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"Big" Fish Canadas Top Youth Boxer in Germany
Colin "The Big" Fish represented Canada in the 81kg Light heavy weight division at the 2008 Brandenburg Cup in Frankfurt, Order, Germany September 4-7, 2008. Colin was traveling with a Team of 7 other boxers, an Official and two coaches including Motor City coach Don Nelson. Colin had three fights all against Germans which was kind of odd since there were 22 other countries in this tournament. Colin was the only Canadian boxer to get a silver medal this year and the second in the history of this tournament. No Canadian has ever won, in 2006 Motor City's Frankie Rill won Canada's first medal, a bronze at this prestigious event which is know as the 2nd toughest tournament in Europe next to the European championships.

Colin got a good draw and the buy to the quarter final where he met Kenan Bayrami. Colin boxed a technically sound fight, didnít take any chances and gradually rang up the score catching his opponent with plenty of jabs and solid right hands throughout the bout. The final score was 22:8 for Colin.

In his semi-final fight Colin was in against south paw Jamny Kumande who was a big puncher who dominated his preliminary opponent and stopped his opponent in the quarter final by breaking his nose in the 3rd round. Colin made some errors against Kumande that allowed the German to keep the fight close. The fight was tied or either boxer was leading by 1 or 2 points for the first 3 rounds. In the fourth the German went ahead by 4 and with about 15 seconds left it didnít look good but Colin opened up and scored 6 points in the closing seconds of the fight to win 12:10. this was without a doubt the most exciting 15 seconds of the tournament.

In the final Colin was confident believing that his previous fight was actually the gold medal bout. But a hand injury sustained in the opening seconds of the 1st round made Colin hold back on his power punches. It was tied at the end of the 1st; Colin was down by 2 after the second and 5 after the 3rd. In the fourth Colin was landing more but the punches apparently werenít being considered hard enough or not scored as they passed through his opponents guard. When it ended Arthur Schmidt had won 14:4 the fight was much closer than the score indicates, but Colin did fall just short of his goal to win Canada's first gold at this Tournament.

Colin's next International appearance will be at the 1st AIBA Youth World Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico October 25-November 1, 2008 when he fights for the World Light heavy Title. Colin will receive a buy to the 2009 National Championships where he'll box as a Elite (senior) boxer this year. While the Youth team is at the Worlds other Ontario Boxers will be attempting to qualify at the Ontario open class Junior, Youth and Elite Boxing Championships right here in Oshawa at the Holiday Inn Oct. 30 - Nov. 2 as Motor City plays host to this annual event. The Ontario open class Junior, Youth and Elite Boxing Championships is the largest amateur boxing tournament in Canada there will be up to 66 provincial titles on the line, at least 4 days of competition and 6 sessions of boxing. Local fans can buy passes to the event at the Holiday Inn and Motor City Boxing for $50 for the entire event, admission to individual sessions will limited and sold on a first come basis before each session for $15 per session if there are any seats left.