Champs Eastside Boxing Club participated in the Rideau Carleton Racetrack Amateur Boxing Show on Saturday, Oct. 17. Representing Champs was Ontario Light-heavyweight Novice Champion Phil Hoftyzer of Morrisburg; Chad Campeau of Massena, NY; and Mitch Blais of Cornwall. Chad Campeau squared off with Kenny Wiggins of Ottawa in a senior men’s novice heavyweight match. This bout featured fireworks from the opening bell. Wiggins, a muscular 190 lbs., slung plenty of leather. Chad countered well with power shots, hurting his rival near the end of the first round. In the second round, Kenny again came out strong but Chad defended himself well and put his punches together to twice force eight-count stoppages forcing the ref to halt the bout, thus awarding Chad a second-round TKO. Phil Hoftyzer of Morrisburg stepped up in class against Fadi Mohfooz. This was Phil’s eleventh bout in his career and his first as an open-class boxer. Phil faced an opponent who was plenty tough and powerful in Fadi Mohfooz of Ottawa’s famed Beaver Boxing Club. Phil did very well in the first two rounds boxing and countering his powerful-slugging rival. However, in the third and fourth rounds, Phil began slugging with his opponent and chasing, thus running into powerful blows. The fight became a war and it favoured the more experienced Ottawa fighter. Fadi won a four-round judges’ decision in a tough bout. Last but not least, Mitch Blais fought two-time Ontario champion and Canadian silver medallist in Henry Lopez of Ottawa in the evening’s semi-final bout. This was an open men’s welterweight contest and featured punch action from bell to bell as Mitch backed up his more experienced opponent and seemed to outland and outthrow his rival. In the third, Henry Lopez stood his ground more and began countering well, although Mitch kept coming and throwing. In the fourth, both fighters let fly with everything, with Mitch still the aggressor. Henry Lopez was also penalized two points for excessive holding. The decision was close and the judges were split, awarding the bout to hometown favourite Henry Lopez. Coach Jorge Luis was a little frustrated as Mitch followed the battle plan well and had a good performance; however, one must strive to become more skilful and stronger so as to leave no doubts. All in all, Coach Luis was pleased in general with his boxers’ performances. All three boys were matched tough—no easy pickings. We must accept the good with the bad. All three boxers represented Cornwall with pride, honour, respect and dignity. On the pro scene, local pro Quebec Lightweight Champion Tony Luis will box again on Dec. 5 at the Casino de Montreal. Father and coach Jorge Luis hoped Tony would box in October or November but due to scheduling, no suitable opponents were found. However, Tony has been assured to box in December for certain.
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