Liberal Member of Parliament Justin Trudeau (L) and Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau fight during their charity boxing match in Ottawa March 31, 2012.
Credits: REUTERS/CHRIS WATTIE
OTTAWA - Justin "Shiny Pony" Trudeau had more than enough Grit on Saturday night to trot out a winner. So much Grit, the fight had to be stopped in the third round after Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau ran out of gas.
The underdog Trudeau used his height and reach advantage to defend a series of wild haymakers by "Senator Soldier" Brazeau, 37, to win a charity boxing match that had a sold-out black-tie crowd on the edge of their seats and panting for more.
Brazeau was clearly not in the shape needed for the fight. He was given three standing eight counts and was warned by the referee to stop holding onto to the ropes for support. It was an ugly loss and the welts he'll wake to Sunday will prove it. He fought like a brawler, and not an amateur where points are awarded for punches.
Trudeau fans screamed "kill him" and shouted "no class" at the end of the match.
Trudeau said afterwards Brazeau hits "really, really hard" but senses he lost steam early.
"He emptied himself out"¦I kept focus on what I needed to do and got back into my rhythm and jab and kept going."
The cruiserweights were the main draw on a card that raised $200,000 for cancer research at the Ottawa Hospital. The three-round bout using Olympic amateur rules was broadcast live on Sun News Network.
Trudeau, 40, was also carrying the extra weight of the death of his grandmother. Nicknamed Bubbles, Kathleen Sinclair died Thursday at age 92 in B.C.
Trudeau's mother Margaret was in tears and gave her son an emotional hug before the match. MPs, senators, municipal politicians and heavy hitters in the business community joined 800 fight lovers at the Brawl on the Rideau.
Brazeau's loss means he'll be sporting a different look sometime Monday when he fulfills a side bet to cut his hair and wear a Liberal jersey as a reminder that he failed to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.