Team Canada Hopes are Golden for Final Bell

By Bob Peters
April 7, 2012

Mary SpencerTeam Canada is going into the final day at the Continental Boxing Championships with three boxers vying for top honours.

Myriam da Silva faces Kimberly Gittens of Barbados in the 69 kg category, while Maude Bergeron faces Franchon Crews of Team USA in the 81 kg category. Current World and Pan American champion Mary Spencer squares off against Amercian Claressa Shields in the 75 kg. category.

A confident Mary Spencer tweeted earlier today just before her weigh in: "Tonight its brains vs brawn and guess who wins?"

Four countries will be represented in the finals. Team USA leads with 7 fighters, Brazil has 5 fighters, Argentina has 4 fighters and the Barbados has 1 boxer in the finals. Team Canada, with a relatively inexperienced squad, has done well to place 3 fighters in the finals.

"I'm delighted with the performance of our boxers, they showed a tremendous amount of skill and heart," said the President of Boxing Canada, Pat Fiacco.


The Championship bouts will take place tonight beginning at 7 p.m. at the NAV CENTER at 1950 Montreal Road.  Tickets are available at the venue for $15.


The schedule of all 10 Championship fights are as follows:

  • Alexandra LOVE (USA) VS Claribel CRUZ (ARG)
  • Marlen ESPARZA (USA) VS Erica MATOS (BRA)
  • Yanina BENAVIDEZ (ARG) VS Clelia COSTA (BRA)
  • Leonela SANCHEZ (ARG) VS Tiara BROWN (USA)
  • Adriana ARAUJO (BRA) VS Dayana SANCHEZ (ARG)
  • Roselaine SILVA (BRA) VS Mikaela MAYER (USA)
  • Kimberly GITTENS (BAR) VS Myriam da SILVA (CAN)
  • Claressa SHIELDS (USA) VS Mary SPENCER (CAN)
  • Maude BERGERON (CAN) VS Franchon CREWS (USA)
  • Erika CABRERA (BRA) VS Victoria PEREZ (USA)

Earlier Action

In earlier action, Canada's Women's National Boxing Team won all four of their bouts on Day 2 of competition.

Mandy Bujold, 51 kg, the reigning Pan American Champion, defeated Zaida Enriquez of Mexico while Melissa Guillemette defeated Jenny Benedict from Barbados and Myriam da Silva defeated Raquel Miller from the USA. Sandra Bizier won against a tough opponent in Queen Underwood from the USA.

On Day 3 semi-final action, Mandy Bujold narrowly lost a hard-fought match against Marlen Esparza from the USA. Esparza and Bujold were the favorites in the 51 kg division. Melissa Guillemette lost against Leonela Sanchez from Argentina. Sandra Bizier lost against Dayana Sanchez from Argentina. Mary Spencer won her second match of the competition against Yanebier Guillen from the Dominican Republic.

The Continental Championships feature a strong field of boxers from the Americas vying for spots to the 2012 London Olympics at the Association Internationale de Boxe Amateure (AIBA) Women's World Championships from May 9-20, 2012 in Qinhuangdao, China. Twenty-four spots in three weight categories will be contested. The 2012 London Olympics will mark the first time female boxers will compete at an Olympic Games.

More Info

Nightly schedules and results can be found at

Photos from the opening night can be found at

CBC story written by Mary Spencer can be found here:

Information on NAV CENTRE can be found at

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