The Gentlemen’s Expo | Feature Fighter: Sara Haghighat-joo

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

Photo: Sara , between rounds, receives some words of wisdom from her coach Stevie Bailey

Photo: Sara Haghighat-joo, between rounds, receives some words of wisdom from her coach Stevie Bailey

The Gentlemen’s Expo | Feature Fighter: Sara Haghighat-joo

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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Sara Haghighat-joo

  • 23 years old
  • Fighting Since 2011
  • 78 amateur fights
  • Current 54kg National Champion
  • Ranked #1 in Canada and #2 in the Pan Americas
  • Tied at #18 in the World AIBA Rankings
  • Originally from Coquitlam, BC
  • Current home town Guelph, Ontario

23 year old Sara Haghightat-joo found her way into boxing at the age of 16.  She decided to join a boxing gym and give an individual sport a try, when she was sick and tired of high school team sports.  She fell absolutely in love with it after a short few months and began to spar.  It wasn’t long before she had her first fight at the BC Golden Gloves.  She won both as a youth and in the senior division.  She has grown to love boxing more and more each day since then, and can’t think of anything better to do with her time.

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In 2014, Sara moved half way across the country from Coquitlam, BC to Guelph, Ontario to train with her coach Stevie Bailey.

In 2014, Sara moved half way across the country from Coquitlam, BC to Guelph, Ontario to train with her coach Stevie Bailey.

Sara moved half way across the country from Coquitlam, BC to Guelph, Ontario, to train with Stevie Bailey in 2014.  He is a coach originally from Galway, Ireland and has been in Canada since 2012.  She has worked with him since the summer of 2014 and he continues to develop her skills.  Together they have gained quite a bit of success.

“My coach means a lot to me as he continues to believe in me and no matter what hiccups we’ve encountered in the past he always helps me push past them”

Sara Haghightat-joo, Friday Night ‘Fights To End Cancer’

Sara finished 2 years of her undergrad in Human Kinetics.  Right now school – she transferred from UBC to University of Guelph – is currently on hold so that she can focus full time on boxing.  She is travelling with Team Canada, gaining as much experience as possible, to pursue the Olympics in the near future.

Sara’s nationality is Iranian, born into a Persian family and she is fluent in Farsi.  Part time she works at Movati Athletic Club which allows her to stay busy in the fitness industry, in her free time.

Sara represented Canada at the AMBC Continental Championships in Honduras earlier this year, bringing home second place on the international stage.

Sara represented Canada at the AMBC Continental Championships in Honduras earlier this year, bringing home second place.

This year Sara has kept incredibly busy travelling the world, representing Canada on the international stage. She traveled to Sweden, where she won at one of the worlds biggest female competitions and won best technical boxer.  She represented Canada at the Continental Championships, in Honduras, where she placed second in the tournament.  She took part in an international training camp in Ireland and in Bulgaria participated in an all Females AIBA Tournament.

There’s nothing stopping her, with her sights on Tokyo 2020!

Sara’s Fight To End Cancer

I didn’t know my grandfather too well, but I did see my mother suffer from her father’s passing, due to cancer.  It was very hard to see her go through such pain.  I also saw legendary coach Adrian Teodorescu suffer from lymphoma last year in the hospital and it left me feeling very hopeless.  It’s sad to see someone just fade away in front of your eyes and not be able to do anything for them.  Fight to End Cancer, to me, means that we continue to have this opportunity, to contribute to finding a cure.  I believe that as technology and research evolves, we will find a cure to beat this disease, and no longer allow it to leave our families and friends in pain.

Sara’s Notable Acheviements

  • 2017 Canadian National Champion & Best Female Boxer
  • 2017 Silver Medalist at the Continental Championships
  • 2017 Golden Girl Champion & Best Technical Boxer
  • 2016 Ontario Provincial Champion
  • 2016 Imperium Cup Champion
  • 2016 Buffalo Golden Gloves Champion
  • 2016 Canadian National Silver Medalist
  • 2016 Brampton Cup Champion
  • 2015 Ontario Bronze Gloves Champion
  • 2015 Ontario Golden Gloves Champion
  • 2015 Ontario Silver Gloves Champion
  • 2015 Brampton Cup Champion
  • 2015 Canadian National Silver Medalist
  • 2014 Canadian National Golden Gloves Champion
  • 2014 Canadian National Silver Medalist
  • 2013 Alberta Golden Gloves Champion
  • 2013 Canadian National Golden Gloves Champion
  • 2013 BC Provincial 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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