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Canadian boxer and Kitchener native Mandy Bujold wins gold at the Pan Am Games

GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Canada’s Mandy Bujold had already made history at the Pan American Games.

On Saturday night, she added a much bigger accomplishment to her resume.

Bujold won a gold medal in the 51-kilogram category with an 11-5 victory over Ingrid Valencia of Colombia at the Expo Guadalajara Arena.

Her victory came a day after best friend and teammate Mary Spencer won gold in the 75-kilo division.

“I’ve been calling our Canadian women’s team the female version of the (powerful) Cuban team,” Bujold said.  

“We’ve been doing so well and we made a lot of history this week.”

A week earlier, Bujold was in the first women’s boxing fight ever held at the Pan Ams.

Women’s boxing will also make its Olympic debut next year at the London Games.

Bujold and Valencia were even after feeling each other out over the first two rounds.

The scrappy, diminutive fighter pulled ahead by taking the third round after landing some combinations despite a lot of clutching and grabbing.