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2009 News Update
Motor City entered 4 boxers in the 2009 Brampton Cup, held February 6th – 8th in Brampton, Ontario. This is one of the largest amateur tournaments in the country. Motor City collected two gold and two bronze medals this year.

Ashley “Princess” Dewey was the 1st Motor City boxer to mix it up at the tournament in a rematch with Erica Atkin from BEL Boxing Club in Peterborough in the Female 60Kg division. Ashley had already beaten Atkin in the fall stopping her in the 2nd round of both boxers debut. This time out Atkin was well prepared and managed to pull off a very close win on points with a final score of 13-12.

Next up was Jane Roy making her debut against Heather Kennedy also from the BEL club in the ¼ final of the Female 69kg division. Jane came out hard and landing with her right, Kennedy toughed it out for 2 rounds until the 3rd round when the ref ruled Kennedy had enough and stopped the fight. This sent Jane to the Semi-finals where she boxed Colleen Smith out of Sully’s Boxing Club in Toronto. Smith had received the buy in the ¼ final and took advantage of being fresh coming on strong early against Jane. Jane battled back but couldn’t get her right landing as well in this match. In the 3rd Jane was down by 6 and received a couple 8 counts causing the fight to be stopped in favor of Smith.

Dustyn “The Predator” Perry was up next looking to record his first win against Mitch Browning from Bigtyme Boxing in Orangeville in the semi-final of Male Youth 69kg division. Dustyn stalked Browning for three rounds badly bloodying his opponent who managed to land decent counter punches as Dustyn pressed the action. The fight was tied on the computer score cards so they used the count back system that scores every punch landed and Dustyn came out on top 54-45. This took Dustyn to the finals against an old rival by the name of Dave Spence from the host Bramalea Boxing Club in Brampton. Spence had picked up a unanimous decision win over Dustyn in December and Dustyn wanted vengeance almost as much as he wanted the gold medal. It was another hard fought fight with Dustyn on the attack and Spence throwing counters and moving away. This one came up even too and went to count back where Dustyn’s aggressive hard work paid off and had him 10 points ahead earning him the gold medal.

Motor City boxer and 39 Kg Ontario Champion Evan Gillard closed the show with a spectacular win over veteran boxer, 2008 Canadian 39 kg Champion Bradley Wilcox from the Steeltown Boxing Club in Hamilton in the 41 kg final. It was only Evans 8th bout but he showed great skill, determination and heart winning the bout by 1 point with a final score of 4-3 for the Motor City sensation. The Motor City Team was lead by coaches Steve Cyr and Brad Gonsalvez at this tournament.

Evan and Team mates Luke “Cool Hands” Caride and Frankie “The Thrill” Rill leave on Monday February 23rd for Edmonton, Alberta where Evan and Luke will fight for Canadian Junior Titles at 39 kg and 41 kg respectively and Frankie boxes off to represent Canada as the Elite B-Team representative in the 91+kg division. The Canadian Championships are being held in the West Edmonton Mall February 25th – March 1st.

Motor City will show case our newest boxers and some old favorites locally when the Club presents “Motor City Reloaded” on Sunday March 29th at LeSkratch in Oshawa, advance tickets will be on sale the 1st week of March at LeSkratch or from the club for $10 a $5 savings off the door price of $15.