I was sitting in the farthest corner of Marc Ramsay's gymnasium. At the very bottom. Sitting on a sweaty bench. Simon Kean had caught his breath there a few minutes earlier.
There, just a few meters away, Mary Spencer was going there for an extreme warm-up session. Tall, thin, elegant despite her thigh-high boots and soaked t-shirt.
In front of me, seated on the edge of the ring, a little nonchalant since he was not the star of the day, Arslanbek Makhmudov was fiddling with a pair of gloves.
Steven Butler had given a brilliant demonstration of his fitness by making mittens with his father. Butler celebrated his 27th birthday last week. It reminds us that he already has a world championship fight behind the tie and that he still has three years ahead of him before he turns 30. He has the right to all hopes.
Here, Mr. Mayor chatting with Virginie Assaly, the general manager of Eye of the Tiger Management. Denis Coderre eats microphone on the radio in the morning at 91.9 and he eats boxing at noon. It helps a diet.
20 YEARS EARLIER
Makhmudov, Christian Mbilli, a Frenchman from Cameroon, Mary Spencer, a beautiful big Native, the other day it was Artur Beterbiev and Oscar Rivas, before it was Eleider Alvarez or Lucian Bute and Adrian Diaconu. Without forgetting Leonard Dorin or the Haitians Joachim Alcine, Jean Pascal and Adonis Stevenson, three world champions. No wonder Denis Coderre, former federal immigration minister, felt radiant.
I was in the area and without being too aware of it, I started thinking about Lydie Larouche.
She was almost always there when Stéphane Ouellet was training. She looked at him with loving eyes without saying a word.
Then, I saw her with her two children come to encourage Ouellet when he entered the ring to face Dave Hilton.
You probably know the story. This beautiful young woman disappeared on October 27, 2004 after a few years of separation from the father of her children. She left Quebec without a credit or debit card and was never seen again.
BONES IN SACRÉ-CŒUR
C' is Dominique de la Sablonnière, long time the matchmakergalas by Yvon Michel, who wrote to me at 6 a.m. yesterday morning. I answered him and he called me back. He told me the story that the police had confirmed. Human bones had been found on the shores of Sainte-Marguerite Bay, not far from Sacré-Coeur, the village near Tadoussac. The discovery of the bones dated back to 2010, but we had never been able to identify them.
It was only in the last month, thanks to very extensive DNA tests, that 18 years later, we were able to explain the mysterious disappearance. These bones were those of Lydie Larouche.
De la Sablonnière told me what was said in Jonquière when Lydie Larouche disappeared. We were talking about a sect, perhaps, or a mysterious reason to explain her disappearance.
“What is certain is that Lydie was a damned good girl, quiet. She fell in love with Stéphane Ouellet. Let's say that the Poet was not easy to follow and live with,” recalls De la Sablonnière.
At least, the two children of Lydie and Ouellet will be able to do some of their mourning. They know their mother is dead, they know where. Perhaps a very small consolation, but it's better than false hopes and illusions.
As for Stéphane Ouellet, he had already suffered the shock of this disappearance. Lydie disappeared on October 27, 2004. On December 17, six weeks later, Ouellet got into the ring against Alcine and was frozen, both soles in the air, in 58 seconds.
HELLO, HELLO EARTH
I was so lost in thought that I reacted late when Mary Spencer approached. Hello, hello Earth, we're coming back to the Marc Ramsay Academy in 2022 please…
Mary wanted to tell me about Lady Ju who impressed her very much with her real knowledge of boxing. Then we talked about her spouse, a young woman from Shawinigan. So, we talked about the beautiful summers in Shawi.
– His parents have a chalet at Lac des Piles!
– I know the place. I've been to Jean Chrétien's before…
Mary smiled, almost blushing:
– I know, my girlfriend's parents' chalet is nearby…
If I hadn't been a little embarrassed, I would have tried to get invited. A question of going for a little walk to the former Prime Minister. That would have made for a damn good column.
But I kept myself a little embarrassed. After all, Mary Spencer is fighting tomorrow night against Marie-Ève Dicaire's latest opponent. We will be able to compare.
Boxing is boxing. Politics is politics.
Always one against one, never four against one.
CF MONTREAL WILL BE ON RDS
It's not a secret even if TVA Sports still does not confirm the news. But the fifteen or so CF Montreal matches released by Apple TV will end up on RDS.
It's a loss for TVA Sports. But L.P. Neveu, who does not want to issue official comments, has already shared his recommendations with all the members of the network who work with the CF. The watchword is simple. We serve fans and viewers with the same enthusiasm and determination.
To the point. Until the end.
And what's more, CF are having a season worthy of a big impact!
Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7128