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For Makhmudov & Rice It’s The Most
Important Fight Of Their Pro Boxing Careers

By Daniel Cloutier

MONTRÉAL - The Montrealer Russian Arslanbek Makhmudov and the Californian Jonathan Rice are considering both that it few hours, they will dispute the most important bout of their pro boxing career.

Friday evening in the ring of the Cabaret of the Montréal Casino, Makhmudov (7-0-0) will fight Rice (10-3-1) in a WBC Inter-Continental heavyweight championship. Makhmudov is a fighter of 6’6 and Rice 6’5.

“Yes, it’s the most significant bout of my pro boxing career, and I am ready for this challenge,” said Makhmudov. “I hope to be ranked eventually in the Top 10 of the international ratings, then, it’s crucial for me to keep my perfect record. I really want to score another KO, and I gonna fight with the intention to achieve it.’

Makhmudov scored KO or TKO in all of his pro boxing fights. Rice won six times by KO or TKO.

Rice replied: “For me too it’s the most important fight of my pro boxing career, and I am determinate to win it and return in California with the WBC Inter-Continental crown in my luggage. Makhmudov? He is certainly the most dangerous opponent I got so far, but no doubt in my mind, I gonna win it by KO or decision. I watched Makhmudov in action on videos, then, my team prepared the perfect strategy to win this fight. I really want to dispute a world championship bout in the years to come. To reach that goal, I got to win all my next bouts.”

The promoter of The Eye Of The Tiger Management Group in Montréal, Camille Estephan, is clearly impatient to assist to this boxing show.

“The fight Makhmudov-Rice should generate great action, because both fighters are considering crucial to win it, And the semi final of this boxing show, the bout between the super lightweight Mathieu Germain (16-0-1) and the Mexican Jose Eduardo Lopez Rodriguez (29-6-2), is also promising great action. I am positive that the boxing fans who will assist to this event won’t regret it.”

The referee for the main event will be the Montrealer Mike Griffin. The judges will be also three Montrealers: Nicolas Esnault, Jean Lapointe and Pasquale Procopio.

At the weigh in, supervised by the Quebec Athletic Commission (Régie provinciale des sports de combat), Makhmudov posted an official weight of 261 pounds, versus 256.4 for Rice.

Before the fights Makhmudov-Rice and Germain-Rodriguez, the preliminaries bouts will involved the Montrealer Russian super lightweight Batyr Jukembayev (15-0-0), the Montrealer female flyweight Kim Clavel (7-0-0), the super welterweight Raphael Courchesne (5-0-0), from Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec, the super middleweight Lesson Mathieu (2-0-0), from Québec City, the middleweight Clovis Drolet (9-0-0), also from Québec City, the light heavyweight Russian Arutyun Avetisyan (12-0-0) and the Russian middleweight Andrei Efremenko, who will make his pro debut.

Juikembayev will fight the Mexican Luis Jesus Vidales (13-6-0), Clavel will face the Argentinian Tamara Elizabeth Demarco (8-1-0), Drolet will meet the Mexican Michi Munoz (27-9-1) Courchesne will challenge Nestor Faccio (17-10-2), from Salto, Uruguay, Mathieu, a Montrealer, will be opposed to the Argentinian Hernan Perez (5-2-0), Avetisyan will fight the Argentinian Cesar Hernan Reynoso (156-12-4) and finally, Efremenko will dispute his first pro bout against the Mexican Viictor Herrera (5-1-2).

At the weigh in, Jukembayev posted an official weight of 144.4 pounds, Vidales 151.4, Clavel 107.4, Demarco 105.4, Drolet 155.6, Munoz 155.2, Courchesne 150.8, Faccio 149.6, Mathieu 167, Perez 162.7, Avetisyan 178.4 Reynoso 178.6, Efremenko 160.8 and Herrera 160 pounds.


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