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  Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Lemieux vs. Bursak, Makhmudov vs. Peter
& Kean vs. Liakovich Dec. 7 At Bell Centre

By Daniel Cloutier

MONTREAL - The promoter of The Eye Of The Tiger Management Group in Montréal, Camille Estephan, confirmed Tuesday afternoon in a press conference that he will present a pro boxing show December 7th at the Montreal Bell Centre.

The main event (10 rounds) will opposd the former IBF middleweight (160 pounds) champion of the world, the Montrealer David Lemieux (40-4-0), to the Ukrainian Max Bursak (34-5-2). It will be the first Lemieux bout in the super middleweight (168 pounds) division.

“It will be my first fight in home since 15 months,” said Lemieux. “It will be extremely exciting. And it will be a great challenge for me. Bursak disputed several fights on the international boxing scene and he has the reputation to be extremely tough. He never lost a fight by KO or TKO. It will be my first experience in the super middleweight division. Sincerely, I believe that December 7th, I will hit harder than ever. I am feeling so strong at 168 pounds. I think that the crowd will see fireworks when the fight will start.”

Bursak was not present at this press conference.

Estephan confirmed also that the heavyweights Arlansbek Makhmudov (9-0-0), Simon Kean (17-1-0) and Adam Braidwood (14-2-0) , the super middleweight Lexson Mathieu (6-0-0), the middleweight Mathieu Germain (17-1-1), the featherweight (126 pounds) Avery Martin-Duval (3-0-0), the super welterweight (154 pounds) Sadriddin Akhmudov (9-0-0), the super welterweight Raphael Courchesne (8-0-0) and the female flyweight (106 pounds) Kim Clavel (10-0-0) will be involved in the preliminaries bouts of the evening.

Makhmodov, a Montrealer Russian of 6’6’’, 265 pounds, will defend his NABF North American title against the Nigerian American Samuel Peter (38-8-0) and Kean, a fighter from Trois-Rivières, Québec, will face the former WBO heavyweight champion of the world, the Belarus Siarhei Liakhovich (27-7-0).

Martin-Duval, a Montrealer, Akhmudov, a fighter from Kazaksthan who is living in Montreal, Courchesne, a boxer from Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec, Braidwood, a fighter from Victoria, British Colombia, and Clavel, a Montrealer, will know the identity of their opponents in the weeks to come.

“It will be a great boxing show,” said Camille Estephan at this press conference held at the restaurant 40 West in Pointe-Claire (West Island of Montreal). “The fights Lemieux-Bursak, Makhmudov-Peter, and Kean-Liakkovich, our three main bouts, are promising a lot of action. And we will try to find good rivals for the fighters involved in the preliminaries bouts of the evening. I am very impatient to see what Lemieux will achieve in his first fight in the super middleweight division. And we can expect exciting moments with the bouts Makhmudov-Peter and Kean-Liakovich. We will use just a part of the Bell Centre, we reserved 6,000 seats, and I am positive that our boxing show will be a sellout.”

Last month, Lemieux was expecting to fight at the MGM Grand hotel-casino in Las Vegas November 2nd, but the promoter of this event, the former world champion, Oscar De La Hoya, the big boss of the Golden Boy Promotions organization, could not find a match for the Montrealer. De La Hoya is the Lemieux’s promoter.

The main event of this major boxing show in Las Vegas will be a WBO light heavyweight (175 pounds) championship of the world opposing the Mexican Saul Canelo Alvarez (51-1-2) to the Russian Sergey Kovalev (34-3-1).

“The fact that Lemieux was not fighting in Las Vegas, pushed me to organize this boxing show of December 7th at Bell Centre,” said Estephan. “It will the first time in two years that we will have boxing at Bell Centre. No doubt, it will be a spectacular boxing show.”


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