Memory Lane

The Career of Florent Poirier

Florent Poirier with Raymond Downey of Halifax, NS who captured
bronze medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.
Florent Poirier with Raymond Downey of Halifax, NS who captured bronze medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.
Florent Poirier with Raymond Downey of Halifax, NS who captured bronze medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.

Florent Poirier was one in a million when it came to the passion he had for the sweet science. His passion was always evident in how he carried himself with pride, respect and dignity throughout his illustrious amateur boxing career. His career began in Bathurst NB during 1977. He would box for sixteen years before retiring in 1993 with a remarkable record of 82 total bouts, 62wins 20 defeats 15 RSC and 1 KO. His professional career included two wins and a draw with 1 KO victory.

Both his grand father, Wilfred Vienne au from Portage River NB boxed in the 1920’s and his father Hilaire Poirier from Rogersville, NB that boxed with the Canadian Army with Yvon Durelle, “The Fighting Fisherman,” from Baie-Sainte- Anne, NB. Durelle would influence Poirier, a tenacious and talented boxer with smooth footwork and hands as fast as lightning.

Florent also participated as a Junior Greco Roman Wrestler becoming the 1981 Maritime Champion and finishing 4th in the Canadian Junior and Espoire Wrestling Championships. His wrestling career came to an end when it became necessary to join between the two sports he excelled in. Florent would represent New Brunswick during the 1983 Jeux du Canada Winter Games held in Lac St. Jean Quebec where he captured his first gold medal by defeating boxers from British Columbia and Quebec respectfully. It began an impeccable career that saw him competing on the international level for 8 consecutive years.

Florent Poirier was Elected to the Moncton Sports Wall of Fame in 2013!
Florent Poirier was Elected to the Moncton Sports Wall of Fame in 2013!

*This article was authored by Daniel Doiron and Posted by Nick DeLong*

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *