On February 19, Eye of the Tiger kicks off 2022 with a bang at the Cabaret du Casino de Montreal, where fans will witness the team’s most promising hopefuls in action at the first event of a series highlighting the organization’s ten-year anniversary.

Alexandre Gaumont, Thomas Chabot, Luis Santana, Avery Martin-Duval and Leila Beaudoin will go to war on the undercard of the two main-event headliners. In the first, Arslanbek Makhmudov will battle Mariusz Wach for the NABF and NABA heavyweight titles, while Simon Kean will face off against Shawndell Winters in the second.

In his third pro fight, Buckingham slugger Alexandre Gaumont (2-0, 1 KOs) will have a significant hurdle to overcome when he confronts tough veteran Edgar Romero Mora (11-12-3, 8 KOs). The fight will allow the Gatineau native to not only gain experience, but also display his skill and competence.   

“Gaumont’s fight will mark the end of an era for him, and a transition into a new phase of training and development. He’ll be facing a seasoned opponent, as will all the boxers on the undercard. These progress fights will allow them to gain the necessary experience to step up to the next level of their career, show fans the extent of their talent and provide superlative entertainment”, explains Marc Ramsay, development director and head trainer at EOTTM.    

Thomas Chabot (5-0, 5 KO) will confront Maximino Toala (15-10-1, 6 KOs) in a six-round super featherweight duel. This will not be the Mexican boxer’s first visit to Canada, who was the first to defeat Canadian pugilist Mohammed Abedeen, and proved a worthy opponent to Josh O’Reilly, Golden Garcia, and Helmand Meran Alekozai. He has also confronted world lightweight champion Devin Haney. 

Chabot’s team chose his opponent very carefully, as Toala is tough and unyielding and is know to go the distance. Indeed, the Thetford boxer will have to be attentive and vigilant for the length of the fight. “Toala has endurance, aggression and brute strength, as he usually fights in a heavier weight category. We chose him so that Thomas would have the opportunity to work his defence. In the past, Thomas would fight like a steamroller, ending the fight by KO. This time around, we want his fans to seem him get the same result in a different way,” explained his trainer, Vincent Auclair.     

Luis Santana (4-0-0, 2 KOs) will cross swords with Brandon Garcia Orozco (4-1-0, 3 KO), a physically imposing adversary with excellent ring displacement. The EOTTM recruit will have to use his wits to control the distance    and master ring generalship if he is to overcome his opponent.

In the curtain raiser, Avery Martin-Duval (5-0-1, 3 KO) will fight his first professional 6-round bout against Francisco Javier Lucero (10-3-4, 7 KO).