Founded in 2008, Fight for the Cure (FFTC) is Ottawa’s only white collar boxing gala, where competitors trade in the comforts of their 3-piece suits in exchange for 16 oz mitts, trunks and headgear. FFTC has seen competitors from all corners of the professional world – from lawyers to financial savants; from sales/marketing gurus to politicians . Most notably, in 2014, then Member of Parliament for Papineau and now Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau competed against Tory Senator Patrick Brazeau. In an electric bout, Justin won via 3rd round stoppage. 

2017 proved to be FFTC’s most successful year to date, raising a grand total of $131,000 in support of cancer survivors and patients right here in the Ottawa/Gatineau region. A significant proportion of this success can be credited to our white-collar competitors.

Ask any past competitor and they’ll tell you it is an honour to compete at FFTC. Once recruited to compete, you must complete Boxing Ontario’s registration and medical forms. The medical is to be completed by a physician, which certifies that you are fit to box and covers you under Boxing Ontario’s insurance for the bout and during training.


Once registered, training begins. The FFTC competitors are split in to 2 teams (Red Corner and Blue Corner). Team workouts are scheduled every Monday and Wednesday at either 7:45pm or 8:45pm, depending on the week. Team work-out times alternate every week. All workouts take place at Final Round Boxing Gym,  located at 1175 Brookfield Rd, Ottawa, Ontario.


One-on-one personal training sessions are also available. These sessions are more personalized and technical.


Safety and Rules

  • Over 45 years old bouts are 3 90-second rounds with a 60 second break between each round.

  • Under 45 years old bouts are 3 120-second rounds a 60 second break between each round.

  • Over 55 years old bout are 3 60-second round with a 60 second break between each round

  • For a bout to proceed,  competitors’ weights must be within 10 pounds of one another

  • No more than a 10 year age difference on the night of the event

  • All competitors must wear Boxing Canada approved headgear, 16oz gloves (both to be provided) , as well as official provided FFTC jersey and shorts

  • Weigh-ins and medicals are performed the day of the event

At Fight for the Cure, fighter safety is of the utmost importance. The commission, referees, event organizers and judges all recognize that this is a charity boxing event and go to great lengths to maintain a high level of safety.


If you have any questions, please email

  • Facebook - Black Circle
  • Twitter - Black Circle
  • YouTube - Black Circle
  • Instagram - Black Circle