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Dicaire & Zewski Ready For Their Challenges

By Daniel Cloutier

QUÉBEC CITY, Canada - Marie-Eve Dicaire and Michael Zewski are clearly ready mentally, physically, technically and strategically for their next challenges. Saturday evening in the ring of the Videotron Centre in the historic Québec City, Dicaire (16-0-0), a Montrealer, will defend her female IBF super welterweight (154 pounds) championship of the word in facing the Venezuelan Ogleidis Suarez (29-3-1), and just before the main event, Zewski (33-1-0), a welterweight (147 pounds) from Trois-Rivières, Québec, will fight the Mexican Alejandro Davila (19-0-2) in an IBF and NABO North American championships. This pro boxing show is organized by the GYM Group in Montréal, leaded by promoter Yvon Michel and his assistant Bernard Barré.

“Yes, this event is a big challenge for me, but I am ready for it,” said Dicaire Friday afternoon at the weigh in held at the Videotron Centre. “It will be my third world championship defense, and I am determinate to stay world champion. And I will do it. I know I have the speed and the technique to win this bout.”

Female featherweight champion of the world between 2011 to 2013, Suarez is clearly impatient to be in the ring. “I am very happy to fight in Québec City and I am sure I will surprise the local boxing fans,” said Suarez. “I am extremely motivated and I really think I will return in Venezuela with the IBF belt in my luggage. I know I have the experience and the talent to become back world champion.”

Stéphane Arnois, Dicaire’s trainer, said: “Marie-Eve got a fantastic training camp and I am positive she will deliver a great performance Saturday evening. No doubt in my mind, Marie-Eve will be at her best Saturday, and she will keep her world title.”

Zewski, who is actually ranked eight contender by the WBO, 14th by the IBF and 15th by the WBC, looks extremely confident and happy at few hours before the event. “I mentioned it several times, I really want to reach back the Top five of the international boxing ratings,” said Zewski. “I am very impatient to get an opportunity to fight for a world title. Believe me, if I received an offer to fight for a world title before the end of the year, I will certainly take this offer. In waiting for this opportunity, I got to win all my fights to move up in the ratings.”

Zewski saw Davila in action on videos. “Davila is extremely aggressive, but I know which strategy to use to beat him,” said Zewski. “I know I have the speed, the technique and the power to surprise him in each round. I got a great training camp and I never been so energetic. I really believe I will get out of the ring in the winning’s corner.”

At the weigh in supervised by the Quebec Athletic Commission (Régie provinciale des sports de combat), Dicaire posted an official weight of 152.8 pounds, Suarez 153.2, Zewski 147 and Davila 145.8. The referee of the bout Dicaire-Suarez will be the Montrealer Mike Griffin, and the judges selected are the New Yorker Dave Allen, and the Montrealers Sylvain Leblanc and Pasquale Procopîo.

For the fight Zewski-Davila, the referee will be the Montrealer Martin Forest, and the judges will be Richard Blouin, Roldand Wleka and Benoit Roussel.

The welterweight Sébastien Bouchard (18-1-0), from Baie Saint-Paul, Québec Wilfred Seyi Ntsengue (7-0-0), a super middleweight (168 pounds) from Cameroon who is living in Montréal since 2017, the Montrealer welterweight Clann Thomson (5-0-0), the light heavyweight Simon Pierre Adde (6 -1-0), from Los Angeles, the Montrealer female welterweight Marie-Pierre Houle (2-0-0), the cruiserweight (190 pounds) Yan Pellerin (8-1-0), from Granby, Québec, and the female super welterweight Raquel Miller (9-0-0), from San Francisco, will be involved in the preliminaries bouts of the evening.

Bouchard will fight the Montrealer Ayaz Hussain (13-1-0) in an IBF welterweight North American championship, Ntsengue will face Devin Tomko (7-0-0), from Ottawa, Thomson (5-0-0) will challenge Dave Leblond (4-6-0), from Thetford Mines, Québec, Adde will be opposed to the Mexican Jair Sena (8-4-2), Houle will fight Linda Dostalkova (2-0-0), from the Czech Republic, Pellerin will face the Argentinian Maximiliano Agustin Corso (6-4-1), and finally, the American Raquel Miller will challenge the Mexican Alma Ibara (7-0-0).

At the weigh in, Bouchard posted an official weight of 146.8 pounds, Hussain 145, Ntsengue 171.2, Tomko 170.4, Thomson 139, Leblond 140.2, Adde 176.4, Sean 177.8, Houle 146.2, Dostalkova 143.4, Pellerin 186.8, Corso 182.8, Miller 153.8 and finally, Iabara 150.6 pounds.

“We will present a spectacular boxing show,” said Bernard Barré. “Marie-Eve Dicaire, Michael Zewski and Sébastien Bouchard are involved in the three most important bouts of the evening, and each one will have a solid opposition. No doubt that the spectators will appreciate the show.”

This boxing show will begin at 7.00 PM.


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