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A very sad defeat

A very sad defeat


Boxing is probably the cruellest sport you can find. A 35-year-old young man is immensely proud, he works in the community, he produced in a boxing gala presented on TV in Quebec and in the United States with ESPN+.

And the young man is connected with a right uppercut he never saw coming at 52 seconds and the fight is over. FINISHED. Total knockout.

Yves Ulysse Jr was ducking to avoid a kick when Gabriel Gollaz Valenzuela's right caught him. Ulysses fell like a pocket.

It was perhaps for the last time. Some relatives spoke in barely covered words that Ulysses had lost his passion for boxing. How can you imagine that he's going to want to start digging again to get back to the top?

It's boring for the man. Ben bore.


Athletes don't really change. Aeons ago, before the Internet and widespread satellite television, Tim Raines hosted me at his residence in Sanford in the heart of Florida.

I was preparing a report for a daily newspaper. During the interview, Raines excused himself to answer the phone screwed to the wall. It was his mother.

“Mom is having trouble with her satellite. She can't capture Expos games the way she'd like during training camp,” he explained to me.

Then Raines told me that he had installed a large saucer to hack into the Radio-Canada signal which was broadcasting several Expos games.

“  I want mom to see me play,” Raines said before resuming the interview.

Today I get 3582 TV stations in Florida and Tim Raines wouldn't have to pirate anything. it's to please his mum.

But what hasn't changed is the son-mother bond…


Last night at the casino, the huge Arslanbek Makhmudov came to see me. TVA Sports has presented a documentary The Lion Arslanbek Makhmudov more than twenty times. 

Just to see fans gather around him, we understand that twenty times a couple of thousand, it ends up doing a lot of people.

“I saw the documentary. I did not understand the passages in French, but I followed the story thanks to the images, he told me. But would it be possible to translate the comments into Russian? My mother absolutely wants to understand everything that is said,” Makhmudov asked.

– I will pass on the message, I replied. 

So this morning the message is done. But what struck me was the mother. Arslanbek Makhmudov could have inquired to have a Russian version for Russian television. For his fame. But no, it's for the mom. May his mother be even more proud of her boy.

Same story as Tim Raines' satellite saucer. There's a part of the man who remains a little guy…

And for those who were worried, the message was made in the tank on the way home.


Some fights were hasty, but in the casino, the atmosphere was delicious. It helps when former world champions like Lucian Bute or David Lemieux attend a boxing gala. 

Steven Butler was also in the evening like Simon Kean. Simon looked like a movie star with his sunglasses. 

Lemieux relishes life to the fullest. He wants to stay in the world of boxing, but has not yet found what his path will be.

As for Butler, he is helping his wife to deal with the loss of her brother. He was very calm and followed the fights with his father.

Then there was the knockout of Yves Ulysse Jr…

Retirement for Marie-Ève ​​Dicaire?

According to information obtained from Radio-Canada, Marie-Ève ​​Dicaire would announce her retirement as part of a project with Podium, an independent entity serving the sports of the big house. 

It happens would be around Valentine's Day, which according to Benoît Rioux would be celebrated on February 14 this year.

But the information is nebulous to say the least and on Marie-Ève's side we remain discreet. 

Even Marie-Ève ​​wrote to a colleague that her decision had not yet been made and that when the time came, all the journalists would learn about it at the same time.

So, I am sharing with you the rumor stating that nothing is confirmed. 

We must not forget that Marie-Ève ​​Dicaire is still well ranked on the world stage because of the weakness of the boxing grids. A call from an American promoter could represent a very interesting scholarship and challenge.

We'll see…


There, we are not in the rumor, we are in the projects. My colleague Anthony Marcotte, of BPM Sports, assigned to the description of the boxing fights with Jeff Jeffrey, is a guy from Victoriaville. 

He took steps and began to test the waters so that Eye of The Tiger Management is bringing a boxing gala to Victo over the next few months.

Mayor Antoine Tardif is very open to the idea and according to Marcotte, Victoriaville has a strong boxing tradition. And then, as in Rimouski and Shawinigan, we find a team from the Quebec Major Junior League.

“Not only is it interesting, but, in addition, Victo's team is called the Tigres “, smiled Camille Estephan.

Estephan also aims to present a gala in Rouyn-Noranda with the support of Roger Lavergne, his partner in Shawinigan. 

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