Boxer Cody Nixon. Image Credit: Facebook

Dubai: A boxer from Toronto was one of two Canadians killed in a high-speed car accident next to Jumeirah Lake Towers in the early hours of Sunday morning, according to reports.

Cody Nixon and two friends had rented a high-performance Ferrari 458 Spyder for their visit to Dubai. 

The driver, whose identity has not been confirmed, is reported to have hit a curb on Al Sarayat Street at high speed, causing the car to hit a lamp post before splitting in half and killing all three occupants.

Nixon had trained at the Motor City Boxing Club in Oshawa. The club posted a photo to “C-4” Nixon, as he was known, as a tribute. Nixon represented Ontario in the Canadian Boxing Championships in 2012.

Boxing coach Don Nelson told the Toronto Sun: “I heard the news about the accident in Dubai this morning (Sunday). I just know he was on vacation.

“I knew him when he was younger and was a member of our club. He was a good kid and a bit of a character. He was a talented boxer and represented Ontario at the Canadian championship (boxing tournaments).”

A picture that appears to show Nixon in Dubai with a Ferrari was posted to Nixon's Instagram account on Sunday, with the words 'Just landed into Dubai picked up the Ferrari! Don't worry I won't speed'.


Just landed into Dubai picked up the Ferrari! Don't worry I won't speed ;)

A photo posted by Cody (@travelwithcody) on


The federal government said it was working on arrangements for the families of the victims.

Diana Khaddaj, of Global Affairs Canada, said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the two Canadian citizens who passed away in the United Arab Emirates.

“Canadian consular officials in the United Arab Emirates are in contact with local authorities and are providing consular assistance to the families.”