It's not just professional boxing that's healthy in Montreal. Amateur boxing too.
Nine Quebeckers won gold last weekend at the Canadian Championships in Victoria, BC. Of the lot, four come from the same club: Boxing Montreal. This is unheard of!
TVA Sports journalist Nancy Audet met these four champions: Sara Kali, Christopher Bernier, Junior Petanqui and Camille Goyer. See his report in the video above.
Happiness is at the rendezvous at Boxe Montreal. And with reason!
"This victory represents all the efforts I put into the gym and all the sacrifices I made," said Kali, who won a ninth Canadian title.
Her success impresses her great friend Kim Clavel, a professional boxer from Eye of the Tiger Management.
"I'm so proud of her," Clavel said. I cried watching his final fight. Being a nine-time Canadian champion is quite a feat! "
For Bernier, this gold medal could not have come at a better time. One who holds a master's degree in international relations dreams at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
"It's an important year because it's an Olympic year. This is the year to win. "
For his part, Petanqui was still on a cloud, a few days after his return to Quebec.
"It's a big dream come true. I've been boxing for four years and I'm dreaming of becoming a Canadian champion. Over the years, it has become a goal. "
The victory of perseverance
As for Goyer, the word "perseverance" represents it well. After two unsuccessful attempts, she finally got her hands on the gold.
She must, she says, a proud candle to her coach, Danielle Bouchard.
"The problem was not talent or physical abilities, but rather the mind and self-confidence," she said. We worked a lot on that. "
"It proved to me that I'm still able to get someone to win a gold medal through hard work and perseverance," said Goyer coach.
Jean Pascal, who attended the same gym, congratulated these four boxers by offering them a scholarship.
Boxing Montreal now has seven members of the national team. An impressive figure.