Boxer Tony Luis named Cornwall’s Ambassador of the Year

Thursday, February 27th, 2014
Tony Luis, Ambassador of the Year!

Tony Luis receiving the Ambassador of the Year Award from Gilles Latour, Chair of Team Cornwall

From humble beginnings at his hometown Champs East Side Boxing Club, Tony Luis has risen to become one of Canada’s most promising young boxers.

 In the span of a few short years, the 26-year-old Cornwall native has amassed an impressive 17-2 professional record, and he’s held both the Quebec Lightweight Championship and the WBC Junior Welterweight Intercontinental Championship.

Outside the ring, “Lightning” Luis’ list of achievements continues to grow. He’s a past winner of the Jacques Richard Trophy as Cornwall’s top sports personality, and he’s also been named an Ambassador of Goodwill by the World Boxing Council.

Now the young boxer can add another accolade to the list – Team Cornwall Ambassador of the Year.

Luis was presented with the award during the recent Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards Dinner in recognition of his efforts to raise the profile of his hometown both at home and abroad.

In addition to serving as a role model and giving back to his community through various volunteer initiatives, Luis never misses a chance to promote Cornwall to others whenever the opportunity arises.

“My community has been tremendous,” said Luis. “Hopefully my next fight can be close to my hometown because I’ve got great support here and Cornwall means everything to me!”

Luis’ championship qualities – perseverance, hard work, resiliency, determination – come in handy outside the ring as well. The St. Lawrence College graduate works in the social services field, where he devotes his time to help guide troubled teens towards a better path in life.

He’s also a Co-Chair of Teen Cornwall, a local organization which, among other things, provides bursaries to outstanding local high school students.

“I really enjoy helping others and I’m living my dream,” Luis added. “My plan is to give back as much as I can whenever possible throughout the community.”

Luis is the second person to receive the Team Cornwall Ambassador of the Year Award.

“Tony is certainly a deserving candidate for this award,” said Gilles Latour, Chair of Team Cornwall. “This young man has helped raise Cornwall’s profile and he’s become a tremendous source of pride for his hometown.”