The 2016 Nationals ran from Mar. 28 to April 2 from the Hilton hotel in Quebec City, Quebec. The tournament featured the best amateur male and female boxers in Canada
For five grueling days, boxers competed for a gold medal, to be the champion of their weight class and a spot on the Canadian national team. It will likely produce many of the future Canadian Olympic boxers for the 2020 Olympics. Meanwhile, the 2016 Rio Canadian boxing team was determined last month at the Olympic qualifiers held in Argentina.
Please read my feature on the 2016 Rio Canadian boxing team for more of my thoughts on them.
The Nationals feature the best boxing talent from coast to coast. The provincial winners meet head-to-head to see who is the best in their weight class in Canada.
In my opinion, Team Ontario and Team Quebec have been producing the most impressive boxers overall, although the other provinces did have their share of champions this past week as well.
Team Ontario has such promising young talent like: Michael Cabato (of Atlas Boxing club, Toronto, ON), Spencer Wilcox (of Steeltown Boxing club, Hamilton), Moe Zawadi (Uptown Boxing, Barrie), Kingsley Alexander (of Atlas Boxing club, Toronto), just to name a few.
Day One was rather hectic and crazy, as we had over 236 eager male and female boxers attending this event. Needless to say, the first day of weigh-ins and waiting to see the doctor for medicals was utter chaos for a few hours. After some team meetings, it was off to the Nationals official “draw”, to determine who fights who in the opening round.
New no headgear rule for 2016
The new rule changes of no head gear at the elite level (highly experienced amateur boxers only) of the Canadian Amateur Boxing Association (CABA) are designed to increase the skill level and elevate it, along with strategy. This change should elevate amateur boxing’s overall skill level and in layman’s terms, better prepare them for the professional ranks.
The Nationals featured two boxing rings and over 236 of the best boxers from across Canada. After attending the Nationals with my boxer, I can honestly say our level of boxing in Canada is getting better and better. The main problem remains that we need more positive exposure in the general public’s eyes.
Once the initial draw commenced for the first round of the Nationals tournament, conducted by longtime Boxing Ontario rep Val Ryan, the initial matchups unfolded themselves. They revealed the depth of talent that is slowly emerging in Canada.
The number of female boxers keeps improving too, with greater numbers representing at the provincial and national level. I hope to see this trend continue.
The card started on Tuesday the 26th at 6:00 p.m. ET. Just as the show was about to commence, one of the two boxing rings collapsed and would be out of commission for the rest of the first evening of boxing. So on Day One, the show did not finish until 11:00 p.m. that night.
The challenges of live events and shows.
Day Two saw the rebuilt second ring and we were set to go for action without any further glitches.
Aside from the collapsed ring, everything went great for the rest of the tournament. I came away from the Nationals with a greater belief that Canada can produce exciting boxers again.
So for all of you boxing purists, we have some excellent talent to watch for in Canada. Team Ontario had its highest medal count ever, in its history, reaching 86% of the total medals earned in Quebec City at the 2016 Nationals.
Please support your local amateur boxing clubs, as we can not do this without you!
We have some heroes in the making.
‘Elite Male’ results at the 2016 Nationals, Quebec City, Quebec:
91kg (200lbs.) – Brock Stumpf (ON), GOLD medal win over Jhevani Dixon (ON).
75 kg (165lbs.) – Kingsley Alexander (ON), GOLD medal win over Terell Pelletier (MB).
64kg (141lbs.) – Carl Poirier (QC), GOLD medal win over Josh Lupia (ON).
56kg (123lbs.) – Giovan Mathieu-Major (QC), GOLD medal win over Fayaz Sultanyar (ON).
Elite Female’ results at the 2016 Nationals, Quebec City, Quebec:
81kg (178lbs.) – Ali Greey (NT), GOLD medal win over Marja Curran (ON).
69kg (152lbs.) – Myriam Da Silva (NT), GOLD medal win over Norma Marshall (NS).
60kg (132lbs.) – Deedra Chestnut (ON), GOLD medal win over Odile Letellier (QC).
54kg (119lbs.) – Erica Adjei (NT), GOLD medal win over Sara Haghighat-Joo (ON).
Support your local amateur boxers as they can become tomorrow’s heroes.