After weeks of trash talk and oddsmaking, Liberal MP Justin Trudeau beat Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau with a TKO in Saturday’s charity boxing match at the Hampton Inn.
Brazeau, in Tory-blue trunks, came out aggressively against the red-clad Trudeau in the first round and managed some solid hits. Trudeau came back in the second and managed to keep his Conservative opponent at arms length and on the ropes until the fight was stopped in the third round.
“He was coming heavy and hard right off the bat, but I also knew that I was going to be able to take anything that he threw at me, and when he did, he emptied himself out, and I just kept going,” said Trudeau, admitting he was nursing a sore jaw. “I’ll be absolutely honest: He hits really, really hard.”
Brazeau, who had threatened before the fight that Trudeau would feel like he’d been “hit 18-wheeled truck when he wakes up on April 1,” was philosophical in defeat.
“Well, Justin said he was going to surprise people, and I guess that’s what happens when you’re a little bit too cocky for fun before the fight,” Brazeau said, “but in any event I know the important thing is we raised a heck of a lot of money for this cause.”
The grudge match between Brazeau and Trudeau was the main event at this year’s Fight For The Cure Gala.
The sold-out event, organizers said, attracted a crowd of over 800 and raised over $230,000 for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. Both politicians also created personal fundraising pages for the fight, collectively scraping up more than $30,000 between them.
They also placed side bets, and as the loser, Senator Brazeau will get his long hair cut short and wear a Liberal jersey for a week.