The Gentlemen's Expo | Feature Fighter: Mark Smither

October 15, 2017
Filed Under: Fighter Features, Top Stories


Photo by Virgil Barrow | Mark Smither shows his determination and pure grit as he trains hard with a broken hand during the 2016 National Training Camp.

Photo by Virgil Barrow | Mark Smither shows his determination and pure grit as he trains hard with a broken hand during the 2016 National Training Camp.

The Gentlemen’s Expo | Feature Fighter: Mark Smither

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.

SPONSOR TEAM

Help The Gentlemen’s Expo and the 10 incredible boxers on the fight team raise $10,000.00 by fight night!

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Mark Smither has been a longtime supporter of the Fight To End Cancer.  He fought at our inaugural Fight To End Cancer Gala in 2012, in a bout against Josh O’Reilly.  It was an all-out war, deemed one of the best fights of the year.  Mark started boxing at the age of 13 and decided right then and there, after walking into the Uptown Boxing club, that he was going to become a champion.

“I met my coach Jack Ireland in 2006, and that day changed my life. Uptown Boxing is a family, it’s a way of life”

~ Mark Smither, Friday Night ‘Fights To End Cancer’ Fighter

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Photo: Jack Ireland coached at the innaugural Fight To End Cancer in 2012. He's been an inspiration to hundreds of boxers locally and abroad.

Photo: Jack Ireland coached at the innaugural Fight To End Cancer in 2012.  He’s been an inspiration to hundreds of boxers locally and abroad.

Jack Ireland comes to the gym every day and puts his heart and soul into every single fighter, teaching them not only boxing skills, but building character as well.  He has taken numerous youth off the streets and guided them into becoming respectable and charismatic individuals.  Your race, religion or political views do not matter at Uptown.  Only your character and work ethic do.

“This boxing club is my home and my coach Jack, has guided me into the man that I have become.  Everyone always used to tell me ‘I didn’t have what it takes’, and well…. Jack always used to tell me that I did.”

Mark has fought some of the best amateur fighters in the world, with over 100 fights in the sport of boxing.  He’s won numerous championship Gold medals, and attributes his success to hard work and his coach Jack’s perseverance in guiding him.

Words From Mark

I’ve always been a very passionate person in everything I do.  I am currently trying to become a Police officer and I work hard everyday to achieve this goal.  I graduated from the police foundations program back in 2013 and have been volunteering my time in my community ever since.  I currently volunteer at my boxing club as both a mentor and trainer.  I also volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.  I love helping people and pushing others to achieve their goals.  I am a very outdoors kind of person and I enjoy running, rollerblading and have always been up for an adventure.  I am persistent in everything I do and I believe that’s why I’ve had so much success in the boxing ring – I never give up!

Mark’s Fight To End Cancer

My grandfather, John McBain, passed away from lung cancer when I was just a young boy.  I never got a chance to really meet or I don’t remember him, but from what my family says he was an amazing man.  My whole family was affected by his passing because he was such an inspiring human being.  I wish I was able to meet him, but unfortunately cancer took his life.

I will be fighting in memory of my grandfather, and all the others affected by cancer. The Fight for Cancer means more than just one fight, it’s a representation of everyone standing together and overpowering this horrible disease and bringing support to all whom is affected by it. I am so happy and thrilled to be fighting again in this event and being apart of such a fantastic and meaningful event.

Photo: Mark Smither wins a unanimous decision in fight between Team Canada vs. USA. Mark started boxing at the age of 13, and decided right then and there after walking into the Uptown Boxing club; that he was going to become a champion.

Photo: Mark Smither wins an unanimous decision in a fight between Team Canada vs. USA. Mark started boxing at the age of 13 and decided right then and there, after walking into the Uptown Boxing club, that he was going to become a champion!

Mark’s Notable Achievements:

  • 3x Canadian National Contender
  • 2017 Provincial Champion
  • 5x Provincial Silver Medalist
  • 2x Brampton Cup Champion
  • Ontario Winter Games Gold Medalist
  • Ray McGibbons Gloves Gold Medalist
  • Ahrnie Bohem Championship Gold medalist

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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