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Friday, May. 24, 2019
Sudbury boxer earns bronze on first trip to nationals
by Randy Pascal

The dream of a national championship title will have to wait another twelve months for local boxer Brett Huard. Sill, he did not return home from his first trip to nationals empty-handed.

Competing in the light welterweight (64 kg) youth division of the Canadian Boxing Championships in Edmonton over the weekend, the Valley East Boxing Club representative would finish with a record of 1-1.

One day after earning a split decision over Dylan Clark of British Columbia, Huard would find himself eliminated in the semi-finals at the hands of another Western Canadian opponent.

Manitoban Nathan Bell chalked up a unanimous decision over Huard (30-25, 29-27, 30-27), advancing to face Dereck Pomerleau of Quebec, with a Canadian crown on the line. For his part, Huard was awarded a bronze medal, cracking the top four of his grouping of nine boxers.

For Huard, who only picked up the sport some two years ago, the visit represented his first trip to nationals, but not likely his last, given his impressive progress to date in the ring.

Huard is coached by the trio of Peter Yannacoureas, Bill Ranelli and former World Junior champion Mike Stewart. Yannacoureas was quick to note the local support that his boxer received from their cross-town rivals.

Both Aden Djama and Bruno Desrochers of the Top Glove Boxing Academy have taken time to spar with the up and coming your talent, as did VEBC teammates Brayden Henri and Mason Sivret, in preparation for nationals.

In 2017, Huard captured gold medals at both the Silver Gloves and Bronze Gloves events, as well as returning home with a silver medal from the Ontario Championships.

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