Known by many of his friends in the boxing world as Dr.Phil, Moncton’s Phil Baraly has done just about everything there is when it comes to “The Sport of Champions”. First getting involved back in 1970 through his close friend Eugene Gauvin, Phil would have several amateur bouts under trainer Lenny Lavoie. From there, Phil would go on to spend 20 years learning the trade under Albert Knapper who was running the Moncton Amateur Boxing Club on West Morland Street. (Knapper would do his part working with the area’s youth, steering them in the right direction and even years after his death, youngsters who Mr. Knapper came into contact with can still be heard praising “Albert” for all that he did to help keep them out of trouble). Many of the area’s Pro boxers also trained at Albert’s gym over the years. Knapper would be inducted into the Moncton Sports Wall of Fame in 1992 for his 50 years of dedication to amateur boxing. Working with Knapper, it wouldn’t take long for Baraly to pick up the tricks of the trade. Phil would start the first of several boxing clubs in Shediac in 1993. From there, Baraly would go on to train a number of the province’s best prospects, leading several to national titles during their amateur careers. In 2007, three of Baraly’s boxers would capture Gold at that year’s National Championships being held in Sarnia Ontario, Dominic Babineau and his sister Jani would win championships in their weight divisions as would Mitch Cormier. Andrew Stauffer would bring home a Silver medal from that same event. In all, Baraly would lead boxers to 12 Gold medals, 4 Silver medals and a number of Bronze medals while taking part in boxing events across the country. On top of Phil running a number of boxing clubs and spending countless hour teaching the manly art to more youngsters than he can remember, Phil would serve two terms as President of New Brunswick Amateur Boxing (Boxe N.B.) as well as three terms as V.P of New Brunswick Boxing. (Only N.B.s Bob Edgett has trained more National champions than Baraly).
Phil would also work with a number of New Brunswick Pro boxers over the years. He’d coach Marcel Maillet Sr. in the punch for pay ranks as well as the exciting fan favourites Benoit “Bam Bam” Boudreau and Gary “The Kid” McIntyre when both were facing a number of the country’s best during their Pro careers. Phil also trained brothers Jonah and Jake Arbuckle as well as the tough Cory Chase and Aaron Edgett. Over the past several years, Phil has been guiding the pro career of Richibucto’s Dominic “Don’t Blink” Babineau who is ranked the number one Pro Super-Featherweight boxer in Canada by the Canadian National Boxing Authority. Babineau will bring his 11&1 record into the ring on Saturday August 24th when the hard hitting current C.P.B.C International champ trades leather against Nova Scotia’s Joey Laviolette in a scheduled 10 rounder with the Canadian National Boxing Authority Super-Featherweight Canadian championship on the line. Baraly has been in young Babineau’s corner since Dominic was just 9 years old. Come August 24th , all the years of hard work that both have put into the sport will be put on the line as Dominic faces the best fighter he’ ever taken on in a fight that could very well open doors for the winner down the road. Boxing people right across the country are saying that this bout between the two top ranked guys in the country could very well turn out being the 2019 Canadian Fight of The Year. It’s already shown more interest than any other fight held in New Brunswick in 20 or so years. Both fighters will be out to put on a world class fight once the opening bell rings. “Dr.Phil” had the following to say while looking back over all the time he’s spent working with boxers. “I’ve been lucky to have worked with good kids. I like what I am doing now, still being involved. It’s time for me to pass the torch to younger guys who have been working hard to become trainers”.
Come August 24th, Dominic “Don’t Blink” Babineau will be one step closer to becoming a champion for the second time this year. (He won the C.P.B.C International championship this past May 4th). And right beside him will be the man who’s been there every step that “Don’t Blink” has taken since putting gloves on for the first time as a 9 year old. Coach Phil Baraly will be the man climbing through the ropes, leading young Babineau into battle like he’s done for every one of Dominic’s fights. And he’ll be the first to embrace “Don’t Blink” at the final bell, no matter what the outcome. Mr. Knapper would be proud!
Doors open at 6:30pm on August 24th at the Imperial Kent North Centre in Richibucto with the opening bell set to ring at 7:30pm. Others seeing action will be Annie “No Mercy” Mazerolle as well as Jani Babineau, the always exciting Alex Paul and Greg Weeks. Tickets can be ordered on the Miramichi by calling 210-2303.
Don’t forget: Keep your hands up and your chin tucked in!
Written by: Paul Doiron