Amateur Boxing Challenge: Participants Examined … by a Vet


Participants in an amateur boxing challenge report security breaches during their training and gala, where a vet specifically provided medical examinations.

Amateur boxers are heartbroken after registering for the Stadaconé Challenge, organized by the Lebourgneuf Boxing Fit club, and its co-owner Denis Perreault, also a coach.

They still can’t believe they saw a vet perform medical examinations on the night of the gala, among other things. One participant also complained that her rival was given gloves twice as light as hers, which she said resulted in a concussion and a black eye.

Julie Brière

After signing up for the $ 1,000 challenge, they believed they would have a “once in a lifetime experience” culminating in a fight in the ring six months later. To finance this adventure, they could sell tickets to their loved ones and sponsors for the fight night to reimburse the entry fees. Shortly after the gala on April 22, however, their speech changed.

The event was not sanctioned by the Quebec Federation of Olympic Boxing (FQBO) as it “does not comply with our regulations in terms of differences in weight, age and experience of fighters,” specifies the organization’s director general, Kenneth Piché.

Lack of supervision

Met by The newspaper, participants believe the sessions mock fight it lacked supervision and “often” occurred unsupervised.

“It has to be highly supervised and we haven’t been so supervised. And Dennis [Perreault] it wasn’t always there, ”says Julie Brière, one of the participants, who says she bought herself a protective helmet for these sessions.

The lack of protective equipment also marked the participants. They report that people suffered injuries during these training sessions.

“Some have been injured. These are accidents. But if it had been with a more careful control, with our equipment, perhaps this risk would have been reduced ”, explains Mr.myself Brière.

For the FQBO, the policy that affiliated clubs have is to “always have a competent coach supervising two players”.

Julie Brière, Johanne Lefebvre, Brigitte Tremblay, Caroline Rousseau and Chantale Nolet believe that the boxing challenge they participated in should have been better supervised and that the safety of the participants was neglected.


Julie Brière, Johanne Lefebvre, Brigitte Tremblay, Caroline Rousseau and Chantale Nolet believe that the boxing challenge they participated in should have been better supervised and that the safety of the participants was neglected.

“They can’t be left alone. Especially with beginners, the risk of having an accident is much higher,” says Piché. Helmet, mouthguard and gloves are required, he lists.

“They bet on our health”

On the evening of the gala, even some of the boxers were “surprised” to see a veterinarian perform the medical examination. There was also a nurse “who no longer practices, but still teaches”, according to the participants, and the two women had to ensure the good health of the boxers.

“Yes, they played with our health. And the medical examination did not last long. We touched our wrists, looked into each other’s eyes and asked if we were healthy. That’s all ”, protests Johanne Lefebvre, mimicking the gestures made.

Participants then had to sign a consent form, claiming they had undergone a medical examination. This practice has made many of them “uncomfortable”, specifies Mmand Brière, since it was not “a real medical examination”.

“Our friends and family are there. If we don’t sign, we don’t box. With the pressure he signs and hopefully it is correct, underlines Brigitte Tremblay on her part, who on April 22 also wore gloves. She didn’t care [de notre sécurité]. “

The latter had two broken ribs during simulated combat training. “Denis [Perreault] he promised me that I would fight with armor to cushion the blows. On the evening of the gala, she told me there was no armor, ”says the woman, whose rival had been forbidden to hit the body.

While unable to comment on “what others are doing”, the FQBO DG still considers it “peculiar” that an animal health professional is involved in this medical process.

“It is certain that at the Olympic Boxing Federation of Quebec, the first person to be insured for a competition site is a fully licensed physician. If there isn’t a doctor, there isn’t a boxing gala, ”says Piché.

“Chaotic and lacking”

Speaking, these participants want to warn apprentice boxers that they would be tempted to register. “The organization was chaotic and lacking,” says Mmyself Brière.

Johanne Lefebvre fears that more serious injuries will occur in future events. Another Stadaconé Challenge is scheduled for next December. “What will happen to the next challenge? Eventually something will happen, ”she fears.

“At no time do we put the health of our customers at risk”

Denis Perreault

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Denis Perreault

The owner of the Boxe Fit de Lebourgneuf club and organizer of the Stadaconé Challenge, Denis Perreault, refutes the allegations of lack of safety for the participants and believes that their health was never at stake.

“I have never seen a boxing school with so much care and confidence. […] There are no wounded here, “defends Mr. Perreault. I can’t be more meticulous than that.”

Ensures simulated combat sessions (combat) were carried out “under supervision” and that protective devices were available. “Yes, there is always a box of helmets and a box of gloves. Except yes, sometimes there are training exercises, no helmet, you understand, because there are no blows.

While several participants claim that a veterinarian did medical examinations before the fights, Mr. Perreault replies that it was not his role and that a “nurse” was taking care of it.

However, he changed his mind during the interview, suggesting it was “possible” that the vet “had”. checkedof the participants during the evening.

“An error”

He admits, however, that the coach who gave a boxer much lighter gloves for his fight made “a mistake”. The latter’s rival, Julie Brière, ended the evening with a black eye and reported a concussion (see more text).

“[Il] he wanted to be late and made a mistake. He didn’t do it to hurt, “explains the man who has been organizing boxing events for thirty years, adding that” it had no impact on the fight. “

“It’s an amateur sport, it’s not professional. It doesn’t hit hard, it’s the 45-year-old girls. It makes no difference.”

“Frustrated with having lost”

According to Mr. Perreault, it is because Mr.myself Brière has lost his fight which casts doubt on the desire to preserve the health of the boxers. “She is frustrated that she lost. Before and after the fight, she was in a good mood. After the decision, things changed.

An accusation that Mmyself Brière describes it as “unlikely”, assuring that his testimony serves to highlight “security breaches”.

“In no time do we put our customers’ health at risk”, repeats Denis Perreault. Two paramedics were on site all evening in case of an accident, he said.

His goal, he continues, is to “get the world in shape”, not “put one’s own safety on the line”. “Let’s change life here. People are losing weight and people are becoming healthy. Our gym is safe ”.

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