Moreover, the lone women’s boxing bout won the best of the night and it was dedicated to pioneer, mover and shaker, former national champ, coach, and executive director of Beaver Boxing gym in Ottawa, Jill Perry, who couldn’t be present because she is fighting cancer in a Montreal hospital.
Driving eight hours each way –from Brooklyn, NY to Ottawa, Canada, to see them is more than rewarding…remember the Olympics at the ExCel arena when officials measured the decibels and said it was their highest and loudest? Women boxers don’t play around, they step into the ring for war.
Last night at the fundraising event for the Boys & Girls club of Ottawa where Olympic Gold medalist Claressa Shields and 2-time World Champion Ariane Fortin were the highlight of the night, Michael “The Jinx” Spinks, who was one of the special guest and whom I was watching out of the corner of my eye while I managed to take pictures, was so pumped that he couldn’t do anything else but stand on his 56-year-old Missouri Olympic Gold legs and lead the ovation for the women boxers. After the bout he went into the ring and embraced both of them. He knows what life demands when you devote yourself to boxing.
The bout was split decision in favor of Claressa Shields, who definitely wasn’t on her 100% after finishing high school, prom-party, visiting colleges and family endeavors, but her unique physique and boxing skills gave her the win.
Canadian Ariane Fortin, who has recently come back full time to training, wasn’t either in her pick.
The two boxers will have a rematch in a month at Shield’s hometown in Michigan, and perhaps we’ll see them in their total potential.