With lots of heavy hitting boxing action taking place in Canada, it comes as no surprise that a number of this country’s fighters are seeing action in a number of other countries as well. Not too many weeks go by without news of Canadian boxers making us all proud fighting at home or abroad.
Fresh off the news of Montreal based Eleider Alvarez scoring the biggest win of his boxing career, the 7th round knockout of defending World Light- Heavyweight champ Sergey Kovalev on August 4th in Atlantic city comes more great news for the Canadian fight game. Some fighters have to wait late into their career before they ever get the chance to challenge for a World title, the biggest prize in the Sport of Champions. Many only get that chance when their best days are behind them and that is a real shame.
Come this September 15th, the highest profile fight card of the year is scheduled to take place in the city of Las Vegas Nevada when the world championship rematch between fan favorites Saul Alvarez (49-1&2) and Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin (38-0&1) takes place. The two, considered to be in the top 10 best fighters in the world, met last September 16th in Vegas in a bout that ended in an action-packed draw after 12 hard fought rounds. All eyes of the boxing world will no doubt be on Sin City when the two square off again.
The undercard of the World Middleweight championship brawl will feature a double dose of Canadian flavor, as two of this country’s very best face though tests with both out to impress the millions watching around the world. Former World 160-pound champ, David Lemieux of Montreal will be taking on the hard-hitting Gary O’Sullivan (28 & 2 with 20 KOs) in a scheduled 12 rounder. The stiff punching O’Sullivan is riding a five-bout knockout streak and he’ll no doubt be looking to hand Lemieux (39 & 4 with 33 KOs) his walking papers as a top ranked contender. Lemieux’s only losses came in two World title fights against Gennady Golovkin (TKO and Billy Joe Saunders (12 round decision) and a 7th round TKO loss to Marco Antonio Rubia to go along with a 12-round decision to fellow Quebec fighter Joachim Alcine in a career that saw the Ko artist putting a number of the world’s best fighters to sleep.
O’Sullivan started his punch for pay career winning 16 straight bouts before dropping a 12-round decision to Billy Joe Saunders in a bout for the World 160-pound title. Following that heart-breaking loss, O’Sullivan bounced back to score six more big wins before losing to the hard-hitting Chris Eubank Jr. before going on another six-bout winning streak to set up the fight with Lemieux. Look for someone to go to sleep in this one!
Meanwhile, Ajax Ontario’s Brandon “Bad Boy” Cook (20 & 1 with 13KOs) will fight the biggest fight of his career when the 32-year-old Super-Welterweight takes on the undefeated defending W.B.O. World champ, Jaime Munguia (30&0, 25 KOs) of Mexico in challenge of Munguia’s 154-pound title. The fight will be Munguia’s 3rd defence of the title he won by a 4th round TKO of Sadam Ali on May 12 of this year.
Ali was coming off of a December 2017 win over future Hall of Famer Miguel Cotto in a bout in the famed Madison Square Garden in New York. Cook’s biggest win to date was his 7th round TKO of the then undefeated Steven Butler in a sold-out Bell Center in Montreal on January 28th of 2017. Cook saw a pair of big fights fall through earlier this year and he’ll no doubt be out to score a major upset against Munguia. Cook also owns a knockout victory over former World champ Fitz Vanderpool on June 1st 2013 in a Mississauga bout. Look for both Lemieux and Cook to return home on September 15th with their hands raised in victory.
This past Monday, August 20th maked 65 years since the “Fighting Fisherman”, Yvon Durelle took on the tough American Curtis Wade over 10 rounds at the Moncton Stadium. At the time Durelle was the Canadian Middleweight champ who would go on to capture both the Canadian and British Light-Heavyweight championships before fighting a fight that has been called one of top 10 best in boxing history against defending World 175 pound champ Archie Moore on December 10th 1958 in Montreal in a bout that saw the Baie Saint-Anne puncher
come within seconds of scoring what without a doubt would have been one of the biggest upsets in boxing history, sending the then 174-21&9 Moore to the canvas four times before Moore, known as the Old Mangoose came back to score a 11th round knockout in the scheduled 15 rounder.
Durelle would score an 8 round TKO over Wade in the Hub City bout on August 20th of 1953. On the undercard that night would be two youngsters who were to become part of the biggest boxing family in history. The then six-year Richard Doiron-Gould and his seven-year-old brother Jerry Jr. would open the evening going toe to toe in a bout that featured two of the world’s youngest ever fighters. The brothers would go on to even box the semi-final on a future Pro card held in the province.
The brothers would be coached by their father, Jerry Doiron Sr. who would work the corner of Durelle a total of 16 times during the Fighting Fisherman’s exciting career. (Durelle would win 15 of those 16 bouts). The young Gould boys would go on to leave their mark on the Sport of Champions. Following their long boxing careers, Richard would go on to become a well-respected boxing historian, working on behalf of the Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame, putting in countless hours to induct a number of well deserving boxing people into the Hall of Fame including the likes of Yvon Durelle, “Smokin” Bob Harvey, Tilly Leblanc, Rene Durelle, Tiger’Lo Durelle and Ernie Durelle as well as countless others.
Richard would fight off and on for 37 years. He’d also go on to become a much sought after boxing trainer, working both with a number of Amateur and Pro prospects. Older brother Jerry Jr. would go on to be a promoter, manager, trainer, Golden Gloves champion, boxing commissioner for 20 years with the Moncton Boxing and Wrestling Commission, and serve 3 terms as President of the Canadian Professional Boxing Federation and be the founder and president of the National Boxing Authority.
Richard and Jerry Jr. would be the first of eight brothers who would go on to become boxers. Ray, Ron, George, Paul, Danny and Roger would follow in their foot steps. Ray, Paul as well as Roger would box Pro while Danny and Ron would stay undefeated during their outstanding Amateur careers. George would follow his boxing career by becoming a boxing coach for a number of Pro boxers. Ray has been running the Fists Boxing Club in Moncton for over 30 years, working with the youth in the Hub City. Jerry Sr., Jerry Jr., Richard, Ray and Paul are all members of both the Canadian Hall of Fame and the Moncton Sports Wall of Fame.
Paul is an official in both Pro Boxing and MMA and writes the only weekly boxing column in the country for the Miramichi Leader. Roger went on to become a top referee in both Pro Boxing and MMA. Dan would become a well-respected Promoter as well as the president of the National Boxing Authority.
The Doiron-Gould family would go on to dedicate a life time to the Sport of Boxing. On August 20th of 1953, young Richard and Jerry Jr. would be led into the ring by a brass band and following the exciting action put on by the two they would be presented special trophies by the Deputy Mayor of Moncton. Both would go on to be honored a number of times over the years for their hard work on behalf of the Sport of Champions.
Over the years, a number of other Doiron family members have taken up the sport including, cousins, nephews as well as nieces
Don’t forget: Keep your hands up and your chin tucked in!