Win, lose or draw, Kenny Lally is out to make a name for himself in the amateur boxing world.
He's determined to win a spot on Canada's national team for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
The 20-year-old Inner City Boxing Club member was in Cottbus, Germany on Wednesday as part of the Canadian team at a dual match, and Lally's first match ended in a draw.
Taking on Hamza Touba of the German national B team in a 54-kilogram bout, Lally fell behind in the count 2-0 after one round, but battled back in the second round and trailed 3-2 heading into the third and final round, which ended in a 5-5 draw.
In computer-scored amateur matches, points are counted if three of the five judges push the button simultaneously to record a scoring punch. If less than three judges hit the button, the point does not count.
In most amateur boxing bouts, ties are not allowed and officials use countbacks in which the total number of button pushes in favour of each boxer are counted. Whichever boxer has the higher total wins the bout. In international dual matches, however, a draw is allowed because all five judges are from the same country.
"He was very happy with his his performance," said Inner City coach Bob Pegues. "He fights the (German) A team member on Saturday night in Frankfurt."