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GA Bzdel sparring Clay Dumais

Paul Bzdel sparring with Clay Dumais. Photo credit: George Alexander.

George A Portrait thumbnailAt Last Championship Boxing is coming to Saskatchewan. It’s taken a very long time but the wheels are in motion for the first homegrown professional card here in Saskatoon on February 27th. Promoter Dennis Page has promised an action-packed night with seven fights on the slate, including two title bouts.

Two local Aboriginal scrappers will be making their pro debuts on home soil that very night. Brothers Matt and Clay Dumais of Mistawasis First Nation enter the ring with plenty of amateur boxing success on their resume. Matt Dumais, now 31, was a very acclaimed amateur with some 70 bouts under his belt. Matt’s garnered several titles including the Golden Gloves, North American Indigenous and his most prized, Ringside International title in won in Kansas City. He’s competed provincially, nationally and internationally as well.

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Matt Dumais and Luc Pivin working the pads. Photo credit: George Alexander.

Matt is very excited to make his pro debut at home next Saturday. He’s turning the page after a couple of losses fighting down in L.A. in 2013. Now competing in the middleweight division, Matt looks to dismantle Kelly Paige out of Manitoba who he once defeated as an amateur. Matt looks to be in great shape heading into the contest and has put behind some previous bad lifestyle choices. Boxing has been his refuge through tough times and will be his beacon in working towards a Canadian title.

Clay Dumais, 35, is the elder statesman in the Dumais brothers stable. Clay’s had limited amateur experience but owns a nifty 6-1 record. Just six months ago, the single dad outta P.A. weighed 250 pounds. He’s now a svelte 183 and in prime fighting shape. Clay’s battled some demons along the way too. He sees boxing as a guiding light to overall success both in and out of the ring. Clay will tangle with Ken Huber from British Columbia.GA At Last Championship Boxing Feb 27 2016

Renowned trainer, Luc Pivin has worked very hard to get the boys in shape and ready for the big stage next Saturday. It will be a night to remember for local fight fans. Saskatoon’s own Paul Bzdel takes to ring in the main event versus Shakeel Phinn of Montreal for the Canadian Super Middleweight Title. Paul’s hoping the third time will be the charm as wants to win the belt in front of a boisterous home crowd. You can get your tickets at the Prairieland Park doors or through Page Sports Promotion. It’s big time for the Toon! I’ll see you there.

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