The "Ramsay Boys"

The “Ramsay Boys”

LONDON – Jean Pascal, world champion. David Lemieux, world champion. Eleider Alvarez, world champion. Oscar Rivas, world champion. Artur Beterbiev, world champion.

And on the rise and knocking on the doors of the World Cups, Arslanbek Makhmudov, Christian Mbilli and Erik Bazinyan.

A common name for all these titles. Mark Ramsey.

But it is enough to spend a few days in the clan entourage to realize how much Marc Ramsay is also his team. The boys travel all over the world, Sam in Colombia with Eleider Alvarez, Russ in Las Vegas with Jean Pascal, Luc-Vincent with Mbilli in France…

And we’re not talking about John Scully, a veteran New England coach who comes to lend a hand to Artur Beterbiev and ends up in London with “Ramsay’s Boys.” Nor from Dr. Francis Fontaine who is coming to London this week, from the masseur, and especially from André Kulesza, the doctor of physical education who is a kind of genius in his discipline.

Marc Ramsay is the first to admit it. None of this would be possible without this extraordinarily close team. A team, a bit like Ramsay himself, strong in the head and made up of men with contrasting personalities.

SAM, RUSS AND LUC-VINCENT

The heart is the trio formed by Samuel Décarie, Luc-Vincent Ouellet and Russ Anber.

Marc Ramsay has absolute confidence in them. When he catches him with a big fight in Shawinigan, as was the case on December 16, he does not hesitate to send Décarie and Ouellet to Nantes to supervise and prepare Christian Mbilli. The two share the tasks. Follow-up, cutting weight, Luc-Vincent playing cutman in the corner and Sam Décarie playing trainer between rounds, giving instructions with the same ardor as Marc Ramsay himself.

Luc-Vincent Ouellet had a troubled youth. He is often reserved, almost withdrawn, and his great sensitivity is carefully camouflaged behind his brusque demeanor. He learned a little Russian and often finds the reflection that will make Artur Beterbiev smile.

Sam is the perfect handsome boy. A handsome man, educated like Luc-Vincent, but much more outgoing, he speaks English and Spanish and has the gift of absolute discretion. He works a lot with Marie-Ève ​​Dicaire who is part of the Yvon Michel Group and with the many boxers of Marc Ramsay. Never too many words come out of his mouth.

Laughing, Marc Ramsay says: “Luc-Vincent and Samuel are completely different. Sam, he’s my diplomat. When you go through customs with a boxer, it is always him who drives and answers the questions, ”he says.

Russ Anber is a legend in the world of boxing. He constantly travels to four continents. He is a recognized cutman everywhere and world champions in all categories retain his services. He was still in Manchester last weekend.

Russ is possibly THE cutman in America. It is he who will do the job with Beterbiev on Saturday. Luc-Vincent will wrap the champion’s hands and Sam will take care of the rest of the logistics on fight night.

THE DAMNED COVID

Russ is the owner of the Rival boxing team. He sees his gloves all over the TV. And Luc-Vincent Ouellet is his trusted man in the office. Do you have an idea of ​​the work weeks they can do?

“I have only missed one boxing assignment in my life. The night Artur Beterbiev was cut on a whim by Markus Brown. He was the fucking COVID. I miss one night and it is the fight where I would have had the biggest challenge of my career, ”he said, laughing, yesterday in London.

“I like having a guy with as much experience as Russ on the team. He has seen it all and he has a deep understanding of boxing. And then you never get bored with Russ,” Ramsay emphasizes.

If there is a “boy in Ramsay” who is a little less present than the others, it is André Kulesza. But when we look at the physical perfection of Artur Beterbiev, Christian Mbilli or Arslanbek Makhmudov, we understand that this specialist weighs his weight in gold.

And basically, it’s one for all and all for one.

This week’s is called Artur Beterbiev

Darryl Sutter or the right to be stupid


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File photo, Martin Chevalier

Even in London, Quebecers always find a way to talk a little hockey.

L.-P. will like it. Nephew, head of TVA Sports and the first to ignite the bullshit of Darryl Sutter, the Calgary Flames coach, but Sutter is unanimous in London.

It may not be racist. Maybe he’s just a jerk. A wise man once said that between a conspiracy and bullshit to explain a serious derailment, one should always favor bullshit nine times out of ten.

And I would add that between bullshit and vanity, vanity is probably the most dangerous.

In the case of Jakob Pelletier, I can’t imagine Sutter being conceited. So he was… just an idiot.

The danger is that idiots often cause irreparable damage. Perhaps Jonathan Huberdeau bears his part of the responsibility for the problems that have befallen him with the Flames. But this guy had a 115-point season last year. I can’t wait to talk to his father in Prévost, in the Laurentians.

And during that time, Patrick Roy was riding the bus with the Remparts.

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THE CANADIAN AGAINST THE BLACKHAWKS


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Photo provided by Julie Bertrand

It is in this scenario that Artur Beterbiev will face Anthony Yarde. A beautifully restored building. It was there, in the shadow of Wembley Stadium, that Jacques Demers led the Canadiens against the Chicago Blackhawks in a two-game series in 1992-93. Manon Chouinard was part of the group and Ms. Nicole Corey was in charge of the travel agency. Therefore, not a piastre had been lost.

Jean-François Chabot, who covers boxing on Radio-Canada, described the bouts for TV-Sports, the French counterpart to Screensports.

“Even that in the spring I had Jean Béliveau as an analyst for a period. Mr. Béliveau had come to promote the two games in London with Élise, his wife, and Serge Savard.

I only remember that it had cost a butter.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL AT ALBERT HALL


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Photo provided by Julie Bertrand

London could not accommodate Daniel Lamarre, the vice president of the Cirque du Soleil board and the humble columnist. He returned to Montreal on Saturday night, I arrived on Sunday morning.

But Daniel Lamarre is sitting on another tremendous success.

“We are going to reach close to 280,000 tickets sold. The generally murderous criticism from the London media was eloquent,” says Mr Lamarre.

I checked the journal. Could be Thursday night… could have a bit of two hours… it will depend, you know how life is on the road for the proletariat.

THE BEAUTIFUL SAM: THE OTHER BOY!


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Sam Décarie couldn’t pose with the other Ramsay’s Boys. He has a good reason. It took someone in Montreal to work with Arslanbek Makhmudov, Christian Mbilli and Erik Bazinyan. But Sam has sent me fifteen photos to choose the most beautiful and will land in London on Friday morning. Great job awaits…

A SENTIMENTAL PHOTO


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This is Tower Bridge. This is where Lady Di is said to have secretly said yes to Charles. But it is especially there that Lady Ju accepted my marriage proposal. She had weak legs.


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