Published On: 26th February 2016
Gordy Racette, a Nanaimo legend, pictured here with George Chuvalo

Gordy Racette, a Nanaimo legend, pictured here with George Chuvalo

February 26th 2016, Nanaimo, BC

This time last year – former Nanaimo Heavyweight – Gordy Racette was gearing up to etch his name in to the history books. In his early 60s, Racette was undeterred by the obvious obstacles he faced and was training hard towards a professional bout with Sandy Pembroke at the inaugural ‘Rumble at the Rink’. That bout was set to make him the first man in Canada to compete in five decades. Only the third man worldwide, behind ring legends Saoul Mamby and the great Roberto Duran.

It was to be an incredible achievement until, at the eleventh hour, the bout was scuppered due to a pre-fight medical that ultimately raised too much concern. “It was tough for me to take so I cannot imagine how upset and frustrated that Gordy will have been,” said promoter Terry Strawson “it would have been truly wonderful to see him make history, but in my eyes he did. He was in his boots and robe, gloved up and ready to fight and he took the disappointment on the chin and addressed the fans in attendance. He’s a special man.”

Racette, who lives in Nanaimo, is also heavily involved in charity work and that – coupled with his notoriety as a fighter – has helped form this new partnership with Gloved Up Promotions. “We wanted to work with Gordy again somehow. The people of Nanaimo really responded to, and supported, Gordy and I was so impressed by him as a man personally. We hope he can help us promote boxing to people young and old, up and down the island, and we can help him continue to do his great charity work,” said Strawson.

Racette’s new role with Gloved Up Promotions is simply a platform to influence more people with his positive and passionate approach to life, and boxing. When asked for a quote regarding his appointment as ambassador, Racette had the perfect response. “If you stop chasing your dreams, they will die. You may not be able to do everything no one can, but you can do something. All you need to do is try.”

Throughout his career, Racette has been a tremendous spokesperson for Organ Donation in B.C and you can find all of the information about his work on his website www.gordyracette.com. You can also learn more at www.transplant.bc.ca and there will be a booth for you to meet Gordy Racette at “Rumble at the Rink II’ on Friday May 13th 2016 at Frank Crane Arena, Nanaimo, BC.

Ticket information will be announced shortly.