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  Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Arslanbek Makhmudov:
"My Goal Is To Become World Champion"

By Daniel Cloutier

QUEBEC CITY, Quebec, Canada —— The Montrealer promoter Camille Estephan will present a pro boxing show tonight (Thursday) at the Vidéotron Centre in Québec City. In the main event, the Montrealer Russian Arslenbek Makhmudov will face the German Erkan Teper in a NABF and NABA North American championship (10 rounds). Makhmudov has a perfect record of 12-0-0, 12 wins by KO or TKO. Teper has a pro record of 21-3-0, 13 wins by KO or TKO.

“I hope to get my 13th win by KO or TKO, but I don’t know if it will happen,” said Makhmudov. “I hope to leave Quebec City in a glory atmosphere, but we will see. For sure, my goal is to dispute eventually a heavyweight world championship bout. Then, I want to stay undefeated.”

Teper believes he will surprise Makhmudov. “I know that Makhmudov is a powerful boxer, a dangerous puncher, but I think that my experience in pro boxing will help me to surprise him,” said Teper. “I am ready for this challenge. I got a great training camp, then, I will certainly fight correctly. I really believe I will be a very happy man after this event.”

At the weigh in, supervised Friday afternoon by the Quebec Athletic Commission at the Hilton Hotel in Québec City, Makhmudov posted an official weight of 260 pounds, versus 264 for the German.

Just before the main event, a WBC super-middleweight (168 pounds) Americas Continental championship (10 rounds) will oppose the Montrealer Cameroon fighter Christian MBilli (18-0-0) to the Spanish Ronny Landaeta (18-3-0), from Barcelona.

The lightweight (135 pounds) Luis Santana (3-0-0) will face Dave Leblond (4-7-0), from Thetford Mines, Québec.

Hubert Poulin (2-0-0), a light heavyweight (175 pounds) from Québec City, wil be opposed to Stuart Twardzik (1-0-0), from Saskatchewan, Canada.

In the only female fight of the evening, the featherweight (126 pounds) the Montrealer Marttine Vallièeres-Bisson (3-0-0) will meet Lindsay Garbatt (9-7-2), from Oshawa, Ontario.

In the opening bout of the evening, the lightweight (135 pounds) Jean-Gardy François, will make his pro debut in fighting Jacob George (1-0-0), from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

At the weigh in, MBilli posted man official weight of 167.8 pounds, Landaeta 167.8 pounds, Santana 137 pounds, Leblond 136.6 pounds, Poulin 173.8 pounds, Twartdzik 180.6 pounds, Bisson 123.8 pounds, Garbatt 118.8 pounds, François 135.8 pounds and finally, George 133.2 pounds.

Because Twartdzik was five pounds overweight, he will be obliged to give 20 % of his purse to his opponent.


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