Sebastien Hamel passes

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada

It is with a heavy heart and extreme sadness that Fightnews reports the death of welterweight boxer Sebastien Hamel of Montreal. Hamel who had just turned thirty passed away Tuesday night. Not blessed with a promoter, Hamel was the prototypical “have gloves, will travel” fighter who fought across North America against some of the best fighters on both sides of the border.

The fairly pedestrian record of 10-21-1 doesn’t tell the story of Hamel who always came to fight and often made things awkward for heralded prospects trying to make their mark. Half of the young southpaw’s fights were against undefeated opponents including such names as Kenny Galarza, Danny O’Connor and Dierry Jean.

Hamel would often surprise opponents who weren’t fully prepared or underestimated his abilities, he was on the losing side in a majority decision to both Contender alumni Michael Stewart and also to Cortez Bey, on a night he deserved much better.

They weren’t all losses for Hamel though, in 2006 Hamel travelled to Dana Laframboise’s backyard and swept all four rounds and in affect ending the career of the hometown fighter who boasted a win over Miguel Cotto while in the amateurs. The most satisfying and emotional win for Hamel was when he won the Quebec junior-welterweight championship against undefeated Ahmad Cheikho. Losing the first three rounds didn’t deter the fighter who scored a knockdown in the fifth round and swept the final three for a one point victory. There were bigger fights that day, but none that could eclipse the joy of a young Hamel who sank down to his knees in celebration of the improbable victory. Fightnews extends its deepest sympathies to both friends and family.

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