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  Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Five Significant Bouts Will Be
Presented Before Canelo vs. Kovalev

By Daniel Cloutier

LAS VEGAS - The promoter of Golden Boy Promotions organization, the former world champion Oscar De La Hoya, confirmed that five important bouts will be presented before the main event Saturday evening in Las Vegas.The main event will be a WBO light heavyweight championship of the world opposing the Mexican Saul Canelo Alvarez vs. the Russian Sergey Kovalev.

Alvarez (52-1-2) is WBC and WBA middleweight (160 pounds) champion of the world, but Saturday evening in the ring of the MGM Arena, he will try to dethrone Kovalev (34-3-1) as WBO light heavyweight (175 pounds) champion of the world.

The five important bouts presented before the main event will involve the Californian lightweight Ryan Garcia (18-0-0), the welterweight Blair Cobbs (12-0-1), from Las Vegas, the Russian super welterweight Bakhram Murtazaliev (16-0-0), the middleweight Meirim Nursultanov (12-0-0), from Kazakstan, and the female Californian flyweight Seniesa Estrada (17-0-0).

Garcia will fight for WBC Silver and NABO North American championships in fighting another Californian, Romero Duno (21-1-0), Cobbs will face the Mexican Carlos Ortiz (11-4-0) in a NABF North American championship, Murtazaliev will fight the Spanish Jorge Fortea (20-1-1) in an IBF elimination bout, Nursultanov will be opposed to the Mexican Cristian Olivas (16-5-0) in a WBC USNBC championship, and Estrada will take on a WBA Interim female world championship, in facing the Texan Marlen Esparza (7-0-0).

Garcia, who is ranked fourth contender by the WBA, eight by the WBC and sixth by the WBO, is clearly impatient to be in the ring. “I am so proud to take part to a prestigious event like this one, and I am determinate to deliver a splendid performance Saturday evening, It’s a significant bout for me, I want absolutely to improve my situation in the international boxing ratings. My opponent is a strong puncher, but trust me, I will do what is necessary to win this fight.”

Duno replied: “It’s a great opportunity for me, and I cannot waste that chance. I will give everything to win this significant bout. I am ranked by the WBO (fourth contender) and I will certainly improve my situation in the ratings in winning this bout.”

Cobbs looked very enthusiastic at this press conference held at the David Copperfield Theater Thursday afternoon. “I am extremely excited to be involved in this important boxing show, and I am promising to my fans to offer a great performance Saturday,” said Cobbs. “This NABF North American championship will become a big plus in my pro boxing career.”

Murtazaliev is ranked sixth contender by the IBF and fourth by the WBO. “This IBF elimination bout is certainly the most important moment in my pro boxing career,” said Muirtazaliev. “The winner of this bout will be in position to dispute eventually a world championship bout. I will give everything to be in the winning’s corner.”

Eric Gomez, Oscar De La Hoya assistant, is also impatient for this boxing show. “The main event, the fight Canelo-Kovalev will be a historic moment in boxing, but believe me, the undercard is promising a lot of action. Before the main event, the crowd will see five significant bouts, fights which will help the winners to improve their position in the international ratings.”

Kathy Duva, Sergey Kovalev’s promoter with Main Event, agrees with Eric Gomez. “This event will be a memorable moment in boxing, no doubt about it,” said Duva. Canelo-Kovalev is a historic moment in boxing, and the undercard will certainly provide great action. I am very excited to be here today.”

This boxing show will be televised by DAZN.


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