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Makhmudov: "The Most Significant
Fight Of My Pro Boxing Career"


By Daniel Cloutier


MONTRÉAL - The Montrealer Russian Arslanberk Makhmudov will dispute the most important fight of his pro boxing career May 17th at the Montréal Casino.A fighter of 6’6’’ and 250 pounds, Makhmudov (6-0-0) will fight the Californian Jonathan Rice (10-3-1) in a WBC InterContinental championship.

Makhmudov scored KO or TKO in his six pro bouts. Rice obtained six wins by KO or TKO in 14 pro bouts. ”I really feel I am ready for a significant bout in spite of my lack of experience,” said Makhmudov. “I will be perfectly prepared for this challenge, mentally, physically and technically, and I am positive I will win my first title in pro boxing May 17th. Rice is certainly a good opponent, he is strong puncher, but trust me, I will do the necessary to dominate the action May 17th. This InterContinental championship is the first important step in my pro boxing career, and I want to maintain my progression until the moment I will become world champion.”

Rice saw Makhmudov in action few times on videos. “Makhmudov is a big man, but I am too,” said Rice. He is 6’6’’, I am 6’5’’. He is strong physically, I am too. I don’t know who is the best technically between him and me, we will see it May 17th, but I am sure I am a stronger puncher than him. I really believe I gonna beat him by KO or TKO May 17th.”

“Makhmudov is certainly one of the best prospect of the Canadian pro boxing, then, we really feel he is ready now for an InterContinental championship,” said the promoter of The Eye Of The Tiger Management Group, Camille Estephan. “We are expecting an exciting fight, then, the Montréal boxing fans should reserve their place as soon as possible at the Casino Cabaret.”

Just before the fight Makhmudov-Rice, the Montrealer super lightweight Mathieu Germain (16-0-1) will proceed to the first defense of his IBF 140 pounds North American championship in facing the veteran Mexican Eduardo Lopez Rodriguez (29-6-2). Germain won this title last January at the Montréal Casino, in beating Steve Claggett (27-5-2), from Calgary, Alberta, by split decision in 10 rounds.

The others fighters involved in the preliminaries fights of the evening May 17th will be: the Montrealer Russian super lightweight Batyr Juikembayev (15-0-0), the middleweight (160 pounds) Clovis Drolet (9-0-0), from Québec City, the Montrealer light flyweight (106 pounds) female Kim Clavel ((7-0–0), the super welterweight (154 pounds) Raphael Courchesne (5-0-0), from Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec, and the super middleweight (168 pounds) Lexson Mathieu (2-0-0), from Québec City.



 

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