Nova Scotia’s Joey Laviolette is a man on a mission. Come Saturday August 24th, the 31 year old Halifax born Laviolette will be facing the biggest challenge of his punch for pay career when he makes the trip to the village of Richibucto to face Canada’s number one ranked Super-Featherweight fighter Dominic “Don’t Blink” Babineau in a scheduled 10 round bout with the Canadian National Boxing Authority Canadian title at stake. Laviolette turned Pro on March 24th of 2012 with a first round knockout of Alberta’s Dave McQuaker in a bout held in his hometown of Halifax after having won 90 of 110 amateur fights. Along the way, Laviolette would win four Canadian Amateur titles as well as a World Ringside championship and a Marine Core title. He’d also fight in the Pan-Am and Francophone Games. After taking up boxing at the age of 10, Laviolette fell in love with the sport on the very first day. Trained and managed by Brian Archibald, Laviolette has more than put in all the hard work on a daily basis to both be a better fighter as well as a better person. Laviolette has also worked countless hours with former Olympian fighter Wayne Gordon who is now an Olympic coach for the Canadian National team. Laviolette had the following to say about his upcoming C.N.B.A title fight against the hard hitting Babineau, “As for the fight against Dominic, I feel very confident going into it because I’ve done the work. I’ve fought some of the best fighters in the world over the years and I’ve beat a number of them. I’m still getting better every day. I have no problem going to his hometown and I feel that it’s going to add more pressure on him. Winning this fight will definitely open doors for me in the near future for some big fights. Dominic is a strong guy and a decent puncher but I’ve been in a lot more high quality fights and I think it will show come August 24th”. Laviolette’s Pro record now stands at 11 wins (7 knockouts) and 2 loses. American prospects Robson Conceicao and Avery Sparrow are the only two fighters that have had their hands raised in victory against Laviolette. The Laviolette-Babineau bout is already being looked at as a possible Fight of The Year for 2019 in Canada.
As well as the World class Main Event between Babineau and Laviolette taking place, boxing fans are going to be treated to several other action packed bouts with St. Louis de Kent’s Annie “No Mercy” Mazerolle and Richibucto’s Jani Babineau both facing tough opponents as both continue their march towards a future challenge for the Canadian title in their respected weight divisions. Mazerolle, ranked as the number one fighter in Canada by the C.N.B.A takes on the solid chinned Giovanna Gonzalez of Mexico in a 6 round Heavyweight fight that will see fireworks right from the opening bell. Mazerolle could very well challenge for the Canadian title before the end of 2019. The aggressive “No Mercy” has scored four straight wins since losing to Ontario’s Claire Hafner on May 27th 2017. The two hard punching fighters met for a rematch on August 19th of the same year with Mazerolle winning a hard fought split decision in a bout fought in Shediac. (Hafner of Ottawa is scheduled to fight for the W.B.O. World title on October 4th in Auckland New Zealand). Mazerolle had the following to say about her upcoming fight, “I plan on fighting for a few titles before I hang up the gloves. I just bought a business so it’s harder to train. But boxing doesn’t pay my bills so I have to make sure I make a good living for my family. Jeff Mackay, my trainer has me in good shape for this fight. It’s been hard spending time on the new business and spending time with my little man (son), but I am a fighter and I always bring it and on the 24th I plan on doing just that”!
Jani Babineau fought The Fight of The Night on a card this past May 4th in Miramichi and she’ll again be out to thrill her fans with her aggressive, two fisted style. Jani will be taking on Mexico’s Brenda Balderas over 4 rounds. Babineau leaves everything in the ring and no doubt she’ll do the same again come August 24th. Fredericton fan favourite Alex Paul will also see action, as the rough and tough 175 pounder takes on P.E.I’s Greg Weeks in a 4 round battle of Light-Heavyweights. A number of amateur bouts will be presented as part of the “Toe to Toe in Richibucto” card with doors opening at 6:30pm with the opening bell ringing at 7:30pm. Tickets can be ordered on the Miramichi by calling 210-2303.
This past weekend saw several members of Moncton’s Fists Boxing Club seeing action on an Amateur card held in the city of Grand Bay West Field. Fists (First in stopping tough streets) Yan Azarenkov evened the score with two time Canadian Amateur champ Riley Varlen of Oromocto when Varlen was unable to continue at the end of round 2. (Varlen had scored a close decision over Azarenkov in an earlier bout between the two).
Other Fists fighters seeing action were Marc Pelltier, Ryan Chesbrough and Travis Raymond. Pelltier got into trouble in round 2 and his bout against Oromocto’s John Johnson was stopped. Chesbrough put on a good display of his boxing skills in an exhibition against Jeremy Whalen while Raymond lost a close, hard fought decision to Dennis Daigle from the St. John Golden Gloves boxing club. Hats off to all the boxers featured on the action packed card!
Don’t forget: Keep your hands up and your chin tucked in!