February 23 to March 10, 2021 ribbon Canada Winter Games 2007
Passion, Courage, Determination Highlight Boxing Finale
2007, March 10th:
A standing room only crowd of 800 spectators were treated to a feast of gold medal bouts at FH Collins Secondary School Friday night as boxing capped off a week of thrilling action.

Among the most dramatic match-ups, Manitoba’s Dominic Babineau squeezed in just one more scoring punch than BC’s Kenny Lally to take gold in the 51 kg division, while in the 57 kg division a “countback” of scoring punches was required after the final round to break a tie between Steve Wilcox of Ontario and gold medalist Kenny Lamoureaux of Quebec.

Several divisions were dominated by athletes who are clearly the class of their field and who carry the hopes of a proud boxing nation as we look towards the Summer Olympic Games of 2008. In the 64 kg division it was top 10 world-ranked and two time national champion Jerome Gabriel stopping each of his opponents before the final round during his march to the gold medal.

In the 91 kg division, only former Yukoner Kyle David Michal Matuk could go the distance with eventual gold medalist Simon Keane from Quebec as Keane consistently overwhelmed his opponents with his size, speed and power.

In one of the most stirring storylines of the boxing competition, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Mponda Kalunga’s CWG journey ended in silver after he was stopped by gold medalist Josh Cameron of Ontario in the third round of the 64 kg final.

Considering the challenges Kalunga faced along his path toward the Games, including six years spent in a refugee camp in Tanzania after being displaced from his Egyptian birthplace, one has the feeling that losing the gold medal bout will be but a minor set-back for this determined athlete who lists “becoming the best not just in Canada but in the world” among his goals.