THREE-RIVERS — Defeat an opponent not once, but twice in the space of a few days, this was accomplished Tammara Thibeault, the end of this week in Saskatchewan, during the Ken Goff Memorial Classic, a boxing event annual rallying of the members of the national teams of Canada and the United States.
Thibeault (75 kg), who was the occasion of a return to where it all began for her on the scene of boxing, has disposed of her rival Naomi Graham by unanimous decision, Friday and Sunday.
Boxing Canada had delegated to ten athletes of the national team, of which Thibeault, bronze medallist at the Commonwealth Games a few weeks ago. Mid-way through the process olympic Games of Tokyo, this appointment was important to measure the potential of the athletes who will represent the country in boxing in Japan.
“I’m proud of my fighting. Friday, I dominated, but as it often happens when we know that there is a rematch, it has been able to adjust on Sunday.”
In the second round Sunday, Thibeault has therefore received a headbutt to the nose. She feared a serious injury. “It wasn’t funny, I was coughing up continuing the fight. I was certain my nose was broken, I bled a lot… In the end, I left the ring with two beautiful black eyes, but no more!”
The Shawiniganaise, who trains now in Montreal, played against Regina, one of the members of the first team of Americans. “I knew a little, and yes, it is labelled as being part of the team A. It is very exciting to beat girls like her. Two years of the Olympics, I want to take the habit of boxer and this is what I did this weekend in Regina.”
Because she began her career as a boxer in the capital city of Saskatchewan, at a time when her father Patrick played in the canadian football League, Tammara Thibeault was one of the athletes the most courted for interviews with the various media in the region over the last week. Despite this distraction, which is unusual, it has provided in the arena.
“Communications, I love it! I prefer to interact with people directly rather than via the social networks. For me, this was not a problem and it has allowed me to reconnect with a part of my life. I couldn’t ask for a better scenario!”
Fighter-21-year-old will fight again this summer, in Ireland and Spain, in the framework of competitions minor.