World Champion Eleider Alvarez Returning
To Ring As Cruiserweight May 5 In Montreal
Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) held a virtual press conference
this morning in Montreal to announce the next installment of
its popular “Boxing Series,” co-promoted by GYM and
Probellum, presented by Mise-O-Jeu, on Thursday evening, May
5th, at the Cabaret of Montréal Casino.
Former world light heavyweight champion Eleider “Storm”
Alvarez (25-2, 13 KOs) will return to the ring for the first
time in nearly two years but this time as a cruiserweight.
He will fight in an 8-round bout against an opponent to be
announced this week.
Top Canadian super lightweight prospects, undefeated Mazlum
Akdeniz (16-0, 8 KOs) and Mathieu “G-Time” Germain (20-2-1,
9 KOs), will also showcase their considerable talents in
10-round matches. The three boxers, although at different
levels in their careers, all have the ambition to join the
top 10 contenders in their division before the end of 2022.
Alvarez hasn’t fought in nearly two years, since he lost to
current WBO World Light Heavyweight Champion Joe Smith, Jr.,
and the Colombia-native is taking his explosiveness and
power up to the cruiserweight division for the first time.
“I'm coming back to boxing to prove to myself that I still
have great years to come and titles to conquer at
cruiserweights,” Alvarez declared.
A 2008 Olympian, Alvarez will be fighting in his adopted
home of Montreal for the first time in nearly five years.
The highlight of his professional career to date was a
stunning seventh-round stoppage of Sergey Kovalev, who was
dropped three times by Alvarez, to capture the WBO World
Light Heavyweight title nearly four years ago.
Alvarez has also defeated two other world champions, Jean
Pascal and Lucian Bute.
Promoter Yvon Michel is very proud of his progress: "Eleider
has only two career losses, against ex-champion Sergei
Kovalev who he knocked out beforehand and against the
current WBO light heavyweight champion Joe Smith Jr. His
talent is undeniable and with his new team he is more
motivated than ever to get back to the top."
The young veteran Mathieu Germain showed a lot of resources
and determination overcoming the consequences of covid and a
cut in the right eye to knock out his opponent Erick Angulo
on March 11 in the 8th and last round. "I had never suffered
cuts in my career, but it didn't really bother me. The
important thing is that my many supporters had quite a show
that evening and I intend to impress them again on May 5th,"
added the sympathetic athlete.
The popular Mazlum Akdeniz will fight his third fight since
last December and he asks for more: "I am ready to fight
every month if I am given the chance. May 5th will be Cinco
de Mayo, the Mexican holiday, and I intend to fight like a
Mexican and raise my supporters who will be numerous at the
Casino," the charismatic competitor said.