Team EMLO

Meet the team

Deedra Arvella Chestnut 

Nickname: Ms. Lioness

Why did you get into boxing:

I can practically say I was born into the sport of boxing.  My father was a very passionate amateur boxer. Just a few months old I would be with my mom supporting my dad at his fights. Eventually my father’s trainer got very ill and passed away. That’s when my father took over the boxing gym. As kids my siblings and I spent a lot of time at the gym. Both my mother and father ran the gym. So it was only a matter of time that my competitive spirit gave boxing a try and discovered my real passion for boxing. A passion I never even knew I had. 

What have you achieved through boxing so far:

I’ve been the first of many. 

  • 1st female Canadian Junior National Canadian Champion from London, Ontario 
  • 1st female youth Canadian National Champion from London, Ontario 
  • 2X senior Canadian National Champion 
  • 2019 Sierra Leone National Champion 
  • Sierra Leone’s first Female National Boxer 
  • Over 15 Tournament championships Titles 

What are your thoughts about being a part of Team EMLO:

One thing a thrive to do is be the best version of myself at all times both in and out of the ring. Being apart of the EMLO Team has played a massive part and has only helped elevate me. I truly believe in order to better yourself you must better those around you, those you cross paths with. EMLO stand for the importance of community, and the youth. I am personally honoured to be apart of the EMLO team we jointly have the same morals and values, and want nothing more than to bring positivity does those whom may have opportunities, like myself. Thanks to EMLO I’m able to be involved with the community and youth more in depth with the right guidance. 

What are your ultimate goals:

Right now ultimate goal is to win the Olympics, and the World Championships. I would like to become a global household name. To motivate and inspire youth to follow their dreams. To show the youth that you can make anything happen if you have the will. 

3 unknown fun facts about yourself:

  • I absolutely love to travel. I embrace diversity, learning about new cultures. 
  • I am Indigenous 
  • I speak French 

Spencer Wilcox 

60KG Canadian National Champion 2019

How did you get into boxing?

I got into boxing cause I was born into the sport, it’s a family tradition. 

 

 What are your achievements in boxing?

I am 4 x national champ, youth Olympian, intercontinental finalist, 2019 Algarve PortimaoBox Cup Champ, 2019 Haringey Cup Champ 

 

What does being a part of TEAM EMLO mean to you?

Team EMLO is exactly what the sport of boxing needs, it’s an organization full of great people giving kids a shot at trying to make dreams a reality. Which is why it’s an honour to represent the organization.

 

What are your goals with boxing?

One goal in boxing, I only have one vision, and that’s Olympic gold

 

3 Unknown facts about you: 

1) I’m a huge watch collector/fan

2) I love bike riding

3) I always make sure I’m playing another sport to have fun and get stress relief from boxing

 

 

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Triston Brookes 75 Kg

 How did you get into boxing?

 As a youth i was a very active, I played a lot of sports such as football, basketball, and track and field. The passion for these sports were there, but the passion for fighting/boxing was always #1 so I was always drawn to the idea, looking up to people guys like Sugar Ray Leonard and Jon Jones.

 What are your achievements in boxing so far?

 I have been boxing for 7 years and have accomplished 

 2014 silver glove champion 

2014 united golden glove champion 

2015 silver glove finalists 

2015 golden glove finalists 

2016 imperium cup champion 

2017 international Brampton cup Champion 

2017 Canadian national champion 

2017 golden glove finalists 

2018 Puerto Rican, Vieques International cup Champion

2019 golden glove finalist 

2019 silver glove finalist 

2019 Portugal 3rd Algarve Portimao Box Cup Champion

2019 Canadian nationals champion

 

What does being a part of TEAM EMLO mean to you?

 

I’m very proud to be representing the Eddie Melo Legacy Organization , we are a non for profit organization that’s helps with at risk youth through boxing and helps support young developing boxers reach their goals at home and around the globe. This is personally something that interested me most because I was once an at risk youth. An athlete by the name of Jonthan Hood who once played for the Toronto Argonauts came to our school and showed me a better path and helped me believe in my capabilities, and I believe i can do the same.

 

What are your goals with boxing?

 

My big goal is to represent my country on the biggest stage of them all. That being the Olympics with my coach Tony Wallace, who’s been training me and sacrificing just as much as I have to get to where we are today. None of this could be possible without the loyalty and respect, hard work and dedication.

 

3 Unknown facts about you:

 

I’m a full time dry waller 

I wanna be in action films  

My last meal would be wings every wing different flavours

 

John-Michael Bianco 

Nickname: JM 

Why did you get into boxing: 

I got into because of my uncle Jerome. He was an amateur boxer then turned pro later on and I had always looked up to him when I was younger. He inspired me when I was a kid and later on I decided to follow on those footsteps. 

What have you achieved through boxing so far: 

I have won multiple local, provincial, national, international fights and tournaments. I am a 2x Golden Gloves Champion and State of America Games Gold medalist and currently ranked #2 in Canada at light heavyweight. 

What are your thoughts about being a part of Team EMLO: 

I think that being apart of team EMLO is not a right but it is a privelage. Team EMLO has already made an impact on youth and amateur boxing. I firmly believe that we will keep on inspiring youth and spreading what team EMLO has to offer to amateur boxing and the world. At the same time I love having the opportunity to travel the world with team EMLO while meeting different people, learning new cultures and seeing amazing places. 

What are your ultimate goals: 

My ultimate as an boxer/athlete is to win the Canadian Nationals in 2020. Then soon after to turn professional and eventually become a world champion. 

3 unknown fun facts about yourself:

1- I never ate a single vegetable until I was 20. 

2-  I have a celebrity crush on Ariana Grande and even been to one of her concerts 

3.  I have an addiction to peanut butter and sometimes I go through 1kg of a jar in a week.

John Said
 
Nickname: Johnny
 
Why did you get into boxing:
  • I got into boxing because of my father. He pushed me to play a lot of sports and when he put me into boxing I fell in love with it immediately and I knew that this was the sport for me.
 
What have you achieved through your boxing so far:
  • 2016 Canadian national champion
  • Represented Canada against Puerto Rico and America, won against both
  • Competed and won the first annual vieques amateur boxing invitational in Puerto Rico
  • Received silver at the Algarve portimao box cup
 
What are your thoughts about being apart of Team EMLO:
  • We have a hard working team that pushes each other to achieve greatness. Also the best group of people that support us no matter what. For me I feel this is not just a team, but more like a family because of how including this group is
 
What are your ultimate goal:
  • my ultimate goal is to one day represent Canada in the Olympics. This has been a goal for me for many years and I feel like because of Team EMLO I am closer to this goal of mine
 
3 unknown fun fact about me:
  • I am a black belt in taekwondo
  • In 2012 I was on team Ontario for kickboxing
  • I play basketball

Meet the team

Deedra Arvella Chestnut 

Nickname: Ms. Lioness

Why did you get into boxing:

I can practically say I was born into the sport of boxing.  My father was a very passionate amateur boxer. Just a few months old I would be with my mom supporting my dad at his fights. Eventually my father’s trainer got very ill and passed away. That’s when my father took over the boxing gym. As kids my siblings and I spent a lot of time at the gym. Both my mother and father ran the gym. So it was only a matter of time that my competitive spirit gave boxing a try and discovered my real passion for boxing. A passion I never even knew I had. 

What have you achieved through boxing so far:

I’ve been the first of many. 

  • 1st female Canadian Junior National Canadian Champion from London, Ontario 
  • 1st female youth Canadian National Champion from London, Ontario 
  • 2X senior Canadian National Champion 
  • 2019 Sierra Leone National Champion 
  • Sierra Leone’s first Female National Boxer 
  • Over 15 Tournament championships Titles 

What are your thoughts about being a part of Team EMLO:

One thing a thrive to do is be the best version of myself at all times both in and out of the ring. Being apart of the EMLO Team has played a massive part and has only helped elevate me. I truly believe in order to better yourself you must better those around you, those you cross paths with. EMLO stand for the importance of community, and the youth. I am personally honoured to be apart of the EMLO team we jointly have the same morals and values, and want nothing more than to bring positivity does those whom may have opportunities, like myself. Thanks to EMLO I’m able to be involved with the community and youth more in depth with the right guidance. 

What are your ultimate goals:

Right now ultimate goal is to win the Olympics, and the World Championships. I would like to become a global household name. To motivate and inspire youth to follow their dreams. To show the youth that you can make anything happen if you have the will. 

3 unknown fun facts about yourself:

  • I absolutely love to travel. I embrace diversity, learning about new cultures. 
  • I am Indigenous 
  • I speak French 

Spencer Wilcox 

60KG Canadian National Champion 2019

How did you get into boxing?

I got into boxing cause I was born into the sport, it’s a family tradition. 

 

 What are your achievements in boxing?

I am 4 x national champ, youth Olympian, intercontinental finalist, 2019 Algarve PortimaoBox Cup Champ, 2019 Haringey Cup Champ 

 

What does being a part of TEAM EMLO mean to you?

Team EMLO is exactly what the sport of boxing needs, it’s an organization full of great people giving kids a shot at trying to make dreams a reality. Which is why it’s an honour to represent the organization.

 

What are your goals with boxing?

One goal in boxing, I only have one vision, and that’s Olympic gold

 

3 Unknown facts about you: 

1) I’m a huge watch collector/fan

2) I love bike riding

3) I always make sure I’m playing another sport to have fun and get stress relief from boxing

 

 

.

Triston Brookes 75 Kg

 How did you get into boxing?

 As a youth i was a very active, I played a lot of sports such as football, basketball, and track and field. The passion for these sports were there, but the passion for fighting/boxing was always #1 so I was always drawn to the idea, looking up to people guys like Sugar Ray Leonard and Jon Jones.

 What are your achievements in boxing so far?

 I have been boxing for 7 years and have accomplished 

 2014 silver glove champion 

2014 united golden glove champion 

2015 silver glove finalists 

2015 golden glove finalists 

2016 imperium cup champion 

2017 international Brampton cup Champion 

2017 Canadian national champion 

2017 golden glove finalists 

2018 Puerto Rican, Vieques International cup Champion

2019 golden glove finalist 

2019 silver glove finalist 

2019 Portugal 3rd Algarve Portimao Box Cup Champion

2019 Canadian nationals champion

 

What does being a part of TEAM EMLO mean to you?

 

I’m very proud to be representing the Eddie Melo Legacy Organization , we are a non for profit organization that’s helps with at risk youth through boxing and helps support young developing boxers reach their goals at home and around the globe. This is personally something that interested me most because I was once an at risk youth. An athlete by the name of Jonthan Hood who once played for the Toronto Argonauts came to our school and showed me a better path and helped me believe in my capabilities, and I believe i can do the same.

 

What are your goals with boxing?

 

My big goal is to represent my country on the biggest stage of them all. That being the Olympics with my coach Tony Wallace, who’s been training me and sacrificing just as much as I have to get to where we are today. None of this could be possible without the loyalty and respect, hard work and dedication.

 

3 Unknown facts about you:

 

I’m a full time dry waller 

I wanna be in action films  

My last meal would be wings every wing different flavours

 

John-Michael Bianco 

Nickname: JM 

Why did you get into boxing: 

I got into because of my uncle Jerome. He was an amateur boxer then turned pro later on and I had always looked up to him when I was younger. He inspired me when I was a kid and later on I decided to follow on those footsteps. 

What have you achieved through boxing so far: 

I have won multiple local, provincial, national, international fights and tournaments. I am a 2x Golden Gloves Champion and State of America Games Gold medalist and currently ranked #2 in Canada at light heavyweight. 

What are your thoughts about being a part of Team EMLO: 

I think that being apart of team EMLO is not a right but it is a privelage. Team EMLO has already made an impact on youth and amateur boxing. I firmly believe that we will keep on inspiring youth and spreading what team EMLO has to offer to amateur boxing and the world. At the same time I love having the opportunity to travel the world with team EMLO while meeting different people, learning new cultures and seeing amazing places. 

What are your ultimate goals: 

My ultimate as an boxer/athlete is to win the Canadian Nationals in 2020. Then soon after to turn professional and eventually become a world champion. 

3 unknown fun facts about yourself:

1- I never ate a single vegetable until I was 20. 

2-  I have a celebrity crush on Ariana Grande and even been to one of her concerts 

3.  I have an addiction to peanut butter and sometimes I go through 1kg of a jar in a week.

John Said
 
Nickname: Johnny
 
Why did you get into boxing:
  • I got into boxing because of my father. He pushed me to play a lot of sports and when he put me into boxing I fell in love with it immediately and I knew that this was the sport for me.
 
What have you achieved through your boxing so far:
  • 2016 Canadian national champion
  • Represented Canada against Puerto Rico and America, won against both
  • Competed and won the first annual vieques amateur boxing invitational in Puerto Rico
  • Received silver at the Algarve portimao box cup
 
What are your thoughts about being apart of Team EMLO:
  • We have a hard working team that pushes each other to achieve greatness. Also the best group of people that support us no matter what. For me I feel this is not just a team, but more like a family because of how including this group is
 
What are your ultimate goal:
  • my ultimate goal is to one day represent Canada in the Olympics. This has been a goal for me for many years and I feel like because of Team EMLO I am closer to this goal of mine
 
3 unknown fun fact about me:
  • I am a black belt in taekwondo
  • In 2012 I was on team Ontario for kickboxing
  • I play basketball