Many spectators who gathered in the Colisée Béton department in Matane on Saturday night were stunned by the boxing extravaganza that was reopened after being forced to close for two years due to the pandemic.
For this big comeback, boxing fans fought 13 fights, each as exciting as the next. The public witnessed high-level fights against hungry boxers.
It all started with the youngest match between Nicolas Simard of Matane Boxing Club and Matthew Dubé of Rivière-du-Loup. The crowd favorite performed well, but the judges still awarded the victory to Louperivois at the end of the competition.
Subsequently, young Alexis Garon from Rimouski was visibly surprised by his opponent Hendrik Dionne, who forced his opponent out of the race after a round of brawls.
In the third bout, Gabriel Caron of Matane Boxing Club was voted majority by the judges over Victor Dionne of Rivière-du-Loup.
The next match is between Mostafa Filali and Guillaume Bérubé from Chicoutimi. In a rather defensive bout, the Quebec boxer prevailed over his Saguenay opponent by a unanimous decision of the referees.
In the fifth game, Rimouski’s Israel Talbot won by a unanimous decision over Marc-Alexander Bouchard of Gran Gaspe.
In the 200-pound seniors, Jessy Leclerc technically knocked out opponent Brian Bernier after one of the most intense fights of the night. The two boxers engaged in a thrilling bout, with punches and kicks ensuing at a frantic pace, to the delight of the public.
The only women’s boxing match of the night was local boxer Julie Dion against Saras Cantland of Quebec Imperial College. Matanaise shouldn’t be ashamed of her performance in Game 1, where she played until the end of the three-round regular season. However, she had to bow by the unanimous decision of the judges.
Among the 185-pound seniors, Seamus O’Brien of New Brunswick defended himself well against Timothé Lanctôt of Rivière-du-Loup who ultimately won by a unanimous decision of the judges.
Alexandre Morin then put on his most convincing performance by defeating his opponent Benoît Corriveau in the first round that the referee deemed fit to end the hostilities. The public was served by Maureen’s explosive style, who managed to destabilize his opponents, hitting the target with a repetitive but very effective technique almost every time.
Among seniors weighing 200 pounds and over, Pierre-Olivier Tanguay of Sept-Îles Lady Era Boxing Club defeated Rimouskier Yannick Leduc. It was the referee who blew the end of the hostilities.
Another Matanais in the game Saturday night was Therry Caron. The boxer fought Moïse Einish Desterres hard to the end. While the match could have gone either way, the judges ruled by a split decision awarding the victory to De Stres.
In the semi-final, Gabriel de Schnes defeated his opponent Yannick Berenger (Club de boxe du Grand-Gaspé) by a unanimous decision of the judges, with strong support from the audience.
In the finale, Dominic Gendelon returned to the ring with a victory in his final boxing event in Matane. However, after a tough game, he had to concede victory to his opponent, veteran Laverdie. The judge ruled in a split 29-28.
To make the evening even more exciting, rapper duo Carl Normand and Jessy James had the pleasure of presenting three of their compositions in front of an audience for the first time. The two accomplices put on solid performances, were very comfortable on stage, and were clearly happy to share their songs with the hundreds of people who were there.
At the end of the night, organizer Sebastian Talbot warmly thanked the public who once again responded to Matane’s return to boxing.