Windsor Boxer Returns Home With The Gold

Windsor native Samir El-Mais won gold in the men’s 91 kg heavyweight boxing division at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo courtesy of Samir El-Mais)

Windsor boxing native “Sweet” Samir El-Mais has returned to his hometown after winning gold in the men’s 91 kg heavyweight division at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

El-Mais says he previously competed in the Commonwealth Games in 2010, finishing in fifth place. He says taking home the gold medal this time around was very humbling.

“I couldn’t believe I won a gold. I still don’t believe that I actually (held) the gold medal in my hands,” says El-Mais. “It was an awesome feeling. I felt it more when they were giving us the medals. I was the last to get up there and get the gold medal and finally raise the Canadian flag, and they played the national anthem on our behalf… That was the moment I knew it was for real. I felt the power of it, and it was something else.”

Over the past two years, El-Mais captured two additional International gold medals representing Canada in the Dominican Republic and in Serbia. El-Mais says he now has his sights set on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.