February 21, 2019 4:19 pm
Updated: February 21, 2019 4:35 pm

New Brunswicker wins boxing gold at Canada Games, 2 Nova Scotians medal

Boxer Isaiah Haya of Quispamsis, N.B., receives his gold medal at the 2019 Canada Games on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019.

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Three Maritime boxers reached the podium at the Canada Games on Wednesday night, with a New Brunswicker taking home gold and a pair of Nova Scotians earning silver and bronze.

Isaiah Haya defeated 2018 national champion Tiago Balteiro from Ontario in the 81 kg title match in Red Deer.

Haya won by way of knockdown, with a final score of 4-1.

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The 17-year-old from Quispamsis, N.B., won his two previous matches over Saskatchewan’s Quinn Neald and British Columbia’s Brayden Hellekson to advance to Wednesday’s title fight.

Haya is the first New Brunswicker to win gold in boxing at the Canada Games since 2007, when Dominic Babineau won in the 51 kg class.

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Nova Scotian boxers Alex Bulgaru and Matthew Ross also reached the podium Wednesday night.

Bulgaru fought his way to the 64 kg title match earlier in the week, but lost to Quebec’s Sammy Morisset. The Halifax native had previously defeated Alberta’s Fausto Santoro and Ontario’s Mason Galvao.

In the 69 kg class, New Waterford’s Matthew Ross won bronze by defeating Dylan Clark of B.C., with all five judges declaring Ross the winner.

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Haya was the first New Brunswicker to take home a medal at this year’s Games. Nova Scotia currently has three medals, with the province’s men’s gymnastics team earning bronze in the artistic team event.

The Canada Games in Red Deer run until March 3.

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