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  Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Beterbiev, Lemieux & Ulysse Jr.
Will Fight In New York Dec. 15

By Daniel Cloutier

MONTRÉAL — Three Montrealers boxers will be involved in this boxing show presented by the Golden Boy Promotions organization December 15th at Madison Square Garden in New York. Before the main event, this WBA and WBC middleweight championship of the world opposing the Mexican Saul Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2) to the British Rocky Fielding (27-1-0), the Montrealer Russian Artur Beterbiev (13-0-0) will defend his IBF light heavyweight championship of the world against the New Yorker Joe Smith Jr. (24-2-0).

October 6th in Chicago, Beterbiev proceed to the first defence of his world title. He won by TKO in the fourth round against the British Callum Johnson, who suffered of his first defeat in pro boxing (17-1-0).

“Smith is strong physically and he is solid puncher,” said Beterbiev. “I will fight with a perfect concentration from the first second to last second of the bout.”

Beterbiev knows he got to stay undefeated to get a chance to face the winner of the rematch between the Montrealer Colombian Eleider Alvarez (24-0-0) and the Russian Sergey Kovalev (32-2-1), a bout which should be presented February 2nd in Dallas, Texas.

“Yes, I really hope to fight the winner of this rematch Alvarez-Kovalev, to unify the IBF and WBO light heavyweight championships of the world,” said Beterbiev. “I know that a fight between Alvarez and me or Kovalev and me, would create a huge interest on the international boxing scene.”

Before the fight Beterbiev-Smith, the former IBF middleweight champion of the world, the Montrealer David Lemieux (40-4-0) will face Tureano Johnson (24-2-0), from the Bahamas.

Lemieux is ranked third contender by the WBC in the 160 pounds division, and seventh by the IBF.

A third Montrealer, the super lightweight Yves Ulysse Jr. (16-1-0), will be involved in one of the preliminaries bouts of the evening, but he still wait the identity of his opponent.


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