The Gentlemen’s Expo | Feature Fighter: Kassandra O'Reilly

October 19, 2017
Filed Under: Fighter Features, Top Stories


Photo Credit: Virgil Barrow | Kassandra O'Reilly is stepping back into the ring as an official Fight To End Cancer fighter for the second time. In 2012, Kassandra and her brother Josh O'Reilly both fought in the inaugural Fight To End Cancer gala.

Photo Credit: Virgil Barrow | Kassandra O’Reilly is stepping back into the ring as an official Fight To End Cancer fighter for the second time.  Kassandra and her brother, Josh O’Reilly, both fought in the inaugural Fight To End Cancer gala, in 2012.

The Gentlemen’s Expo | Feature Fighter: Kassandra O’Reilly

Event Date: Friday November 24, 2017
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The Gentlemen’s Expo brings you the absolute best in gentlemanly content, retailers, brands and experiences, every year!  It’s the most fun you will have all year… while still being in public.  We will be hosting sanctioned Olympic boxing matches to celebrate the biggest year yet, for the first time ever.  The event proceeds will benefit the Fight To End Cancer, so you can enjoy a true gentleman’s sport, while raising funds for an incredible cause.

The Friday Night ‘Fights To End Cancer’ will feature Canada’s top boxers.  Fighters in and outside of the ring, the line-up will showcase athletes literally fighting to end cancer.

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There have been more than 60 fighters who have fought in the event since its inception in 2011 and each and every one of them hold a special place in the FTEC family.  It’s hard to believe that it’s been over been 5 years since the inaugural FTEC Gala and we’ll never forget where we first started and the very first fighters who decided to lace up gloves for this big fight!

Kassandra and her brother Josh O'Reilly both fought in the inaugural Fight To End Cancer Annual Gala.

Kassandra and her brother Josh O’Reilly both fought in the inaugural Fight To End Cancer Annual Gala.

Kassandra O’ Reilly and her twin brother Josh were both on the first card of that special night in 2012.

“Is she really going to fight?  Is someone going to actually hit her in the face?”  These questions have consistently trended for the female fighters, since day one.  It has always been extremely important to feature a female bout on the fight card for FTEC Founder, Jennifer Huggins, who explains in her own words:

“Including a female bout in the Fight To End Cancer is an important component of the event.  It’s essential that we create dialogue around women in boxing.  Not only are they raising money to fight cancer, but they are instrumental pieces to the puzzle when it comes to helping people to recognize that boxing is a sport for everyone.”

Kassandra was not only a “real boxer”, but she was the reigning 48kg Provincial Champion.  Kassandra and her opponent, Janaya Khan, were the only female bout of the night, which made their fight even more special. Kassandra wanted to steal the show and impress – and impress she did!  The boxers pushed each other to their limit, as they both landed combinations and implemented their strategies to a tee.  The crowd roared in excitement, as they knew they were witnessing something incredibly special.  Their bout would lay the benchmark for every female bout that would occur at FTEC, for years to come.

We are honoured to be welcoming Kassandra back into the Fight To End Cancer, this time as our Main Event at the Friday Night ‘Fights To End Cancer’.  She will be fighting one of Canada’s top and internationally ranked boxers, Sara Hagighat-Joo.

Boxing was never a sport that crossed her mind growing up, although she always wanted to do everything her twin brother, Josh did.  He started boxing at 14 years old and she remembers saying to him “BOXING! Why boxing?”  Her mom was never keen on letting Josh box, but eventually she gave in and let him try it out.  Josh had his first amateur bout about a year later and it wasn’t until then that Kassandra decided to give it a try.  She was 15 years old when she first started and it was strictly for fitness and to build confidence, or at least that’s what she told her mom, as she knew she never wanted her to compete.

“A few months into boxing, I had my first sparring session which lead to my first fight in Kansas City.  I’m still competing 12 years later… Sorry mom.

Boxing has taken up a large portion of my life and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.  I am very thankful for finding myself in the sport of boxing and for all the wonderful friends I have made throughout the journey. 

~Kassandra O’Reilly, Friday Night ‘Fights To End Cancer’ Fighter

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Words From Kassandra O’Reilly

Steeltown Boxing Club, with head Coach Bob Wilcox, is one of the best gyms to be a part of.  Now, I may be a little bias in regards to my statement, however, Steeltown Boxing Club has always been known for having such a welcoming, family oriented facility.  I am honoured to be representing it.  Bob has created such a great environment for all of his boxers and needless to say, he has built up quite the team of champions.  We support each other, learn from each other and we even get to beat each other up!  The gym becomes your second home, your team becomes your family and the memories we make are forever. 
Boxing is a sport that requires an enormous amount of dedication and training.  It becomes your life when you are with your coach and team on a daily basis, as well as spending weekends travelling from tournament to tournament together.  I appreciate my entire team and I am so fortunate to not only train with them but have them in my life.  Bob is not only my coach but a friend and father figure, to myself and many other boxers in the gym.  He has always been encouraging and pushes all of us to be the best we can.  Bob is supportive and positive in every aspect of my life and he certainly means more to me than he’ll ever know.  Thank you Bob, for all that you have done and continue to do, you truly are the best!
Every person in my life has helped me become who I am as an individual.  My family, friends and most importantly, boxing.  Growing up in a broken family was very difficult as a young teen.  I was lost and left heart broken until I started boxing.  I’m not too sure who I would be today if it wasn’t for boxing.  I gained another family, new adventures and became the confident and strong woman I am today.

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Photo Credit: Rebecca Freeman | The Inaugural Fight To End Cancer in 2012. Kassandra O'Reilly is presented with the Official Fight To End Cancer Title Belt by Chief Official Sonny Wong.

Photo Credit: Rebecca Freeman | The Inaugural Fight To End Cancer in 2012. Kassandra O’Reilly is presented with the Official Fight To End Cancer Title Belt by Chief Official Sonny Wong.

Kassandra’s Fight To End Cancer

Unfortunately, cancer is a disease that touches us all in one way or another.  I know personally how it can affect you, having lost both of my grandparents due to lung cancer.  Sometimes feelings and life style changes caused by cancer can become very overwhelming.  This can leave us feeling sad, anxious, angry or even hopeless.  I believe that awareness is so important for those who are struggling – whether it’s you personally, your friends or family. 
The fight to end cancer means fighting for those who cannot.  I am fighting to support the fighters, admire the survivors and honour the taken.  I would like to personally dedicate my fight to Coach David and Ainsley, who’s wives recently lost their battles, and to Dale and his wife who are currently fighting this horrible disease. 
“We are too positive to be doubtful, too optimistic to be fearful, and too determined to be defeated”

Kassandra’s Notable Achievements

Canadian Gold Medalist (x1) Silver Medalist (x2) Bronze (x3)
Provincial Gold Medalist (x2) Silver Medalist (x3)
Brampton Cup Champion (x2)
Fight to End Cancer 2012 Champion

Event Information

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WHAT: THE GENTLEMEN’S EXPO #TGE2017

WHEN: Friday November 24, 2017 | 7pm – 10pm (fights start at 8pm)

WHERE: Metro Toronto Convention Centre | North Building, 255 Front St West.

TICKETS: Use Promo Code “BOXING” to save $5 per ticket!  Please purchase general admission tickets for Friday November 24 – these will give you access to the fights. Buy Tickets Now


SPONSOR TEAM

Help The Gentlemen’s Expo and the 10 incredible boxers on the fight team raise $10,000 by fight night!


The Gentlemen’s Expo brings you the absolute best in gentlemanly content, retailers, brands and experiences, every year!  It’s the most fun you will have all year… while still being in public.  We will be hosting sanctioned Olympic boxing matches to celebrate the biggest year yet, for the first time ever.  The event proceeds will benefit the Fight To End Cancer, so you can enjoy a true gentleman’s sport, while raising funds for an incredible cause.

The fight card will feature some of Canada’s best boxers holding provincial and national titles.  These fighters may be matched up to put on the ‘fight of the night’, but they are all fighting for one cause!  Our Co-Main and Main Event fights will feature Mark Smither and Kassandra O’Reilly – they both fought on the inaugural Fight To End Cancer card in 2012.  We will be starting the show off with a couple of novice boxers who are up and coming!

We can’t wait to showcase the best of boxing at the Friday Night ‘Fights To End Cancer’.  Huge thank you to The Gentlemen’s Expo (TGE) for joining us in the Fight To End Cancer!  Learn more about what this cause means to TGE2017 Info/Donate Now


Media Contact:
Jennifer Huggins
Executive Director
Phone: +1.416.666.9314
Email Address: jennifer@fighttoendcancer.com

 

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