For the third time this year, Leïla Beaudoin is preparing to fight a fight. It is literally the happiness found for the boxer, who thought of dropping her sport when the bad news accumulated, last year.
Beaudoin (5-0-0, 1 KO) will face Frenchwoman Amel Anouar (2-2-1, 0 KO) as part of the Eye of the Tiger National Day gala Management, tonight at the Casino de Montreal.
If the pugilist who lives in Quebec is delighted with this other opportunity to put on the gloves, it is because before the current beautiful days, she experienced the crossing of the desert. Not for lack of will, but because of the long months of preparation ruined by the withdrawal of adversaries.
“I experienced a canceled fight on 45 minutes notice. On September 23 last year, I was also supposed to fight at the Videotron Center, at home, then the fight was canceled a week before because my opponent had a health problem.
“Since I was born I have rough. I’ve always been very resilient, but there, I couldn’t stand boxing anymore. I came very close to stopping everything, ”she said as her duel approached.
In addition to disappointments related to withdrawals, Leïla Beaudoin also saw her coach at the time leave her corner. In short, nothing to encourage him to pursue his passion.
“I have no embarrassment to say it, I went back to see my psychologist. I had the feeling that as soon as life smiled at me, it then sent me a test.
“I think we have to normalize that, the fact that a woman or a man can need help. My shrink was able to put words on what I felt and led me to get rid of my beliefs, ”she said.
In addition to psychological support, the 26-year-old boxer has reconnected with the coach who had supported her during her first two professional fights, Émilien Boucher-Johnston.
“I’ve worked with him since the fall and I’m so grateful to have him by my side. We have an excellent bond and he is very dedicated. It’s been several months now that I feel good, ”said the one who can also count on Samuel Décarie, who joined his team.
Always the sacred fire
Beaudoin believes that her next rival will allow her to continue to evolve, she who presents a different style from her previous opponents.
“I still dream of being world champion and to see the world, you have to see something other than Mexico! She is a boxer who has good defensive qualities and a good counter-attack. She’ll wait for me to move to place her right hand, but I’m quick on my feints. My style lends itself well to this type of boxer, but I don’t want to project myself too much. Things don’t always go the way you think in the ring,” she warned.