Cloutier’s Canada Corner
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.