Talks underway to bring boxing to UCCUC

By Joel Charron

Talks are currently underway to bring a spectacular boxing event to the United Communities Credit Union Complex this summer.

On Thursday morning, Fighting Island Boxing Club (FIBC) president Joe LeBlanc, along with Windsor Amateur Boxing Club  (WABC) president Charlie Stewart and three-time world champion Mary Spencer toured the new facility to get a feeling whether the venue would be suitable for a boxing event.

The responses from the three were overwhelming.

“This is a beautiful facility,” said Stewart. “I can’t wait to get in here and box. You can’t ask for anything better than this.”

No date has been set for the show, however, LeBlanc and Stewart are aiming for June or July. Many fighters from FIBC and WABC will be on

Boxing will be coming to the United Communities Credit Union Complex in June or July. In photo: (L to R) WABC president Charlie Stewart, Mary Spencer, FIBC president Joe LeBlanc and Mayor Wayne Hurst

the card with Spencer being the main event.

“When you have a facility like this it needs to be shown off,” said Spencer. “I think it is going to be awesome to have an event here.”

Spencer said fighting in Amherstburg will be something that she is looking forward to because Amherstburg has a rich history in boxing.

“There are a lot of good fight fans and a lot of good boxers that have come out of Amherstburg. There are always good turnouts at their shows,” said Spencer.

This will only be the second time that Spencer has fought locally, mainly because finding opponents for the three-time world champ has proven to be difficult. LeBlanc said Spencer’s opponent would most likely have to be flown in.

“There is no one in Canada that will fight her and she has already beaten the U.S. national champion, several times. It’s hard for us to find opponents for her,” said LeBlanc.

LeBlanc was speechless when he was asked to describe the United Communities Credit Union Complex.

“This is truly impressive,” he said. “This is going to be one wicked show.”

LeBlanc 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 tournament,” explained LeBlanc.

Spencer was also impressed with the support shown by Mayor Wayne Hurst and deputy police chief Pat Palumbo in getting an event in Amherstburg.

“In what town or city do you see that kind of support?” asked Spencer. “If they are showing that kind of interest then we want to come and put on a great show.”

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