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Boxing & Ju-Jitsu Soon To Be Offered Under One Roof!
We're happy to announce that we will have some new friends joining us in the fall. Renovations begin Monday August 15th, & we expect our new friends to be operational in early September.

We're pleased to be entering into a parnership with Sensei Glen Pitcher & his crew from Musubi Dojo. For more info, check out their website at

Pre-opening memberships are now available at a discounted rate. This rate IS ONLY AVAILABLE until September 1st.

Email for further info.
New Facility Membership Pre-Sales
The renovations in the new facility are nearing completion. This means that the discounted membership rates for the new facility will soon be gone too.

All current and former members of Motor City Boxing Club are entitled to a special introductory rate at the new facility.

We will be offering recreational and competitive memberships as well as one-on-one personal coaching sessions for all members.

This new facility offers a fully equipped 5,000 sq ft boxing studio with full access to the existing weight room, cardio equipment, full service change rooms, steam rooms, and daycare. Now here’s the best part: members will have access to the facility 21 hours per day.

If you sign up now, you will be able to access the full health club, but you will not be charged until the boxing studio is up and running.

These special rates won't be available much longer, so act now if you want to take advantage of this opportunity. You can contact Dave at 905 260 2056 or Jay at 260 2055. You can also call the club at 905-434-8686 to sign up.
Busy Weekend ahead!
November 19th and 20th will be busy nights for Motor City boxers "Lethal" Lindsay Garbatt and Phil "The Assassin" Rose.

On Friday November 19th Lindsay will fight former World Champion Jelena Mrdjenovich at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. Lindsay is looking for a win that should move her to a number 2 in the World ranking by Boxrec and another Super-feather weight Title shot in the new year.

On November 20th Phil will try to improve his record to 2(2)-0 when he takes on undefeated Light Heavyweight Jonas Pierce in a 168lbs catch fight at the Hersey Centre.

Lindsay's fight will be telecast on Sportsnet and tickets for Phil's fight are on sale now at Motor City Boxing Club starting at $25, just call 905-434-8686 and leave a message if you need any.
Motor City Boxing - New Location For 2011
The Motor City Boxing Club is pleased to announce that our long-rumoured merger with Body Boomers fitness club is finally going to become a reality.

Starting in January 2011, we will be operating out of the Body Boomers' Whitby Location in the south end of the Whitby mall at 1615 Dundas St E (corner of Thickson & Hwy 2). This new facility will allow us to offer recreational memberships to people who want to reap the fitness benefits of boxing, without ever having to participate in a contact sport.

We will be offering recreational & competitive classes and also one-on-one personal training for any recreational member who wants extra attention. This new state of the art boxing facility will have flexible hours for members who wish to train on their own outside of regular club hours, as the boxing area will have the same hours as the remainder of the Body Boomers facility.

The new 5000 square foot facility will consist of 2 regulation size boxing rings and variety of heavybags, speedbags, and other boxing equipment to meet your training needs. Your membership will include access to a world class weight room, cardio area, change rooms, & steam rooms. This location also has daycare services available.

Once we are up and running in the new location, keep an eye out for “Boomers Boxing Bootcamps”, Ladies-only classes, and possibly a “Junior Boomer” boxing program for the younger kids.

Advance membership sales are already underway with a special rate for all current and former members of Motor City Boxing Club. Once we re-open in the new facility, these special rates will not be available, so act now if you want to receive the discounted rate!

To obtain an advance membership, please call Body Boomers Whitby at 905-404-BODY (905-404-2639).
Garbatt vs Hernandez II
On October 16, 2010, at the Bosque Event Santa at the Santa Ana Star Casino in the Pueblo of Santa Ana, in New, Mexico, and promoted by Golden Girl Promotions of Albuquerque, in the headliner, Melissa "Huracan" Hernandez, (13-2-2, 4 KOs), of Bronx New York, will be fighting "Lethal" Lindsay Garbatt, (5-3, 3 KOs),of Ontario, Canada, for not only the WBAN Independent World Title belt in the junior lightweight division, but will also be fighting for the GBU World title belt.

Lindsay Garbatt is currently our #1 WBAN rated boxer in the junior lightweight division, and Melissa Hernandez, is #2 with WBAN. It does not get any better than that for a world title fight! WBAN's independent board, had no problem with all giving a resounding "yes" when the fight was proposed to them.
Garbatt and Hernandez fight to a questionable draw!
Sports Speakup & View Comments
Fight Leaves Much Unsettled
By Rick Wright / Journal Columnist
Sunday, 17 October 2010 03:08
SANTA ANA PUEBLO - In a classic contest between speed and power, neither prevailed.
In a fight with three title belts at stake, none went around either fighter's waist.

Professional boxers Melissa Hernandez and Lindsay Garbatt fought to a tense, yet intense 10-round majority draw Saturday night at Santa Ana Star Casino. After a long delay in announcing the decision because of an apparent discrepancy in the scoring, the official cards read 95-95, 95-95 and 98-92 for Hernandez.

The Journal scored the bout 96-94 for Garbatt.

Hernandez, of the Bronx, N.Y., is 13-2-2 with four knockouts. Garbatt, of Oshawa, Ontario, is 5-3-1 with three KOs.

The three titles in question - the GBU, WIBA and WBAN 130-pound belts - will have to wait, perhaps for a third bout between the two.

Last June in Evansville, Ind., Garbatt defeated Hernandez by eight-round, majority decision.

Predictably, each fighter thought she won the rematch.

"I thought I was faster, cleaner, more well-rounded," Hernandez said. "... She fought hard, but I don't think she's on my level."

Garbatt thought her aggressiveness carried the fight - or should have.

"I thought I pressured her more," she said. "I thought I pushed the fight; that's what I planned to do ... But all props to (Hernandez). She was slick and had a good game plan."

Both fighters said they were ready for a third fight - as early as today, if that were possible.

"Heck, yeah," Garbatt said. "I'm ready for a trilogy. That was a great fight out there, and I'm sure everybody enjoyed it."

Hernandez was equally emphatic.

"I'll do it 10 times," she said. "... What she got last time was a gift, and what she got (Saturday) was an ever bigger gift."

A crowd of some 300, perhaps held down by the lack of a major local attraction, attended the all-female show.

The card, promoted by Albuquerque's Stephanie Jaramillo, was a benefit for Susan G. Komen For the Cure. A portion of the proceeds were earmarked for breast-cancer research and awareness.

The fans who showed were treated to a terrific boxing match.

Garbatt, taller and bigger-framed, seemed to have the advantage early in most rounds - only to see Hernandez rally and perhaps steal a few in the final 30 seconds.

Hernandez, quick and flashy, spent perhaps too much time on the ropes and/or with her hands down. But her speed of hand and foot clearly bothered Garbatt.

Rose Assassinates Dann
Motor City’s newest Pro, Middleweight Phil “The Assassin” Rose, moves to 1-0, 1KO in his pro debut knocking out Winston “The Show” Dann, now 1-1 of London, Ontario at 1:35 of the third round of their scheduled four round fight. Dann came more aggressive than we expected but once Phil, who had less reach, got working on the inside and accustomed to Dann’s awkward style he started to dominate late in the 1st. a
Early in the 2nd the referee warned Dann for excessive holding, which he had been doing since the opening bell. Phil turned up the pace but not a lot of clean punches were landing, because of all the holding. Mid-way through the round Dann wrestled Phil to the canvas and tried to throw a punch at him while he was down, this drew loud boos from the fans. This fueled Phil and with ten seconds left in the 2nd round Phil caught Dann with a crushing right hand that dropped him flat to his back. Dann was able to make it back to his feet as the round ended and saved by the bell.
Just seconds into the third round the referee took a point away from Dann for holding, it was now obvious Dann was in trouble. About one minute later Phil caught Dann with the 1st of three devastating right hands. The 1st one snapped his head back and sent him staggering backwards into the ropes. Phil moved in quickly and followed up with the 2nd hard right that put Dann out on his feet. Phil sense the win and finished things with a 3rd short right that left Dann laying face down on the canvass and the fight was called at 1:35 of the 3rd round.
Phil is eager to fight again and has already been offer the opportunity to fight on the next United Promotions event in November. Phil has accepted that offer and we’ll be awaiting word on the next opponent for the Assassin.
"Lethal" Lindsay Garbatt back in the mix!
Following Lindsay's loss to Jeannine "Heartless" Garside for the WIBA Featherweight Title in Duncan, B.C. on April 24th the Boxing Headlines read "Reign of the Upset Queen Ends". To those writers 43 days later and "The Upset Queen Rules Again", Lindsay is back on top after an upset majority decision defeat of veteran World Super Featherweight Champion Melissa "Huracan" Hernandez in an eight round non-title fight on June 5th at the National Guard Armoury in Evansville, Indiana.

Most fighters take some time off after a tough loss and come back against a "soft" opponent, but Lindsay wanted none of that. When it was purposed that she fight Melissa Hernandez instead of some easier opponents that were being lined up, Lindsay proclaimed if she was going to Box she wanted to fight the best, so the contract was signed. With great risk there can be great gain, the risk paid off for Lindsay who is now ranked 3rd in the World as a Featherweight by Boxrec and the WIBA has vacated the Super Featherweight title and ranked Lindsay as number one in the World in that division. There are lots of offers coming in for fights for Lindsay and another World Title shot won't be far away.
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

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.

Rumble On Ritson
Come check out "Rumble On Ritson" on November 22nd. The first of hopefully many events co-promoted by Motor City Boxing Club & Premier Fitness.

There are 8-10 bouts scheduled & tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Motor City Boxing Club (905-434-8686) & Premier Fitness (905-438-1555). There are a limited number of tickets available so get them early if you want to be guaranteed admittance.

There will be a special performance by the Durham College Dance Team & the afterparty will be hosted by Wildwing Oshawa.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Charles H Best Diabetes Centre For Children & Youth.

The doors open at 2 & the first bout will be starting at 3pm.
Arnie Boehm Ontario Novice Championships
Motor City recently sent 2 boxers to the Arnie Boehm Ontario Novice Championships.

In the 69 kg Youth division, Dustyn Perry received a bye to the Semi-Final round, where he met up with a very technical fighter, Andrew Raposo of the Spartan Boxing Club. Perry started strong & built an early lead, but Raposo weathered the storm & managed to hang in for the victory.

Motor City's entry in the 69 kg Elite division was none other than Tyler "The Bodybagger" Tilley. This welterweight phenom entered the tournament with a perfect 5-0 record. Like his teammate, Tilley also was given a bye to the semi-finals. His first match was against a less-experienced boxer from Toronto. Tilley dominated his opponent building an early lead & landing a solid right hand late in the first round which broke his opponent's nose. At this point, the referee intervened & stopped the fight, allowing "The Bodybagger" to advance to the next round.

The gold-medal match would prove to be Tilley's toughest yet. His opponent, Darren Gonzalez of the Kombat Arts Boxing Club in Mississauga, was a heavy puncher with bad intentions. The first round started slow with Gonzalez building an early lead. Approximately one-minute into the round, the Mississauga slugger landed a solid right hand which buckled Tilley's knees & dropped him to the canvas for the first time in his young career. The Motor City fighter dug deep inside himself & managed to not only beat the referee's count, but he also turned the fight around & finished the round with a 5 point lead!

The fans were glued to their seats as they witnessed an exciting 2nd & 3rd round where Gonzales repeatedly tried to take Tilley out, but Tilley's superior boxing skills made this an impossible feat. When the final bell rang, the Oshawa pugilist had earned a 22-16 win, improving his record to a perfect 7-0 (2) while Gonzalez falls to 5-1.

Next on the agenda for Team Motor City is the Ontario Open-Class Provincial Championships. Evan Gillard, Luke Caride, Cody Nixon, Ahmed Karatella, Clay Dales, Phil Rose & Brandon Cook will travel to Windsor from Oct 29 - Nov 1 in hopes of qualifying for the national championships early in the new year.
Motor City 2010 Home Opener Club Show
Motor City will kick off the 2010 Boxing Season on Sunday September 27th at LeSkratch in Oshawa when the club presents the "2010 Home Opener". Advance tickets are on sale now at LeSkratch or from the club for $10 a $5 savings off the door price of $15.

Here's a line up of the bouts scheduled for this card (Note: all bouts subject to change)

Joe Nufrio 150lbs 2 bouts Tillers vs Austin Ciafaloni 155lbs 0 bouts Sullys

Jhade Credo 75lbs 1 bout Cabbagetown vs Josh Swift 75lbs 0 bouts Motor City

Lexton Bates 147lbs 12 bouts Combat Arts vs Evan Jurmain 144lbs 11bouts McGrory's

Arthur Biyarslanov 130lbs 10 bouts Cabbagetown vs Joel Mangunatmodjo 130 lbs 6 bouts Ajax

Amanda Megson 135lbs 3 bouts Combat Arts vs Alexandria Strickland 140lbs 1 bout Bigtyme

Kyle Marsh 145lbs 0 bouts Ajax vs Anthony Bellino 142lbs 1 bout Motor City

Zack Ridgewell 97lbs 14 bouts Bigtyme vs Luke Caride 95lbs 16 bouts Motor City

Omar Henry 225lbs 11 bouts Cabbagetown vs Marlon Barrington 201 26 bouts Liverpool

Tristan Smith 158lbs 2 bouts Ajax vs Tyler Tilley 155lbs 4 bouts Motor City

Kane Heron 140lbs 23 bouts Bigtyme vs Mike Affainie 140lbs 20 bouts Ajax

Jordan LeBlanc 106lbs 14 bouts McGrory's vs Evan Gillard 106lbs 12 bouts Motor City

Tim Cronin 180lbs 20 bouts Tillers vs Brad Burns 178lbs 12 bouts Uptown

Jamie Fuderer 140lbs 11 bouts BEL vs Cody Nixon 141lbs 16 bouts Motor City

Victor Ong 168lbs 8 bouts Ottawa Beaver vs Phil Rose 165lbs 12 bouts Motor City

Marc Dorion 130lbs 25 bouts Ottawa Beaver vs Clay Dales 130lbs 84 bouts Motor City

Upset in Uncasville!
Those in attendance for last night's show at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut witnessed an action-packed female bout which didn't quite end the way it was supposed to.

"Lethal" Lindsay Garbatt (2[2]-2,), fighting out of Motor City Boxing Club took a last minute fight against Maureen "The Real Million Dollar Baby" Shea (13[7] - 1), of Bronx, New York.

It seems that Shea's handlers took Garbatt's .500 record for granted. Garbatt dominated Shea for the majority of the fight & after a big right hand which sent Shea to the canvas, the fight was stopped at 1:52 of the 7th round (scheduled for 8 rds).

The fight will be posted on Garbatts's Facebook Fan Club in the next few days.

Search for The Lethal Lindsay Fan Club & join her growing group of followers!
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.
"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, didn’t 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 didn’t 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 weren’t 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.

Motor City Club Show "Opportunity Knocks"
Motor City will put on another action packed Boxing Show at LeSkratch in Oshawa on Sunday April 20th, doors open at 1pm and the first fight starts at 2pm. Advance tickets are now on sale at LeSkratch for $10 and Ringside tables for 8 are availabe for $200.

Get your tickets now before they are gone!
Motor City Takes 5 Golds At Ontario Winter Games
Motor City Boxing Club sent 7 boxers to the Ontario Cadet Winter Games in Stayner Ontario and came home with 5 gold and 2 silver medals.

Shawn Maddox-Vogel of Motor City defeated Dalton Pears of the Bigtyme Boxing Club in a hard fought battle going back and forth right until the final bell. Shawn came out ahead with a winning score of 22 to 19 bringing home the gold. This was quite an accomplishment for Shawn in his first bout, as he was fighting a much more experienced opponent in Dalton Pears.

Next up was Kyle Wright of Motor City proving once again he was too strong for Jacob Rhules of the Chris Johnson Boxing Alliance. Devastating body punches from Kyle were the key to this win with a score of 17 to 11 moving Kyle to the final round. The gold medal round had Kyle facing Kevin Guenette of the Windsor Amateur Boxing Club. The fight was fairly even throughout the first 2 rounds, Kyle turned up the pressure in the 3rd round scoring well to take the win with a score of 45 to 34 bringing home the gold.

Evan Gillard of Motor City gave Christopher Damiani of East Windsor a boxing lesson for all 3 rounds. Evan's defence was outstanding and his punches accurate taking a clean win with a score of 23 to 10 to take the gold.

Luke Caride of Motor City took a hard fought loss to Adam Charlton of East Windsor. Luke was ahead going into the 3rd round, however Adam pushed forward hard in the final round building points taking the win with a score of 53 to 34 leaving Luke the silver medalist.

Emily Ottewell of Motor City was defeated by Cassandra Black at the end of the first round RSCOS1. Emily had to settle for a silver medal.

Kieran Murphy of Motor City made a statement with a solid victory over Nathan Carzeri, taking home the gold with a score of 20 to 6. Kieran started strong overwhelming his opponent early. He continued moving forward throwing and landing straight punches until the final bell.

You can catch these rising stars, and the rest of Team Motor City in Oshawa on Sunday April 20th at LeSkratch, advance tickets now on sale for only $10.
Lindsay's first pro win is a KO!
Lindsay Garbatt recorded her first professional win over debuting Island Park, NY native Tracey Hutt. Lindsay flattened Hutt with a devastating right hand in the fourth round of their exciting featherweight bout.

Lindsay seemed to be shaking off the rust of 6 months inactivity in rounds 1 and 2. She started to come around late in the 3rd but it appeared that Hutt was on her way to a unanimous decision.

In the corner between rounds 3 and 4 coach Don Nelson told Lindsay she needed a knockout to win. Lindsay wasn't long fulfilling his request landing a flush right hand that backed the visibly shaken Hutt to the ropes. Lindsay then followed up quickly with a straight right hand to the chin that dropped Hutt flat on her back. Hutt gamely tried to rise, made it to all fours and fell on her face. She again tried to struggle to her feet, but her legs wouldn't cooperate, and she crashed face-first through the ropes to the canvas once again. The official time of the KO was :52 seconds of the fourth and final round.
Garbatt Seeks Redemption
"Lethal" Lindsay Garbatt is currently in New York City, where she will face Tracey Hutt, of Island Park, New York. The bout will take place at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City this Thursday March 5th.

This will be Garbatt's 2nd pro fight; she lost her August debut to Ela Nunez in a controversial decision.

Hutt is making her pro debut, but Garbatt hopes to hand Hutt her first loss, and then possibly have a rematch with Nunez.

Stay Tuned!
2008 Brampton Cup
Motor City sent a team to the 2008 Brampton Cup, and finished with 2 gold medals & 3 Silver.

"Cool Hands" Luke Caride won a very close 26-25 decision over fellow Motor City fighter, Evan Gillard. This was the 10th bout for Caride, but it was just the 2nd bout for Gillard, who proved that, with a little more experience, he will definitely be a force to be reckoned with in the Cadet C 39 kg division. Gold medal for Caride, silver for Gillard

Kieran Murphy made short work of his opponent, Robert Jake Rock, of Ajax. Murphy got started right away & the referee eventually stopped the contest in the 1st round to spare the Ajax boxer any further punishment. Gold medal for Murphy.

Kyle "TNT" Wright had no opponent registered at 60 kg, so he moved up a weight class to face long-time rival Martin Halibus. The fight was close for the first two rounds, but Halibus mounted a strong attack in the 3rd round, and Wright was unable to match Halibus with scoring blows. Silver medal for Wright.

Last but not least, super-heavyweight Spencer Rolfe showed much improvement since his last bout, but it wasn't enough, as he lost to Peter Kouzos of the always tough European Boxing Club. Silver medal for Rolfe.

Caride, Gillard, Murphy, & Wright will next travel to the Ontario Winter Games being held March 6-8 in Stayner, Ontario. Joining them will be new comers Shaun Maddox-Vogel & Emily Ottowel.

Stay tuned for results from the Winter Games!
Another opponent pulls out on Lindsay!
Lindsay Garbatt signed a contract to fight Linda "The Sure Thing" Ludwig in Hamilton, Ontario at the Hamilton Convention Centre on March 8th 2008. Unfortunately Ludwig has pulled out of this fight, she is obviously not up to fighting Lindsay!
2 More National Champions For Motor City

OSHAWA -- Johnny Rill wasn't going to be intimidated.
It didn't matter that he was giving up some 40 pounds and a few inches in height to his opponent in Duke Davis. It didn't matter that Davis entered the Junior National Championships with more appearances on that stage than Rill, the Motor City Boxing Club fighter, had wins under his belt.

Nothing was going to get in the way of Rill becoming the junior national champion in the 91-plus kilogram division. Not Davis. Not anyone.

"I was looking forward to it because I've never had a shot at a national championship before and he was last year's best pound-for-pound fighter and a national champion," says Rill of his thoughts prior to the bout in which he won on points, 27-19. "Before the fight I was trying to intimidate him. Staring him down. Following him around and stuff. I was being the bad guy and once I got into the ring, I knew what I had to do. My plan was to triple up on the jabs and give a straight right because the guy doesn't take well to pressure."

Clearly the plan worked, which came as a surprise to many, according to Motor City coach Don Nelson.

"Johnny was a huge underdog in this fight," says Nelson. "Nobody expected him to win the bout and as much as we wanted him to, I can't say we even really thought he was going to win. We hoped he would have a good showing and man he did. He had more than just a good showing. He really took it to Duke."

Nelson says the build up to the fight wasn't quite as impressive as with other bouts on the card due to the lack of depth within the division, but the fact Rill succeeded against all odds, certainly made a statement.

"(Duke) has fallen victim to our club three or four times now and he is starting to fear any time he has to meet someone from Motor City," says Nelson.

However, it appears Davis wants yet another shot, as Rill is slated to be flown out to Nova Scotia for a Feb. 7 bout with him at the Halifax Casino.

"They've asked that Johnny come down for a rematch with Duke. They wanted us to pay the airfare," says Nelson of how the impending fight came about. "But we told them 'hey, we've already beat him, so if you want Johnny come you'll pay for the flight'. So that's what's next."

Beyond that, Rill has his sights set on a possible appearance at the world championships in the fall.

"That's what I've got my eyes on right now," he says.

Rill wasn't the only prized member of Motor City to waltz away from nationals with a championship crown.

Colin Fish, a fighter Nelson believes is regarded as the best junior boxer in the country, annihilated his two competitors en route to capturing the 81kg championship.

Nelson wasn't exactly short on praise for his understudy after the event in which he retired Vincent Trepanier in the second round and did the same to Andrew Stauffer in the first round of their bout.

"Trepanier tried to make a game of it, but it was evident from the opening bell that Colin was going take the guy out," says Nelson. "It was just a matter of when. The guy was out on his feet, but the referee let it go on and I was a little worried. The referee should have stopped it on the eight counts he took."

As for the second fight, Nelson says: "They should have just let us win by walkover so we could have came home a day earlier. It was the second last fight in the whole event, so we had to wait around all day Sunday to have that fight and the guy didn't even last a round."

Boxing Day Before Christmas 2007
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Gold Rush In Windsor
Motor City made the trip to Windsor last Thursday November 8th for the 2008 Open Provincial Championships. Our team of 7 boxers and 3 coaches wanted to prove that Motor City is a force to be reckoned with after having a poor showing at the Arnie Bohem Novice Tournament in October. After 4 days of boxing, a 9-2 record with 3 big wins by way of Knock Out, 5 gold medals, 1 silver medal, 1 bronze medal, and all 7 boxers likely en-route to the National Championships, there is no doubt.

All of our boxers performed well, but there were some real highlights. The first featured Motor City's newest open and relatively inexperienced boxer, Brandon "Bad Boy" Cook who had only 11 bouts going into the Championships. After winning his preliminary bout against a more experienced boxer Brandon faced former Nigerian National Champion Claude Makouaka with 154 fights to his credit in the semi-final. Brandon was boxing well against Makouaka; only down by 4 points when he landed a devastating over hand right followed by a double left hook to the veteran that put him on the canvass unable to get back on his feet at 1:17 of the 1st round. This was a big win for the club and motivated the team for more good things to come.

Next was "Gorgeous" Kyle Matuk, who was in tough, 20 pounds lighter and less experienced, against last years Canadian Champion Edvin Ghahramayan. We were a little concerned about this fight but Kyle put our fears to rest. Kyle didn't hold back and started to throw right at the opening bell. Matuk banged Ghahramayan with what seemed like non stop combinations. About 45 seconds into the first round the ref gave Ghahramayan a standing eight count but let him continue so Kyle patented a new combination that was developed just for this opponent; the "1-2 Roll." He dropped Ghahramayan, who then told the ref he'd had enough of Kyle, so the referee called the fight to save the former champion any further punishment.

We saved the best for last when Frankie "The Thrill" Rill caught veteran super-heavy weight Adnan Shahkaran with a thundering left hook in the 4th round of the 91+kg final. The combination sent the 250 lb Shahkaran thundering to the floor unable to get back up for several minutes. Shahkaran has been a top contender and a former champion for over 10 years and he's never been knocked down much less ko'd in all those years. Fortunately Shahkaran was alright after being treated to by the Doctor at ringside. Frankie will now travel to Richmond, BC to fight for the National Title on Nov. 28 - Dec.2, Motor City has also requested that Jerome Gabriel and Brandon Cook also attend the Senior Nationals as Ontario B Team representatives. Kyle Wright, Kyle Matuk, Colin Fish and Johnny Rill will be going to the Cadet/Junior Nationals in Windsor, ON January 24 -27.

Local fight fans will get a chance to see some of these boxers and help support the club on Sunday Dec. 2nd when the club host its annual boxing day before X-mas show at LeSkratch. Doors open at 1pm and the fights start at 2pm. Advance tickets are now on sale at LeSkratch for $10, a $5 savings on the at the door price of $15, there are also 8 ringside tables for 10 available for $200 each this price includes 10 lbs of wings for the table. This show will likely be sold out so get your tickets now.

Here are the official results from the Championships.

Thursday, Nov. 8th
69 Sr Male Prelim. Brandon Cook - Motor City Versus Thomas DaSilva - Sullys = Brandon Cook winner on points 44-30

75 Sr Male Prelim. Jerome Gabriel - Motor City Versus Rene Rivest - Windsor = Jerome Gabriel winner on points 25-24

Friday November 9th
91+ Sr Male Semi Final Frankie Rill - Motor City Versus Shavar Henry - Fighting Alliance = Frankie Rill winner on points 12-9

69 Sr Male Semi Final Brandon Cook - Motor City Versus Claude Makouaka - Gale Kerwin = Brandon Cook winner RSC-H 1st round

Saturday November 10th
57 C Male Semi Final Kyle Wright - Motor City Versus Jacob Rhules - Fighting Alliance = Kyle Wright winner RSC-B 2nd round

91 Jr Male Final Kyle Matuk - Motor City Versus Edvin Ghahramayan - Bigtyme = Kyle Matuk winner RSC-H 1st round

69 Sr Male Final Brandon Cook - Motor City Versus Pedram Maleki - Kombat Arts = Pedram Maleki winner RSC Outscore 2nd round

75 Sr Male Semi Final Jerome Gabriel - Motor City Versus Steve Rolls - Fighting Alliance = Steve Rolls winner on points 22-12

81 Jr Male Final Colin Fish - Motor City Versus Sam Matischuck - Fighting Alliance = Colin fish winner by retirement 1st round

91+ Sr Male Final Frankie Rill - Motor City Versus Adnan Shahkaran - Round One = Frankie Rill winner RSC-H 4th round

Sunday November 11
57 C Male Final Kyle Wright - Motor City Versus Brendan Wafer - Top Glove = Final Kyle Wright winner 32-23

91 + Jr Male Johnny Rill winner by walk over

5 gold, 1 silver, & 1 bronze with all of our open class boxers earning a spot on the provincial team.

Thats how we roll.
Rest in Peace Joe Hajnal
Boxing was Joe Hajnal's passion and although he passed today, those he touched through his involvement in this great sport will remember him forever. Motor City was lucky enough to have had Joe as a coach and friend.

Out of respect for Joe, Motor City created the Joe Hajnal award in 2007. The award will be given out annually to one Motor City Boxer who is not necessarily the best in the club but shows the greatest qualities of a champion in and out of the ring. Joe knew we created this award and that it would be presented every year in his memory. He proudly presented it to Johnny Rill the first recipient in June 2007.

We all know Joe didn't lie down when he found out he had cancer. Instead he decided to stay on his feet and fight those last rounds. Joe you did it; still swinging right to the final bell, we won't remember you sick in bed but like we last saw you just a week before you passed, joining our workout doing more push ups than some of the boxers, coaching fighters and challenging them to give it their all to be the best they could be.

Gods speed Joe!

A memorial for Joe will be held:
When: Sunday September 30, 2007
Where: Hungarian Culture Club, 64 Albion St, Oshawa,ON
Time: 2pm

Contentious Decision for Lethal Lindsay's Pro Debut
The look on coach Don Nelson's face says it all about the Judges decision on "Lethal" Lindsay's pro debut against Rochester's Ela "Bam Bam" Nunez on August 15th at Frontier Field in Rochester. Nelson wasn't the only one in shock when the announcer called the fight a majority decision in favor of Nunez, most of the 2500 plus Americans in attendence stood up and booed while chanting "Canada, Canada". Don't take our word for it read the news reported by Rick Gagliano, Publisher for

No matter what the judges say Lindsay is a winner in the eyes of everyone at Motor City and apparently in the eyes of the fans, who are the ones that count to us. There is no quit in Lindsay, stay tuned for details on her next fight.
Garbatt Preparing For Pro Debut
Motor City's "Lethal" Lindsay Garbatt is currently in training for her long awaited debut in the professional boxing circuit.

She squares off against veteran Ela Nunez of Jamestown, New York. Nunez, a veteran of 5 professional bouts, had a very successful amateur career and currently has a record of 3 wins & 2 losses as a professional. She is presently on a 3 bout winning streak, but that is about to change.

Garbatt knows she is the underdog, but she plans on giving Nunez her first knockout (Nunez has never been stopped as a pro or amateur). Lindsay is currently training twice a day, boxing in the morning, and weights in the afternoon. She has been experiencing personal bests in the weight room, & feels like she is stronger every day.

"Lethal" Lindsay knows that she is fighting in her opponent's back yard, & doesn't plan on falling victim to a hometown decision, which is all too common in the pro boxing game. She has been training for this bout since her last amateur fight in October 2006, where she beat Sweden's national champion, and is now hungrier than ever to get back into the ring.

The card is being called "Fight Night at Frontier" and is being held at Frontier Field in Rochester, New York, on August 15th.

Tickets are available on line at

Motor City Boxing Ends 2007 Season With A Bang!
With boxers fighting in Nova Scotia and Buffalo on the July 1st weekend Motor City wrapped up another successful season. The club was offered two good opportunities to match it's fighters and rather than turn down one to take another the club sent troops to each. Coaches Mike Power & Dan Wright led Frankie Rill, Jerome "Wildcat" Gabriel, Kyle "TNT" Wright and Motor City's newest rising star Luke "Coolhands" Caride to Nova Scotia. While coaches Rory Slater & Don Nelson were off with veterans Colin "Big" Fish & "Klondike" Kyle Matuk to the Nickel City Challenge in Buffalo, NY.

Results from Nova Scotia's first match in Westville on June 29 were:

Kyle Wright vs Steven McGillvary - Kyle gave up 7 pounds, fought hard, & lost a split decision.

Jerome Gabriel vs Joey Best - Jerome redemed a loss from last year in NS and gave Joey a boxing lesson to easily walked a way with a unanimous decision.

Frankie Rill vs Duke Davis (2007 Canadian Champ, Best Pound For Pound Junior Boxer in Canada for 2007) - The fans went home with frowns on their faces as Rill pounded the hometown hero into retirement in the 2nd round when his corner was forced to throw in the towel.

Nova Scotia 2nd matches on June 30th in Middleton results were:

Luke Caride vs Wesley Hardman - Cool Hands prevailed as Luke outboxed the NS boxer who was 6.5 lbs heavier & was throwing bombs all night. Caride won a unanimous decision.

Kyle Wright vs Bobby Harris - Harris was busier, but Wright’s defense seemed almost perfect. Wright’s punches were clean & crisp, but in the end the bout was awarded to Harris in a questionable split decision.

Jerome Gabriel vs Joey Best - Gabriel seemed to take his opponent lightly since he had easily handled him the night before, but Best was eagar to impress his hometown fans & eventually won a split decision.

Frankie Rill vs Duke Davis - Frankie won by walkover when the rematch was cancelled due to injuries sustained by Davis during the previous night match between these two Super-Heavyweights.

In Buffalo at the McKinley Fair Grounds on June 29th:

Kyle Matuk vs Tim Mallory from Niagara Falls, NY - Kyle dominated the match and seemed to have won a decision but the bout was awarded to Mallory in a very questionable 3-2 split.

Colin Fish vs John Beard from Geneva, NY - Colin easily out-boxed the tough, professionally trained Beard to win a majority decision over the American.

June 30th pitted Colin against number two ranked senior US boxer Lionell Thompson - Despite being only 17 Colin pushed the 23 year old American to the brink but lost a very close 4-1 split decision to the American in his home town.

The Motor City Club is now closed for regular training until August 15th, however Motor City's "Lethal" Lindsay Garbatt is in hard training at the club for her long awaited pro debut. The bout is tentatively scheduled for August 15th in Rochester, NY, against Buffalo Boxer Ela "Bam Bam" Nunez in a 4 round 126lbs match. The match has been agreed to by both camps and is currently pending approval by the New York State Athletic Commission.
Motor City Picks Up A Split In Montreal
Motor City Boxers Frankie "The Thrill" Rill & Tyler "Timebomb" Dupont made a trip to Montreal for a show on Saturday June 2nd.

In the first bout of the evening, Dupont made his amateur boxing debut against a more experienced Josue St-Cyr of Montreal. Tyler started strong and finished the first round ahead by 5 points.

The second round was strictly business, as Motor City's newest competitor "went off like a time bomb" & pounded his opponent into submission. After the second 8 count, the hometown boxer told the referee that he'd had enough, and the bout was awarded to Dupont by retirement.

In the main event, Rill, last year's national junior champion faced off against highly-touted hometown favourite Didier Bence, the current Senior Canadian Super-Heavyweight Champion.

The crowd was backing Bence, but Rill wasn't discouraged. He stayed focussed and instantly earned Bence's respect inside the ring. As expected, the scoring was one-sided; Rill was landing plenty of punches, but very few were showing up on the scorecards.

Knowing he was behind at the half-way point of the fight, Rill picked up the pace in round 3. The momentum was shifting and it appeared that the score would have been changing into Rill's favour, when Bence staggered the Motor City Boxer with a thundering right hand.

The referee administered an 8-count and, even though it appeared as if Rill was able to continue, the bout was stopped. As always, safety of the athletes is the number one concern in amateur boxing.

Motor City officials are looking forward to getting a rematch with Bence in the not-so-distant future.

Stay Tuned.

Colin Fish, Jerome Gabriel, & Coach Don Nelson Heading To The Brandenburg Cup
The last leg of Colin "The Big" Fish's battle outside the ring ended quietly this weekend when he was unchallenged for the 81kg Canadian B Team spot up for grabs at the Ken Goff tournament in Regina, Saskatchewan May 11-13. 81 kg Canadian Champion Alexander Beaupre-Tremblay will now step aside as Colin joins Team Canada in Frankfurt Oder, Germany at the 2007 Brandenburg Cup May 22 -28. This prestigious tournament is held annually and is regarded as one of the most competitive tournaments of the year, drawing boxers from the strongest European countries and around the world. The performance of these Junior Boxers at this world class event will determine which ones have a chance of moving up to the senior ranks and taking a run at qualifying for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.

Colin will be joined by fellow Motor City Boxer Jerome Gabriel and coach Don Nelson who was selected to coach Team Canada.

A note of interest; Motor City's Frankie "The Thrill" Rill was the only Canadian Boxer to medal at the 2006 Brandenburg Cup capturing the bronze, Jerome and Colin will be looking to better that with gold this year.

Motor City Boxing
Motor City Records A "Shutout" In Windsor
6 Motor City Boxers travelled to Windsor on the 12th of May to participate in a club show being put on by Border City Boxing Club. It was a very good day for Motor City Team, as we returned to Oshawa undefeated.

First up was Lucas "Cool Hands" Caride, who fought in a rematch against Adam Charlton of the East Windsor boxing club. The 2 met previously in the gold medal round at this year's Ray McGibbon's Gloves tournament in St Catharine's with Caride taking home the gold. Charlton was hungry to get revenge in front of his hometown fans, but he couldn't pull it off, as "Cool Hands" dominated all 3 rounds & walked away with a split decision.

Up next was Kyle "TNT" Wright, who had an exhibition match against Kevin "Bam Bam" Guenette of Windsor. Everyone in attendance soon came to realize why the hometown fighter would not take an open bout with Wright, as TNT easily penetrated Bam Bam's defense and controlled the pace of the entire match.

The 3rd bout saw Colin Fish face last year's Canadian Champ, Steve Franjic, of Orangeville. This was a good tuneup for Fish, who will be travelling to Germany next week, competing in the prestigious "Brandenburg Cup"as a member of Team Canada.

"Dangerous" Johnny Rill faced off against Cameron Depaola of East Windsor in bout number 4. This intense bout saw lots of heavy punches, but Rill easily walked away with a unanimous decision.

In another exhibition bout, Jerome Gabriel squared off against top-ranked American Boxer Domonique Dolton, of Detroit's Kronk Boxing Club. Jerome will also be heading to Germany next week, and his performance in this tune-up bout proved that he deserves to be competing on the international scene.

In the co-main event of the evening, Frankie Rill duked it out with local fighter Don Willis in the Super-Heavyweight category. Rill's ring experience made the difference in this one, as he pounded his way to a unanimous decision. Rill is currently training to regain his Canadian title, and this bout was his first bout back after a 2-month stint away from the gym. He has the potential to go all the way, and should be interesting to watch in the future.

A special thanks to Mills Pontiac who donated a van rental to get the Motor City Team to Windsor for these fights.
Motor City Boxing Club Presents "The Hunger"
Motor City Boxers Bring Home Medals From St Catharine's
Motor City Boxing Club sent two boxers to St. Catharine's this past weekend to compete in the Ray McGibbon's Gloves Tournament.

Saturday afternoon, in the 34kg Cadet "A" Novice division, "Cool Hands" Luke Caride easily defeated Sheldon Wilcox of the Steeltown Boxing Club by a score of 19-11.

In Sunday's gold medal bout, Luke faced off against a tough southpaw by the name of Adam Charlton of the East Windsor Boxing Club. Luke was too sharp for the taller Carlton, defeating him by four points with a score of 31-27 to take home the gold.

Motor City's Decoda Nixon was forced to settle for silver in the 60kg Cadet "C" Novice Division. He fought for gold on Saturday evening, but was outscored Artem Atadzhanyan of the European Boxing Club.

Congratulations are extended to both boxers for their efforts in St Catharine's.