Since the age of five Mark Simmons has dreamed about competing at the
Olympic Games and a broken left hand wasn't going to deny him his
opportunity. That was the case at the Olympic trials in Mexico as the
four-time Canadian heavyweight champion defeated a Brazilian fighter in the
final despite the injury.
Simmons is a technically sound boxer who is tight defensively and can
counter punch effectively. His first major triumph was at the 1998
Commonwealth Games where he won the gold medal. At the 1999 Pan Ams, again
suffering from a hand injury, he took the silver losing to a Cuban in the
He is in his last year at York University in kinesiology and health
sciences and also works part time for the Liquor Commission Board of
Ontario. He was ranked sixth in the world after reaching the quarter finals
at the 1997 world championships. He lost there to multiple world champion
Felix Savon of Cuba, regarded by many as the world's greatest boxer,
amateur or professional.
His brother Paul Simmons is also an outstanding athlete and scholar. He
rows competitively for Oxford University in London where he is completing
his PhD in metallurgical and materials science.
Heavyweight (91-kg): Mark Simmons, Toronto, lost 16-1 on points to Sebastien Kober, Germany, in quarter-final bout.
Heavyweight (91-kg): Mark Simmons, Toronto, def. Rohoulah Houseini, 11-6 on points in opening-round bout.
Kober sends a left to Canada's Simmons
Canada's Mark Simmons
Sunshine Boy Mark Simmons
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