Canadian men came away with two silver medals at the 52nd Belgrade Winner, a boxing tournament for elite men that took place in Serbia over the weekend.

Francois Pratte suffered a controversial loss in the 56kg final after a cut caused him to be judged unable to continue in the third round, handing Italy’s Cipriano Ciro the gold medal by Technical Knockout Injury.

Francois Pratte

Photo: Pratte at 2013 Elite Canadian Championships (Arthur Images for Boxing Canada).

Coach Daniel Trepanier expressed his frustration saying, “it was sad, Francois was winning but due to a cut caused by a head butt the Gold was taken from him.”

In the 60kg B final Lucas Bahdi finished second to Hungarian Varga Miklos, who won on points.

Lucas Bahdi

Photo: Bahdi (right) at 2013 Elite Canadian Championships (Arthur Images for Boxing Canada). 

“Lucas boxed well but his opponent had much more experience,” Trepanier said. “It was a great performance from our men’s team for our season opener.”

Participants in the tournament arrived from 10 countries to compete in eight weight categories – complete Canadian results in Belgrade.

From July 16-20 Boxing Canada will host the 2014 Canadian Golden Gloves in Cornwall, Ontario, a major tournament that will be open to male and female competitors, expected to attract amateur boxers from all over North America.