Canada's Prospects, Eh

By Jérémy Thompson


Canada's Prospects, Eh

The summer Olympics does little to remind this great nation of our forgotten sport of boxing. With the lack of public support and Ontario's crippling regulations on sanctioning professional matches, our fighters must relocate south of the border and fight in other peoples backyards to make names for themselves. While the boxing Gods haven't been to good to us the past eight years, we currently have a hotbed of prospects to watch out for.

Steve Molitor (19-0, 6 KOs)  Currently ranked 7th in the world, the Canadian Kid is starting to make some serious noise on the world scene. After cleaning up the Super Bantamweight class in Canada, he went overseas and took on highly-touted Commonwealth champion Nicky Booth in his backyard, dropping him in the first and putting on a boxing clinic for the remainder of the fight. Since then, he has defended his title six times and continues to climb up the ranks, leaving spectators in awe and his lightning-fast reflexes and superior hand speed. Look for this slick southpaw to get a title shot by mid-next year.

Troy Ross (8-0, 4 KOs)  Troy is the only Canadian boxer to be signed with Lou Duva, and for good reason. A southpaw with explosive knockout power in both hands, this two-time Olympian light-heavyweight doesn?t seem to be in a hurry with his boxing career; Troy?s last fight was in January 2003. It seems this full-time fashion designer would rather spend his time behind a sewing machine than a heavy bag, and what a pity for us because this guy has the exciting style to captivate the fans and the talent to go very far in this division. The good news is his next scheduled fight is October 16.

Ian Gardner (16-1, 7 KOs)  Originally from Toronto and now fighting under the tutelage of the legendary Goody Petronelli in Boston, this awkward southpaw is one of the most feared and avoided prospects in the middleweight division. Since losing a highly controversial decision to fellow prospect Peter Manfredo Jr., Ian has been tearing up the scene with 13 straight wins. Look for Ian to fight tough Kuvanych Toygonbayev (23-2) of Uzbekistan September 9 for a spot in the top ten.

Art Binkowski (12-0, 9 KOs)  Exactly what the heavyweight division needs right now: another Polish heavyweight. Since turning pro after his dismal 2000 Olympic display, Art has compiled an impressive 12-0 record (albeit against less-than-stellar opposition). Even though he is a very smart and skilled boxer with the ability to outbox most heavyweights, he would much rather stand and trade power shots, making him one of the most exciting young heavies out there. Look for him against a to-be-determined opponent on October 16 on the same card as Troy Ross.

Chad Brisson (17-2, 10 KOs)  Not the most skilled fighter, he more than makes up for it with his heart, determination and toughness. If you like watching Arturo Gatti, you're gonna love this lightweight brawler. Nicknamed "Bad Intentions", he comes to hunt you down and hurt you. Not one for playing around, he is known for his face-first aggressive, take-no-prisoners throwback style that leaves the crowd yearning for more. Look for him to step up in competition next year and get into the top-ten.