Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Kean & Butler Established Lightly Favorites
By Daniel Cloutier
QUÉBEC CITY —— According the boxing bookies from «Mise-O-Jeu»,
the Québec lotteries, the heavyweight Simon Kean and the
super welterweight Steven Butler are both lightly favourites
to win their bouts Saturday evening in the ring of the
Videotron Centre in Québec City. Both are established
favourites by 2-1.
Involve in the main event of this boxing show organized by
The Eye Of The Tiger Management Group, Kean (15-0-0), a
fighter from Trois-Rivières (a city located between Montréal
and Québec City) will face the former Canadian heavyweight
champion, Dillon Carman (13-3-0), from Toronto, and just
before the main event, the Montrealer super welterweight
Steven Butler (24-1-1) will meet the undefeated Montrealer
Jordan Balmir (10-0-0).
“I am really impatient to be in the ring,” said Kean at the
weigh in held at Place Laurier in Québec City. “I got a
perfect preparation, mentally, physically, technically and
strategically, and I am sure i will offer to my fans a solid
performance. I really like my chances to win this bout by KO
or TKO. Carman is aggressive like me, he is physically
strong like me, he is a powerful puncher like me, but I know
I am fighter more intelligent than him, and I will prove it
if few hours. Like I said, I hope to be involved in a world
championship bout next year or in 2020, then, I got to stay
undefeated and I will achieve it. It’s crucial for me to get
my place in the Top 10 of the international boxing ratings.
Like I said, I hope to fight eventually the WBC champion of
the world, Deontay Wilder.”
Carman replied: “No doubt in my mind, I have the weapons
necessaries to win this fight. Kean is undefeated, but
nobody is unbeatable in boxing. Everybody knows that. I am
determinate to fight like hell to become the first boxer to
beat Kean, and a victory over this guy will certainly help
me to improve my ratings on the international boxing scene.”
Steve St-Germain, from Sorel, Québec, will be the referee of
the main event. The judges will be: Richard Flaherty, from
Boston, Jean Gauthier, from Sherbrooke, Québec, and Marie-Josée
Guérin, from Montréal. Butler and Balmir are also extremely
motivated at 24 hours of the moments of the truth.
“Since a year, I never been so good, and my intention is to
maintain my progression,” said Butler. “I am positive I will
become the first fighter to inflict a defeat to Balmir. This
fight will certainly help me to reach my goal: get my name
in the Top 10 of the international ratings, and when I will
be ranked, I will challenge the best super welterweights in
IBO International champion, Butler is actually ranked 12th
contender by the IBF in the 154 pounds division.
Even if Butler has more experience than him, Balmir is not
worry at all.
“Since the beginning of my pro boxing career, I proved my
talent and my strong desire to progress,” said Balmir. “It’s
the most significant fight on my career, and I am
determinate to win it. A victory over Butler will certainly
help me to reach the international ratings.”
At the weigh in, Kean posted an official weight of 245
pounds, Carman 233 pounds, Butler 160 and Balmir 158.
Before the fights Kean-Carman and Butler-Balmir, the
undefeated Montrealer Russian Batyr Jukembayev (13-0-0), a
super lightweight, will face the Mexican Patrico Moreno
Jukembayev, who is a very talented fighter, as also the
ambition to reach the Top 10 of the international ratings
“My promoter, Camille Estephan, trust me at 100%, and I am
determinate to prove him that I have the potential necessary
to fight on the international boxing scene,” said Jukembayev.
“No matter the opposition that Moreno will give me, I will
stay undefeated Saturday evening.”
The preliminaries bouts will involve: the super middleweight
(168 pounds) Vincent Thibault (6-0-0), from Québec City; the
Montrealer Russian featherweight (126 pounds) Andranik
Grigoryan (7-0-0), the Montrealer middleweight (160 pounds)
Clovis Drolet (6-0-0), the Montrealer Russian super
welterweight Artem Ogannesyan (6-0-0), the featherweight
Keamy Savoie-Cloutier, from Trois-Rivières, who will make
his pro debut, the welterweight (147 pounds) Sébastien Roy
(4-0-0), from Thetford Mines, Québec, and the super
middleweight Yannick Parent, from Québec City, who will make
also his pro debut.
Thibault will fight the Mexican Sergio De Leon (8-3-0),
Grigoryan will face the Argentinian Kevin Leonel Acevedo
(15-1-2), Drolet will challenge the Bulgarian Evgeni Borisov
(3-1-1), Oganesyan will be opposed to the Argentinian Sergio
Samuel Castellano (11-7-0), Savoie-Cloutier will fight the
Mexican Miguel Angel Covarrubias (3-6-3), Roy will meet the
Mexican Mario Bedolla Orosco (2-1-1) and Parent will
challenge the Mexican Rodolfo Lopez (6-5-0).
The fights Thibault-DeLeon and Drolet-Borisov are six
rounders, the bouts Grigoryan-Acevedo and
Oganesyan-Castellano are eight rounders, and all the others
fights are four rounders.
At the weigh in, Jukembayev posted an official weights of
143 pounds, Moreno 142, Thibault 163, De Leon 161, Grigoryan
126, Acevedo 125, Drolet 160, Borisov 159, Oganesyan 153,
Castellano 153, Cloutier 128, Covarrubias 130, Roy 147,
Orozco 149, Parent 149 and Lopez 149 pounds.
«I am positive that the boxing fans who will assist to this
boxing show will be more than satisfy of their decision to
buy tickets, said the promoter Camille Estephan. I am
expecting a lot of spectacular bouts, and the two main
fights of the evening will certainly be a big thriller».