planning another show in early September, but details have yet to be ironed out.

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