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  Christian Mbilli Will Finally Face Jesus Antonio Gutierrez Velazquez On April 22 In New York

The duel of Christian Mbilli (17-0-0, 16 KOs) which was scheduled for March 18, 2021 in Puerto Rico against Ievgen Khytrov had to be canceled since the Ukrainian has not been able to get an optimal training camp considering the fact that he fought the Covid-19. Jesus Antonio Gutierrez Velazquez (27-4-2, 14 K.-O.) is the one who finally came to an agreement with the Mbilli clan to face him, on April 22, at the Military Academy of West Point in New York . In addition, their clash will be available exclusively on the Twitch web platform.

Jesus Antonio Gutierrez Velazquez was the one who accepted the challenge launched by the French Olympian's clan following Khytrov's withdrawal. Gutierrez is renowned for his aggressive boxing style, his rage to win, as well as his vast experience. A native of Tijuana, Mexico, the man nicknamed "La Joya" has faced excellent boxers such as Brazilian world contender Esquiva Falcao and Quebecer Steven Butler. He also surprised Ever Ramirez, who was undefeated in eight fights at the time of their clash. Gutierrez also gave Gabriel Rosado quite a war at the Stub Hub Center by giving sending him to the canvas during the 4th round. Jesus Gutierrez therefore represents a major challenge for Mbilli which will allow him to verify where he is currently positioned according to the elite of his division.

«After Khytrov’s cancellation, Christian never took his foot off the accelerator in the gym. He will therefore be ready on April 22nd to face Gutierrez,» said Mbilli’s coach, Marc Ramsay.

The Ring City and Eye of the Tiger promotion teams say the number of refusals to face Mbilli, which stands at 12 at the time of this writing, is a number that has never been seen so far in the history of the two organizations. However, Mbilli remained in training while his team tried to find him an opponent to substitute Khytrov. Few athletes have stepped forward to face him. Several elite super middleweight boxers were contacted including Steven Nelson, Vladimir Shishkin and Tureano Johnson. They all refused the fight, however. Mbilli’s team was delighted, however, when a man named Maksym Bursak accepted the offer from Eye of the Tiger Management. Unfortunately, the one who had offered a good opposition to David Lemieux on December 7, 2019 changed his mind the next day.

«At first, we were disappointed that Khytrov contracted Covid-19 at the start of his training camp and that it delayed his preparation for his fight on March 18 since Christian was ready for him. On the other hand, we know that Mbilli is very disciplined and doesn't mind facing anyone. So we contacted all the best boxers available to replace him. Gutierrez is the one who accepted among so many requests. We are therefore very happy to have been able to postpone Christian’s fight so quickly and to have obtained a quality opponent, » said EOTTM President, Camille Estephan.


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