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2011 NEWS


August 20 , 2011

Border City Boxing Club Brings Home Two Championships

Border City Boxing Club had two boxers in the finals today at the Ringside World Championships in Kansas City, MO. and they brought home two championship belts. Josh Cameron defeated former Canadian Champion Brandt Butt of Winnipeg, MB while Sammy El-Mais defeated Detroit Kronk's Jake Sahlaney. Both boxers had to win three bouts in three days in order to claim the championship belt.

El-Mais will compete in the Men's World Boxing Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan from September 22 - October 10, 2011. Sammy is the two-time Heavyweight Canadian Champion.

July 16, 2011

Gorges drops Majority Decision to Mensah

Last night in Illinois, "Gorgeous" Andre Gorges went toe-to-toe for 12 rounds with Ghana's Albert "Tornado" for the IBF International Light-Welterweight Title. Unfortunately, two of the three judges gave the decision to the Ghanan, while third judge called the bout a draw. Gorges, who had his nose re-broken in the third round by a headbutt, falls to 11-2 with the loss.


July 4, 2011

Gorges fights for IBF International Light-Welterweight Title

On July 15, 2011, in Chicago, Illinois, "Gorgeous" Andre Gorges will fight Ghana's Albert "Tornado" Mensah for the IBF International Light-Welterweight Title.

Gorges (11-1) is the current NABF Welterweight Champion who looks to move to his natural Light-Welterweight weightclass to face Mensah (23-3), the current World Professional Boxing Federation Light-Welterweight and WBA Pan African Light-Welterweight Champion.

The winner of the bout will earn a shot at the winner of the July 23 bout between IBF Light Welterweight World Champion Zab Judah and challenger Amir Khan.


June 24 , 2011

Cameron Wins in Italy

Last night in Rome, Josh Cameron defeated Italy's Genardo Servadei by unanimous decision. Although Servadei was much larger, Cameron used experience and speed to upset the hometown fighter. Cameron fights again on Saturday, just outside of Rome.


June 11, 2011

Hunter and El-Sinawi Victorious

Tonight in Sarnia, Ontario, Border City Veteran, Alison Hunter defeated London's Julie Cybulski by unanimous decision. Also representing Border City was Waseem El-Sinawi, who survived an early eight-count to win by split decision.


May 21 , 2011

Gorges Named WESPY Boxer of the Year

For the third year in a row, The Border City Boxing Club has produced the Male Boxer of the Year award winner at the Windsor Essex County Sports Persons of the Year Awards.

"Goregous" Andre Gorges joins "Sweet" Samir El Mais (2009) and "Jackknife" Josh Cameron (2010) as the winner of the Best Male Boxer of the year for all of Essex County.

Border City also had a record four nominations for both the male and female categories:

Male Category

"Gorgeous" Andre Gorges: "Gorgeous" Andre Gorges had two huge wins over the past year. In October 2010 Gorges upset Detroit favourite Lenardo Tyner in an eight-round North American Boxing Association Welterweight Championship bout at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Billed as the rematch of the 1812 War between Canada and the U.S., Canadian Andre Gorges scored a well-deserved split verdict win in an eight over the much more experienced Lenardo Tyner, now (24-4). Windsorite Gorges (10-1) used height, speed and crafty boxing techniques to thwart Detroit-area favorite Tyner, who lost for the first time in front of his 313-area code partisans. In March 2011, Gorges, NABA Welterweight Champion, defeated former WBO World Champion Demarcus "Chop Chop" Corley in Toronto to rise even higher in the World Title Rankings.

"Sweet" Sammy El Mais: "Sweet" Sammy did it again. The Canadian Heavyweight Champion defeated three challengers from Quebec at the 2010 National Championships in Quebec City. In the quarter-finals, El Mais defeated Steven Harvey by an 11:4 score; in the semi-finals, he defeated Matte Carol by a 15:2 score; and in the final he stopped Jean Donald George with a body shot in the first round. El Mais looks forward to representing Canada internationally again in 2011, and to qualify for the 2012 Olympics in England.

Female Category

Jeannine "Heartless" Garside: Garside captured all of the professional World Titles out there for her to win over the past year. In April 2010, Garside claimed the the vacant WIBA Featherweight Title in Duncan, B.C. Garside knocked out “Lethal” Lindsay Garbatt of Oshawa, Ontario at 1:24 of the 3rd round to win her third World Title. In July 2010, Garside traveled across the Atlantic to battle the highly rated and undefeated champion in Ina Menzer and outfought the German over the course of 10 rounds to win the IBF, WBO, and WBC featherweight titles at the Porche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany. Garside won a unanimous decn over the previously unbeaten Menzer (26-1 10KO’s) and was aggressive throughout the 10 round contest knocking down Menzer in the final round to secure the win. Jeannine "Heartless" Garside - Undisputed World Champion!

Shelby "Lionheart" Bialkowski : 16 year-old Shelby "Lionheart" Bialkowski certainly lived up to her name in Quebec at the National Championships this year. Bialkowski had to come back from a seven point deficit to earn the 57kg Junior Canadian Boxing Title. Bialkowski defeated Quebec's Melika Ben Yedder by countback 28-27. The 2011 Junior NationaBoxing Championships took place in St. Hyacinthe, Quebec. Bialkowski defeated Alberta's Sidban Mangal in semi-final action by a score of 16-10. Bialkowski is now a four time National Champion.


April 17 , 2011

Cameron and El-Sinawi Victorious

On Saturday night, at the Portuguese Club in Harrow, Ontario, "Jackknife" Josh Cameron and Waseem "The Dream" El-Sinawi each scored spilt-decision victories over teammates from the Steeltown Boxing Club in Hamilton. Cameron defeated Jesse Wilcox in the Middleweight Division, while El-Sinawi bested Kevin Higson in the Welterweight division.

Waseem El-Sinawi and Josh Cameron

Gorges fights to victory with broken nose


Andre Gorges could smell victory and he wasn’t going to let a broken nose keep him from sniffing it out.

Gorges won the most important boxing match of his welterweight career Tuesday night in Toronto when he earned an eight-round, split decision against former WBO World Champion DeMarcus Corley at the Royal York Hotel.

Immediately after the fight ended, he told his trainer, Josh Canty of Border City Boxing, that he’d rebroken his nose during a sparring session last week.

“He didn’t want us pulling him out of another fight,” Canty said of Gorges’ decision to keep the injury secret.

A slow healing nose forced Gorges out of a high-profile HBO card at the Pontiac Silverdome in January.

“When you get fights like this you can’t let them go,” Gorges said of the opportunity against Corley. “I knew it was broken but I thought we’re going to fight no matter what. He hit me one time and broke it even more but when you’re in a fight it doesn’t really hurt all that much.”

The current North American welterweight champion, Gorges is intent on punching his way up the global rankings so he can get a world title shot.

“This fight will definitely move him up the rankings,” Canty said. “Corley was no slouch and he came to fight.”

Prior to this loss, Corley was ranked 87th in the world among active light welterweights with a resume that includes going the distance against former world champions Floyd Mayweather Jr., Zab Judah (No. 5 in the world rankings) and Devon Alexander (No. 3 in the world rankings).

Gorges is the second-ranked welterweight in Canada and 50th in the world.

“Our goal is to move him into 10-round fights against this calibre of opponent, someone who’s either on the rise or been there,” Canty said. “We’re going to keep inching up there until he’s in a position to challenge for a world title.”

Gorges took a 10-1 record into the ring against Corley’s 37-16-1 mark as a professional.

“He caught me in the first round, he was showing me I didn’t belong in the ring but I weathered the storm,” Gorges said.

Corley’s blow left Gorges with a blurry left eye so he kept manouvering his opponent to the right for a better look.

“It was a tough fight,” Gorges said. “He wanted to go toe-to-toe but I was boxing. My right hand was working and my jabs. I didn’t let him get off on me.”

The 25-year-old native of Iraq hopes victory accelerates his path to title contention.

“It’s a big stepping stone,” he said. “Four more fights like that and I might have a shot. Once you get in the top 10 (in the world rankings) that’s when you get a title shot.”


March 25 , 2011

Gorges Faces Dangerous Opponent

"Gorgeous" Andre Gorges will face his most experienced opponent to date in four days at Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Ontario. The North American Welterweight Boxing Champion will square off against Washington D.C.'s DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley in a scheduled 8-round bout. Corley, who has gone the distance with former World Champions Floyd Mayweather Jr., Zab Judah, and Devon Alexander, promises to block Gorges' path to a future World Title shot. If the seasoned southpaw can upset Gorges he will be back in the spotlight for big money fights.


January 23, 2011

Bialkowski Earns Fourth National Title

Shelby "Lionheart" Bialkowski with Team Ontario Coach Bob Wilcox

Shelby "Lionheart" Bialkowski certainly lived up to her name in Quebec at the National Championships this year.

Bialkowski had to come back from a seven point deficit to earn the 57kg Junior Canadian Boxing Title. Bialkowski defeated Quebec's Melika Ben Yedder by countback 28-27. The 2011 Junior National Boxing Championships took place in St. Hyacinthe, Quebec from January 18 - January 22, 2011.

January 21, 2011

Shelby "Lionheart" Bialkowski defeated Alberta's Sidban Mangal in semi-final action on Thursday by a score of 16-10. Bialkowski is competing in the 57kg weight division and was last year's National Champion. This year's Junior Canadian Championships are taking place all week in St. Hyacinthe, Quebec. Shelby will face Quebec's Melika Ben Yedder in the finals on Saturday.


Gorges Forced out of Bout

Broken nose doesn't heal in time for fight at Silverdome

Dave Waddell, Windsor Star

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Talk about your bad breaks.

Windsor boxer Andre Gorges had to pull out of his bout Saturday with Angel Hernandez at the Pontiac Silverdome after his broken nose failed to heal quick enough to allow him to fight.

Gorges was scheduled to be part of the undercard of HBO's broadcast of the world welterweight title unification bout between unbeaten fighters Timothy Bradley and Devon Alexander.

"I'm so upset," said Gorges, who is based out of the Border Cities Boxing Club.

"This was my dream. I'm a fighter and I'll fight no matter what. I'll fight with one arm.

"It's a big moment for me and I feel like I've let a lot people down."

Gorges broke his nose two weeks ago sparring at Detroit's Kronk Gym and it's preventing him from being able to breathe properly.

He originally thought his nose was just swollen after getting popped during training, but a week ago X-rays confirmed the break.

"I've fought for 10 years, 150 amateur fights, 11 pro fights and millions of rounds of sparring and never broken my nose," Gorges said.

"It was a nice shot. Best shot I've ever taken.

"I was kind of moving forward into it too and crack. But we went another four rounds after that because I've never thought it was broken."

Gorges' trainer, Josh Canty, informed promoters Don King and Gary Shaw Tuesday that the 25-year-old wouldn't be able to compete.

Canty forwarded the medical documents and confirmations of the injury to the promoters Tuesday.

"He was sparring last night and he was just exhausted because he can't breathe properly," Canty said. "There's still an obstruction in his nasal passage.

"This is a fight he needs to shine in. You can't fight with your mouth open in boxing."

Canty said the call was ultimately his to make.

"He's not talking to me right now," Canty said.

"It's a big opportunity lost, so close to home too.

"But, at this stage of his career and being only 25, you don't take foolish chances. You've got to look at the big picture and what is best for your fighter."

Canty doesn't feel the withdrawal for legitimate medical reasons will hurt Gorges' standing with promoters.

Gorges' manager Ray Taylor, a Windsor native, has ties with King which helped lead to the fight in the first place.

After being informed Monday of Canty's decision, Gorges admits he's cooled off and supports his trainer's position.

"It was awful in sparring Monday," Gorges said. "As soon as I get hit, the blood clots in my nose start opening up. I start swallowing blood and it was making me nauseous.

"I had to breathe with my open and you can't do that in boxing. It was the right call and I respect Josh for making it.

"We don't want to take chances and ruin my career."

Gorges said he'll use the extra time off to take care of a other minor ailments.

"In another month or two, hopefully we can get another fight scheduled," he said.


January 10, 2011

Gorges Fighting on HBO

North American Welterweight Boxing Champion "Gorgeous" Andre Gorges will be facing off with Angel Hernandez of Gary, Indiana on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan. The bout will be broadcast on HBO at 10:00 p.m. EST. Gorges is currently ranked 14th in the World by the WBA and looks to make a strong statement on his HBO debut. The Main Event features a unification bout in Gorges' weight division between undefeated titleholders Devon Alexander and Timothy Bradley to determine the top candidate for 140-pound supremacy.



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