Mark Simmons (boxer)

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Mark Simmons
Personal information
Nationality Canadian
Born (1974-05-23) 23 May 1974 (age 40)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 91 kg (201 lb)
Sport
Sport Boxing
Rated at Heavyweight

Mark Simmons (born May 23, 1974) from Toronto, Ontario is a retired Canadian heavyweight boxer who represented Canada at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.[1] He was also a five-time Canadian National Champion, recording 201 wins in 231 recorded bouts.

Simmons first began training at the Toronto Newsboys Boxing Club in Toronto, Ontario in 1979. He was a member of the Canadian National Boxing Team from 1993 to 2000. In 1996, Simmons was the Canadian Olympic alternate in the 91 kg weight division to David Defiagbon[2] 91 kg (1996 Atlanta, Olympics, Silver medalist). In 1995, Simmons won the Detroit Golden Gloves in the 91 kg Heavyweight division when Canadians were still allowed to compete at the US Golden Glove Championships He would then represent Detroit competing at the 1995 National Golden Gloves in Lowell, Mass winning his first two bouts, losing in the quarter-finals. His first major International tournament was the 1997 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, where he defeated Macedonia via a first round knock out, then winning a decision over USA's (Davaryll Willimson),[3] and losing a 5 round 14-10 decision to Cuba's three time Olympic Gold medalist (92', 96', 00'), Félix Savón, who was highly regarded as one of the world's greatest boxers, giving him an AIBA[4] ranking of 5th in the world. In 1997, Simmons would win a Silver medal at the Francophone Games in Antananarivo, Madagascar[5] with a first round knock out over Madagascar in the first fight, a second round decision victory over France and a 14-15 loss to Cameroon in the final. At the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Simmons won the Gold medal in the 91 kg heavyweight division with victories over Ghana, Wales, and the Seychelles. At the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Simmons defeated Jamaica in the quarter-finals, USA in the semi-final, and lost to Odlanier Solis[6] of Cuba in the final by a 4-2 score in the taking home the silver medal, despite boxing with a broken hand.[7]

Simmons had qualified a place under the 91 kg heavyweight division at the 2000 Olympic Qualification tournament in Tijuana, Mexico with victories over Venezuela, Jamaica, Puerto Rico. At the 2000 Summer Olympics Simmons defeated Iran's Rouhollah Hosseini in the round of 16 by a score of 11–6 suffering a broken hand in this bout. Simmons would then lose the guaranteed Bronze medal match to Germany's Sebastian Köber in the quarterfinal by a score of 16–1.[7]

Simmons was a kinesiology and health sciences major at York University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2000. Simmons has many movie credits to his name including the 2005 movie Cinderella Man, working along his fellow Canadian team and room mate Troy Amos-Ross, playing the role of heavyweight boxer Art Lasky. After retiring from boxing and never turning profession despite numerous offers, Simmons has worked as a pharmaceutical sales representative.

In 2011, Simmons was also hired by the Ontario Athletic Commission and has worked as a professional boxing referee and MMA equipment official.[8]

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