Sometimes lower back in the late 1970s, future Toronto Sun sports creator Steve Buffery and his pal Steve Chalmers had been striking out at a boxing gymnasium in Rexdale, Ont., goofing around in the ring. Suddenly, they had been unceremoniously ordered out.
Nobody desired to look at untalented hacks paw at every different for 3 rounds. But mainly they have been tossed due to the fact a younger kid, who it became stated had heaps of promise, become coming back from Kitchener and the gymnasium’s owner wanted to see what the kid seemed like.
The youngster appeared raw, however immensely gifted. So much so that everyone stopped what they have been doing to look at.
The child became Lennox Lewis, who grew as much as to be an Olympic gold medallist and heavyweight champion of the world.
Buffery grew up a boxing wannabe, however, after becoming a member of the Sun in 1985, he did get to cowl some of Lewis’ largest bouts, as well as prize fights offering Mike Tyson Evander Holyfield, Floyd Mayweather, and Manny Pacquiao.
He turned into there for Mike Tyson’s clash with Evander Holyfield for the heavyweight name on June 28, 1997, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, whilst Tyson bit a part of Holyfield’s ear off.
He became there for most of Shawn O’Sullivan’s seasoned fights and whilst Scarborough’s Willie Featherstone fought Virgil Hill for the arena mild-heavyweight name on Nov. 11, 1988, in Bismarck, N.D. — and when Featherstone fought his arch-rival Roddy MacDonald for the Canadian name in 1986.
After the combat, MacDonald’s father chased Featherstone’s manager, the late Ray Rutter, across the Varsity Arena ring, all the at the same time as Rutter screaming that the senior MacDonald became going to kill him.
Buffery also included boxing at Olympic, Pan Am, and Commonwealth Games.
One memory of the beginner recreation that sticks out was whilst Nova Scotia’s Ray Downey, a bronze medallist on the 1988 Seoul Olympics, fought Hendrik Simangunsong of Indonesia inside the commencing round on the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
Everybody idea Downey turned into a slam dunk for a medal, but after losing a selection, broke down in tears, asking Canadians to forgive him, choking up even the most difficult-boiled of journalists in attendance.
Buffy’s love for boxing came from his father, Norm, who fought as a beginner, and endured whilst he started out covering playing cards within the 1980s at Winchester Public School, a towel’s throw from the Cabbagetown Boxing Club, along with Neil Davidson of the Canadian Press.
For years, Buffery and his Sun colleague Steve Simmons took turns documenting simply all of the global heavyweights identify bouts. The equal for Olympic and Pan Am Games.
The boxing venue became the place to be at major Games due to the fact that’s wherein a few of the quality tales have been.
Now, 34 years after beginning on the Sun, Buffery is being inducted into the Ontario Boxing Hall of Fame alongside most of the fighters who wrote approximately, including Mark Simmons, Remo DiCarlo, Barrington Francis, Asif Dar, Syd Vanderpool, Adam Trupish and his accurate friend Mike Strange, now a Niagara Falls town councillor.