GBU REPRESENTATIVE - COSTA RICA
Light heavyweight Donny "Golden Boy" LaLonde,
41-5-1 (33KO), fought from 1980 to 2003. LaLonde was born on March 12, 1960 in
Victoria British Columbia, Canada.
According to online sources, they reported that
Lalonde was one of four children, and that his father left the family when he
was only three years old. LaLonde first began boxing when he was 17 years old,
accumulating an amateur record of 11-4.
On April 24, 1980, when he was just 20 years old, Lalonde, 175, made his pro
debut at the Convention Centre, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, when he fought
Ken Nichols, 185, in a four-rounder. Lalonde TKO'd Nichols in the second round
(2:05 seconds). [See LaLonde's full boxing record on boxrec.com].
Lalonde won the Canadian Light Heavyweight Championship, knocking out Roddie
McDonald in nine rounds. He defeated McDonald even though he had a smashed
middle knuckle on his right hand and was recovering from surgery on his left
shoulder, which he first separated when he crashed into the boards while playing
hockey in 1977.
Over the years,
the shoulder had separated some thirty times and had become so loose that he was
able to pop it back into socket himself. To prepare for his fight with McDonald,
he underwent an operation in which doctors inserted a pin to bind the joint,
which severely restricted his ability to raise his left arm. It affected
Lalonde's style: He would paw with his left, looking to set up his powerful
right. [Wiki, Boxrec]
Another highlight of LaLonde's boxing career was when he fought Benito
Fernandez, 164, on November 6, 1986, at the Convention Centre, in Winnipeg,
Manitoba, Canada. He stopped Fernandez in the ninth round, in a scheduled
10 round bout.