Former Quebec boxer Patrice L’Heureux died at the age of 46 on the night of Sunday to Monday.
According to Le Journal , the former truck driver succumbed to a heart problem. It was his wife who found him dead in his chalet in Saint-Tite.
A native of Shawinigan, L’Heureux played 30 professional fights, now 24-5-1 for 13 KOs.
A former Canadian champion, the nicknamed “Le Granit” played his last fight in June 2010, when he lost to Montreal’s Wayne John at Uniprix Stadium.
A brave boxer
Boxing promoter Yvon Michel knew very well the late boxer, whom he spent a lot of time during his career.
“He was one of the first, if not the first boxer we signed (with Groupe Yvon Michel),” he recalled.
“It’s quite a shock, we’re really stunned,” he admitted. Patrice L’Heureux was much more than a boxer for us. ”
The promoter remembers a brave boxer, spectacular, loved by boxing fans in Quebec.
“He was someone no one could hate, a nice giant,” he said. Who has had a career superior to what his talent could give him, by dint of determination and perseverance. He wanted to push his limits all the time. ”
Michel remembered many great moments in L’Heureux’s career, whether it was with amateurs or when he became Canadian champion.
“I remember the epic battles he delivered to David Cadieux in Trois-Rivières and Shawinigan, each time we had sold out,” he added.
“He was brought to Germany where he competed against 2004 Olympic gold medalist Alexander Povetkin,” he said. He was not cold, he was getting into the ring against anyone. He finished with a good record. ”
A hero in Mauricie
According to Yvon Michel, L’Heureux had a very good life, both during his boxing career and after that.
“He always stayed very close to us, as a family member,” he revealed. Three weeks ago, I was with my children and my wife at home, for the festival of Saint-Tite. He was married last year during the festival and we were all invited. ”
Always in a good mood, L’Heureux had taken over the company of his father in the field of granite and was spending quiet days, even if the desire to box him was still gagging.
“He even told me, at age 46, that he was training and that he was well, he thought maybe make a comeback to face Simon Kean, revealed Michel. I told him he was happy in his life and he did not need that. But it says how good it was for him. That’s why the shock is even greater. No accident, no illness, he disappeared in a snap of his fingers, like that. ”
“It’s a shame for everyone he leaves behind. He is a hero in Saint-Tite and throughout Mauricie. I’m sure everyone will only have good words for him. “