By Luke Furman
Installed in the WBC's top 15 just a few days, welterweight contender Mikael Zewski (31-1, 22 KOs) will face a former world champion in his next fight.
The contest takes place on the 1st of December at the Videotron Center in Canada, as part of the undercard that features Adonis Stevenson defending the WBC light heavyweight title against undefeated mandatory challenger Oleksandr Gvozdyk.
The 29-year-old is set to collide with Ali Funeka (39-10-3, 31 KOs), a 40-year-old South African with 52 career fights, seven of which were world title affairs.
Funeka, a former IBO lightweight champion who saw his best days at 135, has lost his last five in a row but has only been stopped twice in his career.
"It's not Mayweather or Pacquiao, but it's still a well-known name in the boxing world with a very good track record. The kind of big name that would go well on my record," said Zewski, in an interview with Le Nouvelliste.
"This is the victory that will lead me to big fights. My name is already mixed in with other big names. But first I have to win."
At 40, the best years of Funeka are inevitably behind him. We must also go back to July 24, 2016 to trace his last victory.
"When I looked at his record, I noticed his consecutive losses. But in these fights, he has always been competitive. He faced several good prospects in their countries, so he was at a disadvantaget. One thing is certain, he will not be here to lose on December 1st," said Zewski.
"It will be the first time in my career that I'm going to face a guy bigger than me. He's a guy who shows up everywhere to win. And guys like me, he saw others like. I will have to adjust myself."
Also on that card, Sebastien Bouchard, Oscar Rivas and Marie-Eve ??Dicaire will see action.
Luke Furman covers boxing for bokser.org