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Jul 21, 2015  |  Vote 0    0

Canada’s Amanda Bujold advances to gold-medal bout in women’s boxing

Bujold earns split decision win over Colombia’s Ingrid Lorena Valencia Victoria in the women’s fly division semifinal

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Oshawa, Kazakhstan, Rio.

For Canada’s triple boxing threat of Mandy Bujold, Caroline Veyre and Ariane Fortin, those three cities represent the boxing journey they must take to wind up in the women’s Olympic competition next summer in Rio.

Right now, it’s Oshawa and the Pan Am Games, and so far, the results were strong after the quarter-final bouts Tuesday night at the Oshawa Sports Centre.

“I felt good, better than (Monday, her first fight), and it was good to get this win here with everyone (family and crowd),” said Bujold following her split decision semifinal win over Colombia’s Ingrid Lorena Valencia Victoria in the women’s fly division.

While the Pan Am Games are not part of the qualification process for the Rio Olympics, Bujold needs these bouts to sharpen her craft and spring her toward some unfinished business with the Olympics.

The defending Pan Am gold medallist from 2011, Bujold seemed destined for the London Games in 2012 until she derailed in the world championships in frustrating fashion.

The 27-year-old Toronto resident was stopped in the first round of the world tournament by North Korea’s Kim Hye-song. That loss essentially bumped the consistently top-10 world ranked Bujold from competing in London, the first Olympics to host women’s boxing.

That storyline remains fresh in Oshawa, and in Bujold’s mind as well as coach Adrian Teodorescu; she’s the nine-time Canadian champion in her weight class, and with over a decade in boxing her dream is to compete in the Olympics, where she should be among the favourites to medal.

“That’s what forced me to make big changes in my career,” said Bujold, who relocated full time to Toronto from Kitchener to train with Teodorescu at the Atlas Gym.

“I was winning, but not on the world stage and I wanted more. I moved to Toronto and got a full-time coach . . . I believed in myself.”

Bujold will now face American and top-seeded Marlen Esparza for the gold this weekend.

“I’m excited — I’ve been preparing for this fight,” Bujold said, adding that she remains close with Veyre and Fortin, and that the three are also trying to open doors to the future for women boxers in Canada.

“They are from Montreal (Veyre and Fortin) and I’m in Toronto, but we always text each other and help each other with different strategies. Canada definitely has a strong program in women’s boxing and we’re showing that women are capable, not just men.”

Split decisions were a theme in the women’s competition Tuesday night, with Veyre winning one half of the women’s light division semifinal in a split decision over Mirquin Sena of the Dominican Republic.

And in the final bout of the night, Fortin lost by a split decision to Yenebier Guillen Benitez of the Dominican.

Toronto Star

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