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Brampton Cup provides an excellent forum for Top Glove Boxing talent
2024-02-11

The Brampton Cup is the largest and longest-running amateur Olympic style boxing tournament in the country.

There is no way that the Top Glove Boxing Academy were going to miss out.

Taking a contingent of five boxers to the event and adding a couple more out-of-towners who fought under the local club colours, coaches Gord Apolloni and Johnny Dempster were thankful for the experience that one and all garnered at the event - with a little mix of success on the side.

After advancing to the provincial final in October of the Novice C Junior Division, Gavin MacIsaac (60kg) was back in action once again, earning a victory over Kyle Clanor (King of the Ring - Brampton), stopping his opponent in the third round.

The win propelled MacIsaac into the final on Saturday, facing the familiar adversary that is Xander Williams (Bluewater Boxing Club - Sarnia).

Unfortunately, despite a valliant effort, MacIsaac is still looking for his first win against this tough young boxer, settling for silver after dropping a unanimous decision.

Fighting in the 71kg Novice Youth class, Jadyn Lewis matched the podium finish of his teammate, also stopping his foe (Alexandru Costea - The Whip Boxing Academy - Waterloo) in the third round but falling to Samia Ghobadi (Cheriki Boxing - Richmond Hill) in a split decision.

Taking part in a pair of make-up bouts, Darryl Savoie finished with a win and a loss, beating Owen Okkema (KAYO Boxing Club - Chatham) but losing to Sehajveer Deol (King of the Ring).

Taking part in their first ever formal competition, Josh Guignard (Novice - Men - 92+) and Riley Davidson (Novice - Youth - 67kg) both fell short against Ryan Wright (Bushido Boxing - London) and Bobby Haynes (St Catharines Boxing Club) respectively, with both learning a great deal and earning plenty of praise from their coaches.

Working with another pair of fighters with whom he had previous connections, Apolloni was in the corner of Shon Vivier (Novice Men - 63.5kg) as he took care of business against Micha Bartolo (Kent Athletic Youth Organization - Chatham) and Roman Shapovalov (Siberia Boxing Club - North York) before meeting Bashir Mirzaie (Cheriki Academy) in the gold medal affair and earning a unanimous decision.

Meanwhile, pitted against United Kingdom native Liam Daley, who now boxes with the Brandon Boxing Club in Manitoba, Lockerby Composite product Brian Derro (Novice - Men - 57kg) left everything he had in the ring, defeated in round three of his fight.

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