Michael Strange (boxer)

Michael Vincent "Mike" Strange (born August 6, 1970) is a retired boxer from Canada, competing in the light welterweight (< 64 kg) division. He represented his native country at three consecutive Summer Olympics, starting in 1992 in Barcelona, Spain.

Michael Strange
Personal information
Full nameMichael Vincent Strange
Born (1970-08-06) August 6, 1970 (age 49)
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Sport
SportBoxing

Boxing careerEdit

Mike Strange started boxing at the age of 10 and started taking the sport seriously when he saw two of his idols in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles , win two Silver medals for Canada (Willie Dewitt and Shawn O'Sullivan) . Strange's dream was to compete for Canada at the Olympic Games and his dream came true 3 times as he competed in 3 consecutive Summer Olympic Games in 1992,96,and 2000. Strange has had over 350 amateur boxing matches and competed for Canada in over 30 countries around the world including the First Canadian boxer to win 2 Gold Medals at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in 1994 in Victoria B.c and 1998 in Kuala Lumpor , Malaysia . Strange was also the first Canadian boxer to be named the Flag Bearer for Team Canada at the closing ceremonies in Malaysia. Mike was named the "Canadian boxer of the year" in 1996 and in 1998.

To raise money for cancer awareness, Mike Strange started the Box Run. He began running from Thunder Bay, Ontario towards Victoria, British Columbia on April 12, 2012. He ran 81 dys of an average of over 40 km per day finishing his run on July 3, 2012 in Victoria at Mile Zero, 3,149 km later. The Box Run raised over $100,000 dollars for Childhood Cancer Canada.

In 2014, the Box Run became an official registered charity. It is a completely volunteer-based organization focused on raising funds through athletic endeavours.

On May 8, 2014, Strange embarked on another run for childhood cancer. Dubbed the "90 in 90", Strange ran 94 Marathons in 94 days from St. John's Newfoundland to his hometown of Niagara Falls. The run was in honor of 12-year old Matteo Mancini, Strange's inspiration from his first Box Run who lost his battle to cancer on May 8, 2013.

In August 2016, Strange and three teammates set out on the "Box Climb". The troop summited the Breithorn, a mountain peak adjacent to the Matterhorn in Switzerland.

In September 2018, to commemorate Childhood Cancer Awareness month, Strange set out on the Camino de Santiago, an 800km spiritual journey through Spain. Each of the 30 days was dedicated to a child who has fought or is fighting cancer.

To date, the Box Run Charitable Foundation has raised over a quarter of a million dollars. More information can be found at www.boxrun.org.

Amateur resultsEdit

1992 Olympic Games (as a Featherweight)

1994 Commonwealth Games (as a Lightweight)

  • Defeated Emmanuel Clottey (Ghana) 29-3
  • Defeated Irvin Buhlalu (South Africa) 8-7
  • Defeated Hassan Matumla (Tanzania) 11-6
  • Defeated Kalolo Fiaui (New Zealand) 12-2
  • Defeated Martin Renaghan (Ireland) 18-11

1995 Pan American Games (as a Lightweight)

  • Defeated Benjamin Bucio (Mexico) 4-2
  • Defeated Franklin Frias (Dominican Republic) 11-6
  • Lost to Julio González (Cuba) 2-13

1996 Olympic Games (as a Lightweight)

1998 Commonwealth Games (as a Light Welterweight)

  • Defeated Hassan Matumla (Tanzania) 21-7
  • Defeated Kloba Sehloho (Lesotho) 21-1
  • Defeated Davis Mwale (Zambia) 19-1
  • Defeated Gerry Legras (Seychelles) 16-8

2000 Olympic Games (as a Light Welterweight)

PoliticsEdit

In 2014, Strange was elected to Niagara Falls City Council.[1] In July 2017, Strange filed his papers to seek the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario nomination in the 2018 general election, contesting Niagara Falls.[2] Strange was re-elected to Niagara Falls City Council in 2018, and ran as an independent in the riding of Niagara Falls in the 2019 Canadian federal election.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Strange previously owned the "Highland Tap" pub in Niagara Falls, Ontario for 21 years.[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Niagara Falls City Council Members | City of Niagara Falls, Canada - City of Niagara Falls". City of Niagara Falls Website.
  2. ^ http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/2017/11/21/niagara-businessman-seeking-pc-nod-in-falls-riding[dead link]
  3. ^ Média, Bell. "Breaking | Mike Strange announces on CKTB he's running in the federal election". www.iheartradio.ca.

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