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Ontario Summer Games: Robinson edges Reyes to take gold medal

Jacob Robinson earned a split-decision win over Louise Reyes to win the gold medal at the Ontario Summer Games 56-60kg final, Saturday evening at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga.

Robinson, who trains with Joe LeBlanc out of the Fighting Island Boxing Club in Amherstburg, Ontario, overcame a good opening round by Reyes. He stayed active, threw combinations, and outlasted a fatigued Reyes in the second and third rounds.

Reyes (7-4-0, 3 KOs) took home the silver medal.

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“I think that my opponent and I did what we could do in the fight,” Reyes – who trains with Noel Clubb out of Scarborough’s Clubb Canada gym –  said in a text when contacted by MMA Crossfire. “In the end, he was able to pull out more punches than I could and he was very prepared for the battle. I think he deserves this victory.”

After two rounds, the fight was close. Both fighters needed a decisive final frame to secure the win.

“The plan going into the final round was to give it everything I could and throw every punch that was left,” Reyes said.

 “Jacob is a good boxer,” added Reyes trainer, Noel Clubb. “He was tentative, as was Louise. He has a good jab and is good at cutting the ring , pressing his opponent into the ropes or cornering them well. Louie (Reyes) usually baits or draws his opponents, as we love to fight off the ropes and the corners. I have a lot of respect for him.”

Where Reyes goes from here is a little Ontario Summer Gamesunclear. He is scheduled to compete as a member of Team Canada against Team Ireland overseas in late October.

Louise Reyes
Louise Reyes in his corner. Courtesy Noel Clubb.
 “I feel that I need a lot more training before I fight again, so until then, training is where I will be,” Reyes said.

“I think Louie needs to reflect as to what he wants,” Clubb said. “Because he is on a bigger stage now and his training needs to reflect that.”

“I will come back when I’m ready,” Reyes said.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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