Booking an All-Toronto Maple Leafs Celebrity Boxing Card

A detailed view of the boxing gloves ringside (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
A detailed view of the boxing gloves ringside (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images) /
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Rene Robert #14 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates  . (Photo by Graig Abel/Getty Images) /

The Main Card

Light Heavyweight

Bobby Baun (in his prime) vs Rene Robert (in his prime)

Standing five-foot-nine, Bobby Baun had multiple runs playing defense for the Maple Leafs. In total, he played 14 seasons with the club. In 1956, Baun was 20 years old when he had the opportunity to play his first game. He weighed 175-pounds at the time.

Rene Robert, who is also five-foot-nine, isn’t as familiar a name as Baun but he spent three out of his 12 NHL seasons in Toronto. Robert was right-winger who broke into the league in 1970 and ended his career in 1982, both with the Leafs. He weighed just 165-pounds in his playing days.

This is an exciting bout from start to finish. Robert moves quickly and avoids the majority of Baun’s strikes. Things go south for Robert when Baun eventually connects on a big swing. He shows Robert why his nickname was “Boomer”. With the same degree of violence that Baun would crunch his opponents into the boards, his strong right overhand punch knocks Robert out cold.

Mixed Weight Class

Brendan Shanahan vs Kyle Dubas

Brendan Shanahan, the president and alternate governor for the Toronto Maple Leafs didn’t always wear a tie. Not only is he a Hall of Fame player but according to Hockey Fights, he has had 90 bouts in the NHL. He enters this contest as the clear favourite with both a height and weight advantage.

Kyle Dubas, the franchise’s general manager understands who he is up against and that he needs to use his strengths to shock the world. After studying all different forms of combat and reading several books on the topic, Dubas formulates the perfect plan. He uses a play out of professional wrestling to distract the referee.

Mitch Marner, who owes Dubas a favor for signing him to a $10,903,000 per year average salary, comes down to the ring immediately following the opening bell. The star forward tries to step between the ropes and into the ring. Confused, the referee hurries to stop Marner before he could get in. Marner, (almost like it’s a playoff game) doesn’t do anything before turning around to leave. However, Marner’s presence was enough to get the job done. With the referee’s back turned, Dubas knocks out Shanahan by hitting him with a scientific calculator.  There’s no analytics for that.