1984 CANADIAN SENIOR BOXING CHAMPION: By Brian Zelley
Getting the names of the senior champions of 1984 is easy to
find, but what is a little more difficult is finding out how
each one made it into the finals and who they defeated to be
named Canadian Championm.
Those under the microscope of interest include:
Steve Beaupre, Billy Dunlop, Dale Walters, Steve Pagendam,
Sylvain Thibeault, Denis Lambert, Kelly Perlette, Lawrence Rolfe,
Rick Duff, Wayne Welsh, Wade Parsons and Lennox Lewis.
Of the 12 boxers, four were members of Team A:
Beaupre, Dunlop, Walters, and Lambert.
The three Team B members were Pagenam, Thibault and Lewis.
thr others were from the Provincial championships and box-off
action" Kelly Perlette and Rick Duff form Alberta
Rolfe and Welsh from British Columbia and Parsons from Nova Scotia.
Steve would face the winner of the Andre Charlebois
and John Farinacci bout. In the finals Beaupre earned
a unanimous decision over Charlebois to once again we a star.
Billy would have to earn a win over Gaetan leclerc of Quebec to
face Ontario's Rick Ranelli in the finals of which Billy won.
BC's Dale Walter would win a decision over Robert Fortuna of Ontario
before facing Daniel Paul of Quebec before facing. Paul defeated
B. Mitchell of Manitoba.
Pagendam would have to win over three boxers to earn the featherweight
championship. And, that he did with victories over T Haney, Stephen Nolan,
and Darren Kinequon of Saskatchewan.
Like Steve, Sylvain needed three victories to call himself 1984
Canadian champion. He earned victries over l Blain, Brad Hortie
and Greg Gayle had defeated three opponents before facing
Sylvain for the title. Greg earned a decision over John Kalbhenn,
stopped Tom Barron then struggled to win a split decision over
BC's William Lake star Roger Laflamme. Roger had earned
a split decision over the tough George Mason of the Yukon.
lambert earned victories over J. Dupe, Joe Pendry and Peter Britt
to be declared champion. Of importance was the semi-final with
Britt was injury related, so Peter Britt would bounce back to engage
in subsequent Box-off competition.
An interesting welterweight competition with Kelly stopping
two opponents to get into the finals to compete against
National A team Wayne Gordon. Gordon had earned
victories over STeve Frame and B. Leger. At the end of
three active rounds in the finals, Kelly earned a 4:1 split
over Nova Scotia's Gordon.
STEVE FRAME, OTTAWA BOXER
SUPER HEAVYWEIGHT FINAL
it was guaranteed to be an excellent fight after
LENNOX LEWIS and VERNON LINKLATER punched and boxed
their way into the finals. After three action packed rounds
it was young Lennox Lewis that would win the decision as the
first step in his Olymnpic Games journey.