The Gentlemen’s Expo | Special Guest Coach: Rodolfo Velasquez
Event Date: Friday November 24, 2017
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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.
Help The Gentlemen’s Expo and the 10 incredible boxers on the fight team raise $10,000.00 by fight night!
Canadian Champion and Official Fight To End Cancer (FTEC) Ambassador, Rodolfo Velasquez will be featured in our pre-show events as our special guest coach! He will be volunteering his time and undeniable skills in support of the Fight to End Cancer by running charity boxing lessons as part of the Friday Night Fights ‘To End Cancer’ on November 24.
Rodolfo Velasquez was a small kid with more energy than he or his parents knew how to handle. His father, a Mike Tyson fan, turned to boxing in the hopes that the strenuous activity and mental challenges would be the ticket to finally draining his son’s endless supply of energy. A family friend told him about McGrory’s and so 10-year-old Rodolfo was delivered in the hope that he would be thoroughly exhausted with no intention of ever actually fighting.
Within months Rodolfo had shown himself to be a quick study, picking up technique and skills with relative ease and was in the ring testing his mettle. It wasn’t long before “Latino Heat” was in an actual fight and discovered that not only was he gifted with natural abilities, but he also possessed a granite chin. These became the building stones for what has blossomed into a tremendous amateur boxing career.
His dedication and discipline have resulted in an impressive resume, transforming the high energy kid looking for an outlet into an Olympic hopeful with his eyes focused on the 2020 Games. The 3x Canadian and 3x Golden Gloves Champion is now a member of the Canadian National team, travelling the world proudly representing Canada. In his 14 years in boxing Rodolfo has also racked up 6 Provincial Championships, a silver medal at the Canadian Olympic qualifier, a bronze medal at both the Ringside World Championship and Canada Games, 2 Gold Medals at the Ontario Games and Rodolfo has been named Male Athlete of the Year.
Outside the ring, the humble fighter, works just as hard as an apprentice plumber and is developing his skills as a boxing coach all in preparation for a life beyond the ring. In his precious few moments of down time, Rodolfo will be found spending time with family and friends hiking or playing video games and maybe sneaking the occasional slice of pizza and glass of iced tea.
Despite his clearly demanding schedule, Rodolfo has found time to give back to the community and will be volunteering his time and undeniable skills in support of the Fight to End Cancer by running charity boxing lessons as part of the Friday Night Fights ‘To End Cancer’ on November 24. This event is part of the Gentlemen’s Expo and will feature a number of Olympic hopefuls participating in sanctioned Olympic style bouts.
Use promo code BOXING to receive $5 off tickets (regular ticket price only $25)
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.
WHY: Friday Night Fights ‘To End Cancer’ In Support Of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation
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
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
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