Wednesday, October 29, 2014


2015 Senior Open:
Elite Boxing Championships:
by Brian Zelley
* (the tournament is the first Canadian event in the process
for selecting the Canadian boxing team for the 
2015Pan Am Games to be held in Ontario.)

                                             (Boxing Canada photo, October 2014)

Early Action for the Team West 
* Early action for team west resulted in mixed
results with BC's Jessy Brown and River Tucker
being eliminated along with one Alberta boxer.
A big bout expected in the nextround of the
bantamweight division will be a showdown
between BC's Kenny Lally and Ontario's
two time Canadian Golden Gloves champion
Rodolfo Velasquez.

                             Rodolfo Velasquez

Kenny Lally.

Lally over Rodolfo in semi finals, Kenny will fight for gold.
Rodolfo will fight for bronze against Francois Pratte.

A good fight between Velasquez and Lally

Elsewhere for bronze, BC's  River Tucker
will face Carole-Anne Mercier.
In the men's light-heavyweigt division
Max Rizzi to face Richard MacDonald.
An interesting situation is David Gathier will
 be competing for bronze.

Finals: sample of bouts
Alexandra Strickland vs Carolyn Vevre
Emilien Boucher vs Miscael Marin
Lucas Bahdi vs Cylin Downey
Darcy Hinds vs Clovis Drolet
Jake Varga vs Vincent Thibeault


River Tucker, Sierra Picton, Cher Obediah,
Odille Letellier, Brandon Leaman, Max Rizzi,
Kingsley Alexander, Donovan Thomas,
Rodolfo Velasquez,

Silver  Female
Evelyn Calado, Amanda Galle, 
Alexandra Strickland, 

Gold - Canadian champions - Women
Kum , Bujold, Adjei, Vevyre, Kali, Camera, 
Spencer Greey, Lepage-Joanise.

Best Female Boxer: Mandy Bujold.

,Silver Males
* Young, Gillard, Wilcox, Downey, Warner,
* Elabdoulli, Hinds, Varga, Yengue, Huggins.

Gold Males
* Tondo, Boucher, Lally, Bahdi, Biyarslanov,
* Haghigat-Joo, Drolet, Thibeault

* Thibeault, Rasmussen, Kean.

Best Male Boxer:  Lucas Bahdi
Short Jabs and Golden Memories

Kaitlyn Clark, Silver medalist
Beaver Boxing Club, Ottawa
as repoted by Mark Sutcliffe, Ottawa Citizen
"Boxing has changed my life"

River "The Fox" Tucker, bronze
Queensborough Boxing, BC
"A big thanks to coaches Bob and Nathan"

Canadian images:

Won title again for 2015

Monday, October 20, 2014

Canadian boxing, flashbacks

British boxers of 1968

Whose who of British Boxing 1968: by Brian Zelley

                                                        Henry Cooper
                                 Top British Heavyweight

The Heavywrights:
* It was 1968 and the British champion was still
Henry Cooper with Brian Lndon and Billy Walker
high in the rankings. Others included:
Carl Gizzi Johnny Prescott, Jack Bodell, Billy Gray,
Dave Ould, Vic Moore and Peter Boddington.

Other Champions:
* Young McCormack, Johnny Pritchett, Johnny Cooke,
Maurice Cullen, Howard Winstone, Walter McGowan, 
and John McCluskey.

Some oter top names were:
Mark Rowe, Eddie Avoth, Ralph Charles,
Ken Buchan, Brian Cartwright and Alan Rudkin.

Some of the prospects would include Jimmy Revie, 
 and Brian Hudson. Some on the edge  of
 retirement would be  Brian McCaffrey who had
lost to Johnny Cooke in the fight of the year.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Honourary Inductees BCABHoF

2015 BCABHoF Honourary Inductees: 
by Brian Zelley

* As part of the continued growth of the
British Columbia Amateur Boxing 
Hall of Fame, year six will consider
the following five greats as "Honourary Inductees":

Barney Ross, George Chuvalo, Jimmy McLarnin,
Muhammad Ali and Rocky Marciano

                                      Muhammad Ali

                                                             Barney Ross - Boxer
                                           Barney giving boxer Jimmy Walters pointers in 1954
                                                at the "Sun Golden Gloves in Vancouve

Guest referee and speaker


George Chuvalo

Induction Process

At the present time folks are
being given an opportunity to
discuss if these five should
be inducted as honourary members.

If it is decided to induct them
steps will be taken
to highlight their stories.

Names In Support

Brian Zelley,  Carol Skanks, Gardipy Donyvon
Justin Pagani, Robert E. Shannon, Scott Galloway,
     Robbie MGregor, Asif Dar, Scotty Olson,  

               Victor Hernandez , Hugo Corral , Rick Gagne 


2015 The Eight Nominees, BCABHoF

Thursday, October 9, 2014

BCABHoF, 2015 Nominees

BCABHoF, 2015 Nominees: BC Amateur Boxing Hall of Fame nominees for 2015

Some of the eight: by Brian Zelley
Eddie Mulhern,  pioneer
* inductee of the UBC sports hall of fame

Kenny Lally, boxer

Barry Creswell, builder

John Skanks, builder