Justin Trudeau overcame expectations and convincingly defeated Tory Senator Patrick Brazeau in a boxing bout in Ottawa Saturday night.
The referee called the fight around the middle of the third two-minute round of the Olympics rules bout.
Trudeau dominated round two and round three after Brazeau came out swinging in round one.
Brazeau opened strong, but became visibly tired as the fight went on, allowing Trudeau to land numerous jabs and eventually pummel the Tory Senator. The referee counted Brazeau down once in round two and by round three Trudeau was the only one landing any solid shots.
After the fight, Brazeau had a large welt below his eye and was having trouble catching his breath.
"He didn't get me down,'' said Brazeau, to boos, after the fight. He also challenged Trudeau to a rematch next year, but the Liberal MP said on Monday the he's not interested.
Trudeau praised his opponent after the battle. "All I know is, he had reason to be confident because he can hit like a Mack truck," the MP for Papineau told reporters.
"He didn't know that I could take it and keep going.''
Asked what hurt most, Brazeau responded "Oh, definitely the ego.''
"You know, I'm a fighter and I'm a competitive guy. Obviously I like to trash talk,'' he said.
"But again, I fell short tonight. But I'm still glad that I trained for five months for this. You know, I came up short 30 seconds, so maybe I'll try to make it up next year.''
Brazeau, a 5'10",183 pound karate black belt was the early favourite when the fight was announced, but the 6'2, 180 pound Trudeau won the day.
Monday will bring further humiliation for Brazeau. He'll have his lengthy locks chopped off in the foyer of the House of Commons as part of a side bet made between the two fighters. Brazeau will also be forced to wear a Liberal jersey for a week. Trudeau said on Saturday night that he chose the stakes because First Nations warriors historically cut their hair as a sign of shame.
With files from The Canadian Press
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Brazeau says Trudeau didn't get him down. Gets booed.
He's still very out of breath, but asks for a rematch next year.
Brazeau has a big welt under his eye. Even Ezra Levant is drinking the Kool Aid.
Trudeau: "I can take a hard hit and he didn't realize that."
"Everyone's a winner here tonight"
He was beating up on Brazeau when the ref called it.
Brazeau is entering dressed in blue
On Twitter: @AdamScotti - he's with Trudeau
|@ AdamScotti : Here is the last photo before we go in #fftc #cdnpoli #fftc2012 @kady @ingridrkonopka @justinpjtrudeau http://t.co/ko0e6ZNh|
|@ DPinxton : #FFTC I think Justin Trudeau wants Liberal voters to get a good look at Sun News Network. It's a wake-up call.|
Looks like #sunfight isn't really catching on. #fftc is pretty active though.
|@ ezralevant : The real Shiny Pony actually let me touch his hair! RT @SamEskenasi: @ezralevant. Love the Tux, give the shinypony a comb for me! #SunFight|
|@ laura_payton : Jessie Wilcox won the last bout against Henry Lopez. Andy Gardiner taking on Orville Bailey in last bout before the big ticket. #fftc|
If you want some background before the fight, you can check out all of HuffPost's stories on the bout here.
|@ SophieAnneB : Having flashbacks of #ndpldr vote MT @kady more like 11ish (EDT) for Brazeau vs. Trudeau. I'll give you all a warning, I promise. #fftc|
|@ deaniew : The best part of this show so far is @brianlilley's hair. I'm so mesmerized by it! #fftc #cdnpoli|
|@ KristenEverson : There are Liberals/ Trudeau supporters in the far corner, however. But they're out numbered. #fftc|
National Post's Michael Den Tandt argues that even if Trudeau loses, which he thinks he will, the Liberal MP will come out ahead politically.
|@ sfontaine_ : I feel bad for anyone that has watched the entire pre-fight. Flipped over from hockey for a minute and it's painful. #fftc #SunFight|
|@ NPsteve : I have heard that, while Harper is not here, he "is watching." which sounds a little terrifying. #FFTC|
|@ flynnrita149 : Mute button: Best. Invention. EVER. #fftc #SunTV|