Boxing

Mandy Bujold to defend Pan Am Games boxing title

Canadian boxer Mandy Bujold will have a chance to defend her title at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. Bujold was one of 10 boxers named to Canada's Pan Am team on Sunday.

1st women's champion one of 10 boxers named to Canadian team

Canada's Mandy Bujold, right, who earned a Pan Am Games boxing gold four years ago in Guadalajara, Mexico, is back on the 10-person Canadian team for 2015. (Arnulfo Franco/The Associated Press)

Canadian boxer Mandy Bujold will have a chance to defend her title at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.

Bujold was one of 10 boxers named to Canada's Pan Am team on Sunday.

The 51-kilogram fighter, along with Montreal's Ariane Fortin in the 75-kg category, gives Canada a solid shot at a medal in women's boxing.

Bujold won the first-ever women's boxing gold medal for Canada at the 2011 Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. It was the first year women's boxing was included at the Games.

"To have the opportunity to compete on home soil for such a major Games is very exciting," Bujold said in a statement. "The Pan Am Games in 2011 was one of the best experiences of my career and I am looking forward to creating lasting memories at these Games as well.

"We have a very strong team going into these Games and I am confident we will make Canada proud this summer."

Montreal's Caroline Veyre (60 kg) rounds out the women's team.

The men's team will consist of: Arthur Biyarslanov, Toronto (64 kg); Clovis Drolet, Quebec City (75 kg); Samir El Mais, Windsor, Ont. (91 kg); Sasan Haghighat-Joo, Coquitlam, B.C. (69 kg); Simon Kean, Trois-Rivieres, Que. (91+ kg); Kenny Lally, Prince George, B.C., (56 kg); and P.G. Tondo, Toronto (49 kg).

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