Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Bazinyan Hopes To Have A World
Championship Bout Next Year
By Daniel Cloutier
RIMOUSKI, Québec — The Montrealer Erik Bazinyan, who is
ranked fourth contender by the WBO in the super middleweight
(168 pounds), hopes to hace a world championship bout next
year. But he knows that he has to stay undefeated.
Friday evening in the ring of the ring of Sun Life Arena in
Rimouski, Québec, Bazinyan (24-0-0) will fight Timo Laine
(27-12-0), from Finland, in a 10 rounds bout.
“I know I got to stay undefeated, then, I will fight
intensively like usual next Friday,” said Bazinyan, “Yes, I
really hope to have a world championship bout next year,
then, I got to maintain my progression in the international
ratings. Laine? He is tough, persistent, but I am faster
than him. No matter is the fight is short or long, I will
achieve the necessary to win it, I got a perfect
preparation, mentally, physically, technically and
strategically, then, I am ready to face this challenge.
Believe me, I am impatient to be in the ring for this
The WBO super middleweight champion of the world, is the
British Billy Joe Saunders (29-0-0).
Several journalists and trainers are considering Saunders as
the king of the 168 pounds division.
“No matter who I will fight for a world title, I will be
certainly be ready for this challenge next year,” said
Bazinyan. “I will be ready to fight the best super
middleweights in the world.”
Bazinyan’s trainer, Marc Ramsay, is very confident to see
his fighter in the winning’s corner. “Laine is a very tough
fighter, but I really believe that Erik is better than him
technically,” said Ramsay. “It should be a good fight for
the crowd. Erik is deserving to be rank in the world, he is
very talented like you know, and I really believe he will
fight for a world title in 2021. Not this year. Until that
moment, Erik will certainly maintain his progression on the
international boxing scene and he will get more experience.
I am positive that Erik will have a fascinating career on
the international boxing scene. He has the talent, the
determination and the ambition to go to the top.”
Laine is also very motivated at few days of the moment of
the truth. “I too had a very good preparation for this
challenge, and I came in Canada with the intention to become
the first fighter to beat Bazinyan,” said Laine. “I know
that Bazinyan is a talented fighter, but I know I am tough,
determinate and persistant in each fight. Me too I have a
lot of ambitions on the international boxing scene.”
The promoter of The Eye Of The Tiger Management Group, the
Montrealer Camille Estephan, is very proud of his fighter.
“Erik Bazinyan has the technic, the speed, the determination
and the ambition to become eventually world champion,” said
Estephan,. “We will work very hard to push him to the top.
We know that he is ready to face the best super middleweight
in the world and it will happen eventually.”