Daranyi wins third straight title

From Mississauga.com:

This past weekend, Mississauga’s Zsolt Daranyi achieved a feat that’s rarely accomplished in the world of amateur boxing, winning three straight Canadian championships.

Daranyi, 16, who trains out of Clancy’s Boxing Academy in the city’s north end, won all three fights at the Canadian Youth Championships in St. Hyacinthe, Quebec.

In the championship final, he defeated Windsor’s Mason Blyth on points (18-3). He started out the tournament with a first-round stoppage against Gabreil Benavent of Nova Scotia and was challenged by Quebec’s Josue St.-Cyr but held on to win on points (17-12).

Daranyi has had difficulty finding fights lately because trainer Chris Johnson says opponents are too afraid to challenge him, but Johnson said his pupil had to show a lot of heart to achieve victory.
“He doesn’t want to lose so he’ll do anything to stop that,” “(St.-Cyr) was a very tough opponent and Zsolt really showed us what he’s made of.”


Clancy’s Boxing Academy is proud to announce that Chris Johnson will be commentating Women’s Boxing coverage, on CTV, for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England.

More details as they become available.


Young fighter strikes fear into opponent

From Mississauga.com:

zsolt-ringside Mississauga’s Zsolt Daranyi is going to the 2012 Youth National Boxing Championships in February, and he didn’t have to lose a drop of sweat or blood to qualify.

That’s because nobody wanted to fight the 152-pound 16-year-old last month at the Ontario Championships in Sarnia. As a result, Daranyi, who boasts a 41-3 amateur record, automatically qualified for the nationals.

“It just goes to show how much he’s feared in this province,” said Daranyi’s trainer, Chris Johnson, of Clancy’s Boxing Academy. “He was technically good a couple of years ago, but now he’s become a powerful kid. It’s not his skill that other boxers are afraid of now, it’s his power. They know they could get hurt.”

The national championships will be held in St. Hyacinthe, Quebec between Feb. 28 and March 3.

A gold at nationals will add to Daranyi’s impressive resume, which includes three provincial championships, a national title and a gold medal at the 2011 Canada Winter Games.

His ultimate goal is Olympic gold, which he could contend for in 2016. Until then, Johnson, a bronze medalist at the 1992 Olympic Games, would like to see his pupil go for gold at the Commonwealth and Pan American Games.

Johnson said Daranyi reminds him of himself when he was a teenager, but he’s more mature as a fighter.

“There was another 16-year-old kid who could (strike so much fear into his opponents) and that was me,” Johnson said, recalling his experience at the 1988 Ontario Winter Games, where he won gold uncontested.

“I see the same trend happening with Zsolt Daranyi and I went on to win an Olympic medal, so that shows that he has all the tools. I’ve just got to clamp down on him and keep him in the gym, away from all the distractions outside.”


Slugfest could be a contender

From Mississauga.com:

Al Bernstein, a veteran with four decades of experience, called the fight between Mississauga-based welterweight Samuel Vargas and Montreal’s Ahmad Cheikho “the most exciting match I’ve seen in the last three years.”

The bout, scheduled for 10 rounds, was won by Vargas, who remains undefeated (8-0-1). The referee stopped the fight after five rounds when he saw that Cheikho (6-4-2) was clearly hurt and couldn’t continue.

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Vargas Victorious over Cheikho

vargas-1 The co-feature turned out to be a war, as predicted, between unbeaten Columbian welterweight Samuel Vargas (8-0-1, 2 KOs) and outspoken Ahmad Cheikho (6-4-2, 5 KOs), who were representing, respectively, Toronto/Ontario and Montreal/Quebec.

In a toe-to-toe, old-fashioned brawl, Vargas and Cheikho went at it from the start. A well placed shot to the liver by Vargas dropped Cheikho in the first round, but Ahmad caught Vargas in the second round, knocking him to the mat face first for the first time in his career. A bloodied Vargas survived the round and a little later, momentum shifted to his favor. In the fourth, Vargas pinned Cheikho on the ropes, blasting away with left hooks to the body, and Ahmad hit the deck once again. Vargas’ all-out assault continued in the fifth round, in which Cheikho was knocked down during the final seconds. He managed to beat the count but failed to answer the bell for the sixth.

“The card as a whole was one of the most exciting I’ve been involved with in a long time,” commented International Boxing Hall of Fame nominee Al Bernstein, who called the action live from ringside. “The main event and co-main event were outstanding. The Sam Vargas-Ahmad Cheikho match is a fight of the year candidate. It was a total slugfest and Vargas came back from the brink of disaster to win.


Vargas vs. Cheikho Co-Feature A Potential War

jpeg TORONTO (Oct. 17, 2011) – The co-feature between unbeaten Columbian welterweight Samuel Vargas (7-0-1, 1 KO) and outspoken Ahmad Cheikho (6-3-2, 5 KOs), despite neither being natives of Canada, perhaps, best illustrates the provincial rivalry theme between Toronto and Quebec for the October 22 show, headlined by the NABA super featherweight title fight pitting Logan Cotton McGuinness and Benoit Gaudet at The Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.

The Oct. 22nd card is being presented by Hennessy Sports, in association with Interbox and United Promotions.

Vargas moved to Mississauga, Ontario from Colombia, while Cheikho came to Montreal from Lebanon. Both boxers take great pride in their homes and plan to push that point when they face each other in the 10-round co-main event.

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Boxing promoters unveil Ontario v, Quebec card

From The Toronto Observer:

ON vs QC Promoters Adam Harris and Don MacDonald are trying to awaken professional boxing in Ontario from its perpetual state of slumber.

Taking their initiative one step at a time, the pair seem confident when discussing their strategy, one they hope will hurdle the major stumbling blocks that have historically smothered the visions of wishful fight planners.

On Wednesday, the two were joined by a crowd of punchers, managers and media members at a Toronto luncheon, promoting the first of what the duo say will be many compelling boxing shows to come in the province.

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Media Luncheon: Molitor-Gauthier

TORONTO (Sept. 12, 2011) — Hennessy Sports will host a media luncheon Wednesday afternoon, September 14 at Real Sports Bar & Grill in Toronto.

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Molitor-Gauthier: November 5

Photo: Durrell Wambolt - www.theboxingexaminer.com_ MONTREAL, August 31st – Much like Lucian Bute, Sebastien Gauthier (21-2-0, 13 KO) will also be facing the biggest test of his career on November 5th at the Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City. The InterBox protégée will step into the ring against former two-time IBF World Champion Steve “The Canadian Kid” Molitor (33-2-0, 12 KO) in a very interesting all-Canadian match-up.

This bout will be presented on the undercard of the Lucian Bute (29-0-0 24 KO) vs. Glen « Road Warrior » Johnson (51-15-2, 35 KO) Main-Event bout where Bute will be defending his International Boxing Federation (IBF) World title defense for a 9th consecutive time.

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From Mississauga.com:

zsolt-ringside Daranyi, 16, said he’s aspired to go to Ringside for the past five years. And when he finally got that opportunity, he made the most of it by defeating Gabriel Garza of New Jersey to win the open boys’ 145-pound title.
But Daranyi wasn’t satisfied with just winning alone.
“My goal wasn’t just to win,” said Daranyi, who boasts an amateur record of 40-3. “My goal was to leave my name there so people would talk about me and I think I did a pretty good job with that.”
Daranyi, who was also invited to train with the Canadian national team in Germany next month, credited his trainer, former Olympian Chris Johnson, for a lot of his success.

Read the full article. Congratulations Zsolt!


Results: 2011 Arnie Boehm Classic

Summarized by Mississauga.com:

Conditions were perfect yesterday for Amateur boxers from across the Greater Toronto Area who took to the ring for the inaugural Arnie Boehm Classic at Clancy’s Boxing Academy.

The tournament is named after the man who trained Mississauga’s Chris Johnson as an amateur fighter. Boehm also trained Olympic gold medalist and former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis.

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