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Date of Birth: 08/06/70
Place of Birth: Niagara Falls, ON
Hometown: Niagara Falls, ON
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 140 lbs
Years on National Team: 13
  A veteran of nearly 300 bouts at the amateur level Mike Strange has mastered the art of scoring and preventing points. That was evident at the recent Olympic qualification tournament in Mexico when he allowed only three points in three matches. It was a great performance after the disappointment of not making the Pan Am team in 1999.

  "I'm more of a counter puncher," said Strange, an 11-time national champion. "Basically I block the punches and wait for the other guy to get tired. I pretty well train that way. In the computerized scoring system defense is huge."

  The Sydney Games will be his third Olympics-a Canadian boxing record. He returns after a disappointing end in the quarter final at the 1996 Games to complete some unfinished business: win a medal.

  "I had planned to retire after Atlanta but that bad decision didn't sit well with me," he said. "The only thing missing from my amateur career is an Olympic medal. I hope to solve that this year."

  Strange, who owns and operates a bar in Niagara Falls, has never been attracted to the darker professional side of boxing. He may hang up the gloves after Sydney.

  "The first thing is that professional boxing is dangerous," said Strange. "There's no helmet, the gloves are smaller and your brain cells take a beating. Going from amateur to pro is basically going from a sport to a business. I like amateur boxing and representing my country and travelling all over the world."

2000 Games
Sept. 20: Light welterweight (63.5-kg): Mike Strange, Niagara Falls, Ont., lost 9-3 on points to Nurhan Suleymanoglu, Turkey, in opening-round bout.


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A dejected Mike Strange
Sunshine Boy Mike Strange

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