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  Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Mathieu Germain: "The Most Important
Moment Of My Pro Boxing Career"

By Daniel Cloutier

MONTRÉAL - Undefeated, the Montrealer super lightweight Mathieu Germain will proceed to the second defense of his IBF 140 pounds North American championship Saturday evening in the ring of the Montréal Casino.

In the main event of this boxing show presented by the promoter Camille Estephan, from The Eye Of The Tiger Management Group located in Montréal, Germain (16-0-0) will face Steve Claggett (27-5-1), from Calgary, Alberta.

In 2017 in Montréal, Claggett became the first fighter to beat the Montrealer Yves Ulysse Jr. (17-1-0) in pro boxing. He won by split decision in 10 rounds.

“No doubt in my mind, in few hours, I will live the most important moment of my pro boxing career,” said Germain Friday afternoon at the weigh in held at the Montréal Casino. “And I am extremely happy of this situation. Since a year, I am dreaming to dispute very significants fights. In winning over Claggett, in winning my third IBF North American championship bout in a row, I have a very good chance to reach the Top 15 of the IBF ratings. And as you know, when a fighter is reaching the Top 15 of the international ratings, he is at one or two wins to reach the Top 10, and when his name is appearing in the Top 10, he is in position to get an opportunity to fight for a world title. I really believe I will live the most exciting moments of my pro boxing career in the months to come.”

The former boxer Mike Moffa, the Germain’s trainer, is also very enthusiastic. “It’s true, it’s a crucial moment in the Germain’s boxing career,” said Moffa. “Mathieu is in a real good position to reach soon the Top 15 of the IBF ratings. Believe me, Germain is ready to face the best super lightweights on the international boxing scene. Claggett is a very good opponent, no doubt about it, but Mathieu is really prepared for this challenge, mentally, physically, technically and strategically. He got a fantastic training camp. Trust me, Mathieu has the potential necessary to win this bout. Mathieu needs to fight with intensity and concentration from the beginning to the end of the bout, and I am positive he will achieve it. He has big ambitions, and he knows that he got to stay undefeated to get major fights in the months to come.”

On his side, Clagett looks more than confident to win this fight. “Yes, I really like my chances to win this fight by KO,” said Claggett. “Germain is good technically, he is pretty fast, but I am positive I have the weapons to stop him. I was extremely happy and motivated when my manager told me that this fight with Germain was official. This guy is undefeated, then, I am sure that a win Saturday evening will help me to improve my position in the international ratings. If Germain hopes to fight the best super lightweights in the world in the months to come, trust me, it’s also my own ambition.”

Camille Estephan said: “This fight Germain-Claggett will be a great moment for the Montréal boxing fans. Both are good technically, both are fighting intensively, then, the bout will certainly be spectacular. If Mathieu wins, like I am expecting it, I will do everything possible to help him to get major fights on the international boxing scene this year and next year.”

At the weigh in supervised by the IBF and the Régie provinciale des sports de combat (Québec Athletic Commission), Germain posted an official weight of 140 pounds, versus 139.8 for Claggett.

The Montrealers Russians Sadriddin Akhmedov (6-0-0) and Arslanbek Makhmudov (5-0-0), Vincent Thibault (7-0-0), from Québec City, the Montrealer female Kim Clavel (5-0-0), Lexson Mathieu, also from Québec City, François Pratte (8-0-0), from Trois-Rivières, Québec, Raphael Courchesne (4-0-0), from Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec, and Kaemy Cloutier (1-0-0), also from Trois-Rivières, will be involved in the preliminaries bouts of the evening.

Akhmedov will fight the super welterweight Abraham Juarez (13-1-0), Makhmudov will face the heavyweight Jason Bergman (27-15-2), from Alabama State, Thibault will challenge the middleweight Juan Torres Perez (5-6-0), Clavel will be opposed to Luz Elena Martinez (5-1-0), Mathieu will make his pro debut in fighting the super middleweight Edgar Santoyo (2-1-2), Pratte will face the welterweight Sergio Silva (6-1-1), Courchesne will challenge the super welterweight Alejandro Chavez Meneses (9-3-0) and Cloutier will fight the featherweight Saul Alejandro Gonzalez Mesa (4-3-0). Juarez, Perez, Martinez, Santoyo, Silva, Meneses and Meza are all Mexicans.

At the weigh in, Akhmedov posted an official weight of 153.4 pounds, Juarez 153.4, Makmudov 261.2, Bergman 260, Thibault 162.6, Perez 162.8, Clavel 108, Martinez 107.8, Mathieu 169.2, Santoyo 167, Pratte 124.6, Silva 125, Courchesne 150.8, Meneses 147.4, Cloutier 125.5 and finally, Meza 124.6 pounds.


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