On the domestic amateur boxingThe Drummondville Benoît Fleury Fabrice Cormier and literally swept the national amateur boxing competitions in which they took part in Saint-Hyacinthe in recent days.By again showed his exceptional strength of character, Fleury has retained his place in the Canadian Amateur Boxing team won the selection trials in mid-fly weight (49 kg). To do this, the indefatigable 20-year-old boxer had to beat Canadian champion Jonathan Quinis once but twice, a feat he has managed to achieve so brilliantly. In the wake of a resounding victory by the score of 13-3, Fleury has become Manitoba 7-2 on his opponent on Friday night.
"I was shooting from behind 2-0 after the first two rounds, but I opened the machine to the third, even causing a count of the referee," Fleury told L'Express.
Recall that last month, Quin Fleury had stripped the Canadian title he held for two years by beating him 5-2 at the end of a controversial decision of the judges at the Canadian Senior Championship held in Quebec.
"He'd stolen my place: I had rage in his heart. I had no choice, so I gave everything I had in my stomach, "said Fleury.
* The Cormier Drummondville Fabrice is the new Canadian champion in 57 kg juvenile.
* Benoit Fleury
Earlier in the week, the carrier's colors Boxing Club Performance of Three Rivers defeated Ontarian Noram Lachance by referee stoppage in the third round. The former bronze medalist at the Francophone Games now presents a record of 25-12-2 in the amateur ranks.
Remaining member of the Canadian Amateur Boxing team, Benoit Fleury keeps his chances of being selected to participate in the Pan American Championship and the World Championship of Amateur Boxing, a competition that will serve as qualification for the 2012 Olympic Games . It could also participate in a training camp in Colombia over the next few weeks.
"It's definitely a great year ahead for me," acknowledged Benoit Fleury, who dreams of defending the colors of the maple leaf in London in summer 2012.
Cormier crowned Canadian Champion
For its part, Fabrice Cormier won the gold medal in the 57 kg at the Canadian Juvenile Championship, held also in G Maskoutain weekend. The talented 15 year old, who trains in Performance Club of Three Rivers, had been established favorite in this category after having won silver medals in the past two years.
"He'd stolen my place: I had rage in his heart." - Benoît Fleury
In the finals, Saturday, Cormier won the Saskatchewan Logan Clouthier by the score of 5-2. The day before, in the semifinals, he dominated the Albertan Brandon Peterson 11-3, a gain that followed a 6-5 victory over the Ontarian John Grose in raising the curtain.
"I followed the advice of my coach (Jimmy Boisvert) to the letter, which allowed me to succeed. I was very disciplined and worked hard in training over the past few months, "commented the new Canadian champion, who now has a 14-12-1 record in the amateurs.
Boxing fans in the region will soon have the opportunity to see Cormier and Fleury in action since the club wants to organize a gala performance in Drummondville in the coming months.