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OTTAWA -- Elton John said it best in 1973 -- Saturday night's alright for fighting.

The weeks of trash-talking and training will come to an end when Liberal MP Justin Trudeau and Conservative Sen. Patrick Brazeau get their chance to prove Sir Elton right this Saturday.

The two politicians-turned-pugilists are taking part in a charity boxing match -- Fight for the Cure 2012, an annual fundraising initiative for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation -- and are scheduled to fight their way through three two-minute rounds.

On Wednesday, the two had their official weigh-in.

Brazeau (5-10, 183 pounds) is considered by some to be the favourite against the relatively reed-like Trudeau (6-2, 175 pounds).

Spider Jones, a boxing analyst and member of the Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame, said he favours Trudeau's long-reach style -- sharp, quick left jabs, fired from a distance -- over Brazeau's -- getting in close and firing right crosses to the body -- because the jab is a harder punch to avoid.

"One of the most difficult things about boxing is slipping a left jab. That left jab comes out there and it can sting. I'd be hitting that guy (Brazeau) in the nose every chance I had," Jones said.

Not only does the stronger Brazeau have to face the difficulties of Trudeau's probing lefts, he also has to score more points. The match is officially sanctioned by Boxing Ontario and will be fought under Olympic rules.

"Let's just say that Brazeau hits (Trudeau) with the hardest shots, or even knocks him down once -- that isn't how you win the fight. It's by the points system," Jones said. "You can hit a guy hard 10 times, if he hits you 20 times with the pitter-patter part of the white glove, he easily wins."

 

-- Postmedia News

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 29, 2012 A8

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