Hoping for a knock-out punch to the tune of $200,000.00, the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, invited two well known political names to battle out their differences in the ring.
At the sold-out event tonight at the Hampton Inn, Justin Trudeau and Patrick Brazeau put on the gloves and stepped into the ring to help raise money to “Fight For The Cure”.
Opponents Liberal MP Justin Trudeau and Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau have been preparing for the boxing match for months with intensive work-out regimes and trash talk.
Odds before the match were favouring Brazeau, who has a black belt in karate and has served in the Canadian Forces. Trudeau, while having some boxing experience from his childhood, is taller and had a small advantage with his reach. Both men came in at about the weight.
Brazeau came out strong in the opening minute of the first round but not really landing anything or hurting Trudeau at all.
The rest of the fight belonged to Trudeau who turned up the heat and with a flurry of haymakers that threw Brazeau off balance and left him looking a little bewildered.
The referee had to pause the fight twice for standing counts to see if Brazeau was OK, but in the third round, when Trudeau was unleashing a torrent of hits, he finally called the match.
The room went into a frenzy of excitement. After all, Trudeau was not only supposed to lose but also leave the venue injured. An incredible turn of events to be sure.
But in the end, it is the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation that wins. At the end of the evening, the final tally came in at $230,000.00.