Windsor boxer Samir El-Mais wasn't bothered by the cuts and bruises on his face Tuesday night as he was congratulated by friends, family and supporters for his Commonwealth win.
El-Mais brought home Canada's first boxing gold medal, winning the men's heavyweight (91 kg) at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
The boxer defeated David Light of New Zealand in a split decision in the gold medal match.
His coach Josh Canty wasn't able to make the trip himself, but was confident that El-Mais would win gold.
"He is the fastest heavyweight in the world," said Canty. "His hand speed is unbelievable. His sparring partners — Josh Cameron is a middleweight, Andre Georges is a welterweight — are so fast he's got to match their speed all the time in the gym. Through the year, that's really paid off because he's always the fastest fighter in there."
El-Mais said his ultimate goal is to fight for gold at the Olympic Games in 2016