It was one of the gutsiest performances in recent Canadian boxing history.
Don Orr despite a broken right thumb defeated Jerson Ravelo of the
Dominican Republic in the semifinal at the first Olympic trials in Tampa to
earn a berth for the Sydney Games
The thumb had swelled to about three times its normal size after he injured
it in his previous bout, in which he rallied to win after trailing by four
points with 30 seconds left. Following the competition in Tampa he
underwent successful surgery.
Orr began boxing at his father's club in Victoria at age eight and entered
his first bout-which he lost-at 12. At 19, he took two years off to work
in the oil fields in Alberta before resuming his career again. Earlier
this year at the Canadian boxoffs in Halifax he defeated national champion
Cody Kelly twice to knock him off the Canadian team.
"He's noted for is his quick left jab and left hook," said Don Orr Sr., a
former western Canadian champion. "He can pull off a triple left jab with
good authority. He has more of a professional style but he's been able to
adapt to the computer scoring."
Middleweight (75-kg): Lost first-round match to Jitender Kumar, Indonesia, referee stopped contest, 1:59 of third round.
Canada's Donald Orr in action
Don Orr at the Canadian flag-raising ceremony
Don Orr of Canada misses a punch
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