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Jukembayev Will Fight Ricardo Lara
Today At The Montréal Casino

By Daniel Cloutier

MONTRÉAL - Ranked eight contender by the IBF in the super lightweight division (140 pounds), the Montrealer Batyr Jukembayev, a fighter coming from Kazakstan, will be involved in the main event of the pro boxing show presented by The Eye Of The Tiger Management Group Saturday evening at the Montréal Casino Cabaret. WBA and IBF Continental Americas champion, Jukembayev (17-0-0) will fight the Mexican Ricardo Lara (22-7-0) in the 10 rounds bout.

“I really want to maintain my progression in the international boxing ratings, then, I got to stay undefeated,” said Jukembayev before the weigh in. “I will fight with intensity, concentration and determination to keep my perfect pro record. I am impatient to be in the ring.”

The promoter of The Eye Of The Tiger Management Group, the Montrealer Camille Estephan, said: “Originally, Jukembayev was supposed to fight the Argentinian Maximiliano Ricardo Veron (12-3–0), but Veron has been unable to obtain a visa to come in Canada. Lara was supposed to face the Canadian Steve Claggett soon, but Claggett is out because an injury. Then, I proposed to Lara to fight Jiukembayev, and hje said yes. I am positive we will have an intense main event.”

At the weigh in, supervised by the Québec Athletic Commisision (Régie provinciale des sports de combat), Jukembayev posted an official weight of 141.6 pounds, versus 139.8 for Lara.

The referee for the main event will be Steve Saint-Germain, from Sorel, Québec, the judges will be the Montrealers Jean Lapointe, Marie-Josée Guérin and Sylvain Leblanc.

Just before the main event, the super welterweight (154 pounds) Clovis Drolet, from Québec City, will face the Egyptian MPonda Kalunga (7-2-0), who lives in Toronto.

The cruiserweight Artur Ziyatdinov (11-0-0), a Montrealer Russian, will be opposed to the Argentinian Cesar Hernan Reynoso (16-13-4) in a 10 rounders.

The middleweight Vincent Thibault (9-0-0), from Québec City, will fight the Mexican Genaro Ortiz (10-7-2) in a eight rounders.

Jordfan Balmir, a super welterweight (154 pounds) from Drummondville (a city located between Montréal and Québec City), will face the Mexican Omar Andrade (6-6-3), the super featherweight (130 pounds) Thomas Chabot, from Thetford Mines, Québec, will make his pro debut in facing the Polish Robert Niedzwiedzki (0-1-1), the heavyweight Adam Dyczka (1-0-0), from Granby, Québec, will challenge the Mexican Jose Manuel Paredes (3-4-3) and finally, in the only female bout of the evening, the featherweight (126 pounds) Martine Vallières-Bisson (1-0-0) will face the Mexican Adilene Martinez Herrera (1-0-0).

At the weigh in, Drolet posted an official weight of 155.8 pounds, Kalunga 155.8, Ziyatdinov 180, Reynoso 178.6 Thibault 164.8, Ortiz 170, Balmir 153.6, Andrade 150.8, Chabot 129, Niedzwiedzki 127.6, Dyczka 274.6, Paredes 263, Vallières-Bisson 125.3 and finally, Herrera 123.7 pounds.


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