Montreal – Following in teammates Lucian Bute and Sebastien Gauthier footsteps, it is now up to the hard hitting Pier-Olivier Côté (17-0-0, 11 KO) to answer the call and get ready to face the best opponent of his career. On November 5th at the Pepsi Colisee, the man they call “Apou” will step into the ring against Jorge Luis Teron (25-2-1, 17 KO) with the IBF Intercontinental 140 pound title on the line.
A former 3-time Golden Gloves Champion in the amateur ranks in the State of New York, Teron, 26 years old, will fight outside the United States for the first time in his career. One of Teron`s only two losses came at the hands of current WBA Lightweight champion Brandon Rios (28-0-0, 21 KO). Teron and Côté have a common opponent in Michael Lozada. Côté disposed of Lozada in less than a round last March, while Teron beat him by TKO in the 6th round back in 2008.
Pier-Olivier Côté`s streak of 4 consecutive victories by knockout came to an end last July 9th 2011 in Bucharest, Romania where he scored a unanimous decision against “tough as nails” boxer Pedro Navarrete. Côté is no stranger to big fights in his own backyard of Quebec City. On November 2009 he captured the Canadian Lightweight championship title with a unanimous decision against Jason Hayward.
“I am extremely proud to be fighting for an IBF title. This fight is in my City and I wish November 5th was tomorrow! I am already in training, and have already begun looking at tapes of my opponent. This is a big challenge for me, as Teron has lots of experience but I have to beat him in order to get to the next level” states Pier-Olivier Côté.
« Pier-Olivier is a big part of our future and we want to test him in significant challenges to assure his progression to the top of his division. This bout against Teron will be in his own backyard, where he will have the support of the crowd. A victory on November 5th, which is far from a given, will open new doors for Pier-Olivier`s career. Our November 5th Gala is starting to take shape, and I believe all sports enthusiasts will be excited about Bute vs. Johnson, Gauthier vs. Molitor and Côté vs. Teron” declares Interbox President Mr. Jean Bédard.
Tickets on sale September 17th
Tickets for the November 5th Bute vs, Johnson InterBox Gala go on sale on Saturday, September 17th. Tickets will be available at the Pepsi Colisee box office, at the Billetech network by dialing 418-691-7211 –or-toll free at 1-800-900-SHOW –or-by visiting www.billetech.com –or-at the Club de Boxe Champion (514-376-0980). Members of Club Cage (Cage-aux-Sport Infoletter) and the Quebec Remparts Hockey Club will benefit from an exclusive pre-sale as of Monday, September 12th.
InterBox`s November 5th Gala will be broadcast on Showtime Championship Boxing Bute vs. Johnson only) throughout the United States. In Canada, the entire Gala will be available on Pay-Per-View (Canal Indigo, Bell TV and SHAW). The entire card will also be available at all Cage-aux-Sports restaurant/bar locations throughout Quebec as well as at select commercial establishments. An International broadcast will be available as well.