By Richard Cloutier
BoxingScene.com/Netboxe.com was informed of that the undercard has been finalized for InterBox's big show on March 19 at the Bell Centre. Currently, there are nine fights planned for the show. The main match of the evening, which will be broadcast live on Showtime, will involve the seventh defense of the IBF super middleweight title by Lucian Bute (27-0), who will face optional challenger Brian Magee (34-3-1) of Ireland.
In the co-feature, lefty slugger Renan St-Juste (22-2-1), the NABO super middleweight champ, will face Colombian Fulgencio Zuniga (24-5-1). Zuniga replaced Edison Miranda, who withdrawn due to his inability to make the contractually agreed weight of 168-pounds.
Also on the card, Benoit Gaudet (23-2) will face Mexico's Adrian Verdugo (17-3-1). The latter has delivered eight fights in 2010, among which two of those three losses were were against Tony Luis and Logan McGuinness, the NABA lightweight champion. Qubec prospect Pier-Olivier Cote (14-0) will face Michael Lozada (37-7-1), who was recently measured against former world champion Paul Malignaggi at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec on December 18.
The former WBO champion Inter-Continental bantamweight Sebastien Gauthier (18-2-0) will cross swords with Mexican boxer Jovanny Soto-Ramirez (29-13-1), who was the WBA and WBC FECOMBOX champion. Montrealer Schiller Hippolite will make his professional debut in a battle that pits him against Ahmad Selemani (0-3-0) of Quebec. The current WBC mediterranean champ at featherweight, Viorel Simion Romanian (12-0), will take on Pedro Navarrete (25-10-3), who lost against Arash Usmanee on December 3 at the last Bell Centre card.
As for the boxers tied to Top Rank, California native Vanes "The Nightmare" Martirosyan (28-0), who is currently the unified NABA, NABO and WBA International champion, and Ontarian heavyweight Colin McFadden Fish, will face opponents to be confirmed.
As for those who hoped to see former world champion Adrian Diaconu in action, they are forced to wait a little longer. BoxingScene.com/Netboxe.com received confirmation that an extension period was granted for the WBC eliminator between Diaconu and Chris Henry. Diaconu is in the running to face Chad Dawson on May 21, on the undercard of the rematch between Jean Pascal and Bernard Hopkins.