Canadastar Boxing Inc. was founded by Raymond Rutter in 1989.
Raymond (Ray) Rutter was involved for over 30 years in all aspects of Pro Boxing. He managed 10 Canadian Champions, 4 Commonwealth Champions, and 1 World Champion. He was inducted into the Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame in 1984, and was the Canadian Manager of the Year in 1988 and in 1989.
In 1990, Raymond began acquisition and distribution rights of major boxing events for Canada. His Rightsholders included Don King Productions, Top Rank Inc., HBO and HBO PPV (formerly TVKO), Main Events, Golden Boy Promotions and Showtime SET, among others.
Throughout the 90's, Raymond was involved with TSN and Viewer's Choice Canada and was seen on TSN as a boxing analyst. In 1995 at the International Boxing Federation's (IBF) Annual Convention, he was presented an award in the special supporter category and additionally, the Company received an award for distributing IBF Title Fights throughout Canada, again in the special supporter category.
Most recently, Raymond served as official for the Ontario Athletic Commission as a judge at professional boxing events from 2015-2016.
Raymond was active in his community working with Brampton youth for over 12 years. He coached and managed teams in the Brampton Youth Hockey Association (BYHA) and Brampton Minor Baseball Inc. (BMBI). The teams under his leadership won numerous tournaments at the local, provincial and national levels.
Raymond Rutter passed away suddenly surrounded by his family in May 2016 at Brampton Civic Hospital. He is survived by his wife, 2 sons, 2 grand children and 5 siblings.
Raymond will always be remembered for his devotion to family, his love of boxing, baseball and hockey.
Most major boxing events have been distributed by Canadastar Boxing Inc. throughout Canada. The Company has been established as a household name to sports oriented bars, restaurants and casinos across the country.
Fightbook Entertainment Ltd. is the authorized distributor for Canadastar in all Provinces west of Ontario. Eric Spitzer is Canadastar's authorized distributor in the Province of Quebec.
The Company continues to operate as a family business providing our customers with only the best in personalized customer service.
The Canadstar family looks forward to continuing to provide Canadian commercial establishments with ringside seats to the world's most exciting boxing events.