"Together we can do this!"
Racette making one-fight comeback
Josh Aldrich, Daily News
Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Boxer Gordon Racette is looking at making another comeback at the age of 61. The Canadian heavyweight wants to become just the third boxer in history to fight professionally in five consecutive decades. The problem is, the Nanaimo fighter having trouble getting nailing down a card and a venue. With the rise of mixed martial arts in recent years there are fewer boxing cards in B.C. Ideally Racette would like to promote his own card so he can raise awareness and funds for the organ donor registry.
If that falls through, he is hoping he will be able to piggyback on a card tentatively scheduled in March at the River Rock Casino and resort in Richmond. He is hoping to have it all in place by the end of the week. "It's like a domino effect, I can't find an opponent until I get a date for the fight, I can't get a date for the fight until I raise some funds to book a venue," said Racette (39-6-0, 28 KO), who is wanting a six-round fight. The other two fighters to fight in five decades are Saoul Mamby and Roberto Duran. The important part of the potential fight for Racette is raising money for the organ donor registry.
"Everybody I know, knows somebody who has problem with an organ, whether they're on dialysis or whatever," he said.
"Ninety seven per cent of all people in B.C. believe that organ donation is a good thing but only 17 per cent have registered, so there is a shortfall here in B.C." According to www.transplant. bc.ca, there are more than 300 people in B.C. awaiting organ transplants and hundreds more needing corneal transplants. Only 18.5 per cent of the population is a registered organ donor. Racette rose to prominence in the early 1980s on the world boxing scene.
Racette is an accomplished martial artist as well, holding four different black belts, and has earned several kickboxing titles. It was his success with the Canadian national jui jitsu team that spurred on the thoughts of shooting for the five-decade mark in boxing. "In 2000 I had a fight to raise awareness for the world jui jitsu championships in England, and I thought then, 'Wow, this is four different decades, I wonder if I can make it five?'" he said of his last fight, a unanimous decision win over Steve Cortez in Victoria. But he's more than just a fighter, he holds a masters in science in communication and a bachelor of
leadership and public safety as will as several other diplomas. He is currently a psychology professor at the Native Education
College in Vancouver.
He has lived on the Mainland since 1979, currently in Burnaby. He would like the fight to be in Vancouver, but won't rule out the Island, either. The key is, wherever he fights has to have a recognized boxing commission so that the fight will count. The six-foot-two Racette has fought most of his fights between 210 pounds and 222 pounds, but he has been at about 240 for most of the last 10 years. His goal is to get down to about 230 for the eventual fight, saying he has been training
since March 2012. "I feel good, I feel strong," he said. "I know how to train, I know how to
get in shape, so that's what I'm doing at the moment."
Anybody looking to get involved with the fight can contact Racette through
his website at www.gordyracette.com.
© The Daily News (Nanaimo) 2013