Peter Bouchard was an amateur boxer as a teenager for 6 years. He developed a love for the sport and some talent, and Mr. Bouchard participated in golden gloves tournaments. He even won 26 fights out of the 29 he participated in. Although he enjoyed the sport, eventually Mr. Bouchard moved on to other endeavors in his life.
It wasn’t until 2001 that boxing found a way back into Peter Bouchard’s life. While traveling in New York City, Mr. Bouchard ran into an old friend and athlete from his boxing days, Joe Frazier, Jr, the son of “Smokin’ Joe” Frazier. Mr. Frazier asked him to sit on the board for the “Smokin’ Joe” Frazier Foundation, and Peter Bouchard was eventually voted the chairman of the board.
The “Smokin” Joe Frazier Foundation is a non-profit that provides grants for organizations to help urban youths and their families. The purpose of the foundation is to solicit, encourage, administer, and receive property and funds for educational, scientific, and charitable purposes for the advancement of all urban youth and family organizations.
The state of Maine passed legislation for boxing and mixed martial arts to be approved entertainment in Maine. The Governor of Maine appointed Peter Bouchard to be the Commissioner of the Combat Sports Authority of Maine (CSAM). In this volunteer position, Peter Bouchard promotes and regulates mixed martial arts and boxing competitions in Maine.
Peter Bouchard has helped bring UFC and televised boxing events to Maine.
Peter Bouchard related that he’s noticed some major changes happening in Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts. In the past, it was considered a privilege to be trained, and your coach would not tolerate a boxer being overweight. Mr. Bouchard is noticing in the current culture, being overweight in MMA is much more rampant then in the past.
Although this change in culture, Mixed Martial Arts has resurged in popularity in Maine. It is very common to have crowds of up to 3,000 spectators