Canadian boxers ready for Games

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:07 PM ET

Fresh off a training camp in a tiny central Alberta town, Canada's boxing team is anticipating big things at the Commonwealth Games in India next month.

The boxers trained in Lodgepole, Alta., a hamlet of few people (population 300) and even fewer distractions -- the opposite of what they're in for when they arrive in New Delhi on the weekend.

Dewith Frazer, the Toronto-based coach chosen to take the team to the Commonwealth Games, said the boxers were "excited" to work out in Lodgepole because they were able to focus completely on training and resting.

They broke camp this past weekend and will have a few days at home before flying as a group to India on Saturday.

The fighters are lacking in experience, but Daniel Trepanier, high performance director for the national team, believes they will do well at the Games.

"I think we have a good team," he said. "I have high expectations for us in India."

Trepanier isn't worried that only one boxer, Didier Bence is a veteran.

"They are very talented, despite their lack of experience -- best team I've ever worked with in all areas," he said.

Trainer Mark Ramsey agreed, saying, "This national team is one of the best I've ever worked with."

This will be Ramsey's second time at the Commonwealth Games. He was in England for the 2002 event.

"I know how important it is for the development of the boxers," he said.

The Commonwealth Games take place Oct. 5-18.


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