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Motor City Claims another National Title
Motor City Boxer Ahmed “AK-47” Karatella and Coach Jim Dimitrovski travelled to St. Hyacinthe, Quebec for the 2010 Canadian Elite Championships which ran January 26-30. Ahmed was selected to represent Ontario at the Championships in the 51 Kg division after defeating the Ontario Elite 51Kg Champion, Hamilton boxer Phil Butler, here in Oshawa on November 22nd.

Ahmed had only 4 boxers in his division at the Championships but he drew the toughest one for his first match in the semi-finals where he faced the reining Canadian Champion Francois Pratte. Ahmed was well prepared to fight Pratte since we knew that he was the guy to beat and we had prepared for his style over the last few weeks in the gym. Motor City Coach Don Nelson had worked twice with Pratte at the 2007 & 2008 Brandenburg Cup in Germany and knew his style and tactics in the ring. It was an action packed match with the veteran Pratte know for his tight defence and quick scoring combinations trying to keep the score low moving a lot while keeping his hands up leaving Ahmed to push the action, which he did. The scored stayed closed thru all rounds with each Boxer leading at times by a point or 2 with about a minute left in the 3rd and final round Ahmed caught Pratte with a solid hook rocking the Champ and giving him an eight count. Pratte arguably never recovered, he had enough sense to hold and tie up Ahmed ever time Ahmed tried to resumed his attack, the referee had to caution Pratte time and time again until with about 30 seconds left in the fight he was disqualified for holding. Pratte was only down by 2 points at the time of the disqualification but he was badly hurt and not capable of defending himself any longer. This was for all intents and purposes the gold medal fight but you can’t count your chickens before they hatch and Ahmed had to fight a tough Alberta boxer in Colin Pham for the Gold on Saturday.

The final was all Ahmed but Pham wasn’t about to lay down he fought on even after Ahmed broke his nose in the 2nd round. When the final bell rang there was no doubt Ahmed had won as he stood covered from head to toe in Pham’s blood but Ahmed showed his class and awaited the decision. Ahmed was crowned the Canadian Elite 51Kg Champion having won the final 26-10 over Alberta’s Colin Pham.

Ahmed will likely have to defend his new Title February 23-27 in Halifax, N.S. at the Elite Final Team Selections and Canadian Junior/Youth Championships where Motor City Boxers Evan “The Golden Boy” Gillard and Cody “C-4” Nixon will also fight for Canadian titles in the Junior and Youth categories respectively.
For full results from the 2010 Elite Championships log on to www.fqbo.qc.ca.

Local fans can meet Motor City’s newest National Champion, our Team heading to Halifax as well as Motor City’s Pro sensation “Lethal” Lindsay Garbatt who is currently ranked 2nd in the World as a Feather and fighting Jeannine “G9” Garside for the WIBA Title on April 24th in Duncan, BC, all at our upcoming club show on Sunday February 14th at LeSkratch when Motor City Boxing presents the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre II, doors open at 1pm and fights start at 2pm advance tickets are now on sale at LeSkratch for only $10.