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2011 Shaw Boxing Evening

Annual boxing bout now in its 26th year  

Media Release #7

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, March 28, 2011 . . .The sound of the boxing bell will once again draw crowds to the Canadian Room at Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York when Shaw Festival Board of Governors Chair Gary M. Comerford and Shaw Festival Boxing Evening Chair Robert C. Olsen welcome the boxing-world elite to the Shaw Boxing Evening on Tuesday, March 29, 2011. Popular CTV-Toronto sports broadcaster Joe Tilley is once again the evening’s Master of Ceremonies.

 The Shaw Boxing Card, organized by Jim Gentle, is as follows:

  •  An opening bout for the Bagnato Cup pitting pro newcomer and Toronto’s own Chukwunonso “Juuko” Okafor (1-0-0) against Taffo Asongwed of Montreal (0-6-5) in a four-round Cruiserweight match-up.
  • An eight-round Light Welterweight second match has former WBO World Light Welterweight Champion De Marcus “Chop Chop” Corley (37-16-1) of Washington, D.C. battling Andres Gorges of Windsor, Ontario (10-0-1).
  •  In the 10-round main event, Rogerio Sapo” Pereira of Salvador, Brazil (16-1-0) defends his North American Boxing Association (NABA) Light Middleweight Championship title against two-time Olympian Canadian Welterweight Adam Trupish of Edmonton, Alberta (8-0-0). Trupish is ranked fifth internationally.  

In attendance for this evening’s matches will be special guest Leon Spinks, former World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association heavyweight champion of the world. Gold medalist winner in the light heavyweight division during the 1976 Summer Olympics, Leon Spinks’ upset win against Muhammad Ali in 1978 is still remembered in boxing circles around the world. 

Twenty-six years ago, Christopher Newton, then Artistic Director of the Shaw Festival, and Allan Slaight, then Board of Governors Chair, hit upon the idea of having a fundraising event built around a sport close to Bernard Shaw’s heart. Shaw was an emerging major literary figure at a time when boxing was a popular gentleman’s sport and Shaw himself was an enthusiastic amateur boxer — a natural fit!

The Shaw Boxing Evening serves as the Shaw Festival’s major annual fundraising event. Believed to be the largest charitable boxing event in the world, the Shaw Boxing Evening has raised $7 million for the annual theatre festival. Not only is this event an excellent fundraiser for the Shaw Festival, which incidentally celebrates its 50th season this year, it also showcases some of North America’s best young fighters. Prominent Canadian fighters who have participated in past years include Willie Casey, LarryRazorSharpe, Neven Pajkic, Stephen Molitor, “Bad” Chad Brisson, Donovan Boucher, Clyde Gray and Moses James.

The Shaw Boxing Evening committee would like to express its thanks to the evening’s sponsors: presenting sponsor Deloitte, raffle sponsor Merit Travel Group, wine sponsor Jackson-Triggs, beer sponsor Creemore Springs, hospitality sponsors Chivas Regal 18 and Wiser’s Canadian Whiskey, gift sponsor Ludwig Financial Recruitment and audio visual partner AVW Telav.


In the spirit of Bernard Shaw, the Shaw Festival provokes the mind and stirs the soul through a theatre experience so compelling that, year after year, ever-broadening groups of artists, audiences and supporters are drawn to our work in Niagara-on-the-Lake and beyond.

Please visit our website at www.shawfest.com/news for other Shaw Festival media releases. For more information, or to download images from our image bank to accompany this release, members of the media may contact:

Odette Yazbeck 
Public Relations Director 
905-468-2153 or 1-800-657-1106 ext. 2222                   

Jenniffer Anand
Public Relations Coordinator
905-468-2153 or 1-800-657-1106 ext. 2224

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