Montreal - Eye of the Tiger Management, United Boxing Promotions and evenko, in association with Videotron, will be presenting on January 28 at Bell Centre a boxing card that will be highly anticipated considering the level of adversity and the calibre of each of the bouts scheduled. The event, highlighted by the unification bout for the WBA and IBF North American titles between young Quebec-based boxing star Steven Butler (18-0-1, 15 KOs) and no 5 on the WBA contenders' list Brandon Cook (17-0, 10 KOs), will also feature some of the most talented fighters from the Quebec province, including Simon Kean (7-0, 7 KOs), Yves Ulysse Junior (11-0, 8 KOs), Mathieu Germain (8-0, 5 KOs), Batyr Jukembayev (7-0, 6 KOs), Ayaz Hussain (11-1, 9 KOs), David Théroux (11-2, 8 KOs) and Ablaikhan Khussainov (4-0, 3 KOs) in confrontations that promise to be exciting and action-packed.
“Our priority has always been to put together quality fights for boxing fans. Quality fights, that means giving a good show, but it also means for us that we allow our boxers to face tough opponents so that they gain experience and continue to improve,” said Camille Estephan, President of Eye of the Tiger Management.
“When we sign up an athlete, it's because we believe in his potential to move up the world rankings all the way to the top. And we work very hard to make sure that every boxer on our team develops to his full potential. We are therefore very proud of the card we have put together for the January 28 event. We are convinced that boxing fans will find this event to be exciting, one where they will be on the edge of their seats from start to finish !” he added with conviction.
SIMON KEAN VS. AVERY GIBSON
As will Steven Butler, Olympian Simon Kean (7-0, 7 KOs) will be facing the greatest challenge of his career when he will come up against mighty American boxer Avery Gibson (8-5-4, 2 KOs) in an eight-round heavyweight bout. Gibson is a well-known figure in the Quebec province, having won his bout against Didier Bence in 2016 and having caused some commotion a few months later when he earned a tie against Éric Martel Bahoeli at Centre Vidéotron in Quebec City. Kean, who hails from Trois-Rivières, hopes to deliver on January 28 a convincing performance that could allow him to move up considerably in world rankings.
YVES ULYSSE JUNIOR VS. JOSE EMILIO PEREA
Yves Ulysse Junior (11-0, 8 KOs), for his part, will get the opportunity to avenge his teammate David Théroux, who lost to Jose Emilio Perea (24-7, 15 KOs) last October at Bell Centre. Ulysse will face the Mexican boxer in an eight-round bout in the super lightweight category.
MATHIEU GERMAIN VS. JUAN ARMANDO GARCIA
Mathieu Germain (7-0, 5 KOs) will be facing an opponent that will be fighting on Quebec soil for the fourth time, Mexico's Juan Armando Garcia (19-5-2, 12 KOs). Renowned as a solid and experienced boxer, Garcia has come up with several strong performances, including those against brothers Ayaz and Mian Hussain, and he should seriously put Germain to the test.
BATYR JUKEMBAYEV VS. DAVID RANGEL
Kazakhstan native Batyr Jukembayev (7-0, 6 KOs), who is rapidly coming up through the ranks and is one of the most promising up-and-comers of the division at the present time, will face tough Mexican boxer David Rangel (12-4, 8 KOs). Although he is still quite young, Rangel is a gritty and experienced opponent who fought for the WBC Junior world championship title and the WBC Fecombox title. Jukembayev will therefore need to have a methodical and smart approach to remain undefeated.
DAVID THÉROUX VS. FRANCISCO JAVIER PEREZ
Following his loss on October 22, Sorel native David Théroux (11-2, 8 KOs) will be looking to shine his brighest because he knows this fight will have a great impact on his future in boxing. But he will have a formidable opponent in front of him in Mexican slugger Francisco Javier Perez (16-8-1, 12 KOs), who sent Yves Ulysse Junior to the canvas in a bout held last September in Blainville.
ABLAIKHAN KHUSSAINOV VS. OSCAR MEJIA
Already a fan favourite because of the devastating power of his punches and his explosive style, Kazakhstan native Ablaikhan Khussainov (4-0, 3 KOs) will be taking part in his first six-round bout as he comes up against Mexico's Oscar Mejia (8-1-1, 3 KOs), who has lost only once since his controversial fight against American boxer John Delperdang.
Tickets for the January 28 gala at Bell Centre, which will feature Steven Butler against Brandon Cook for the unification of the IBF and WBA North American titles, as well as Quebec-based boxers Simon Kean, Yves Ulysse Junior, Mathieu Germain, David Théroux, Batyr Jukembayev and Ablaikhan Khussainov, are on sale starting at $50 on the evenko network at www.evenko.ca, or at the Bell Centre box office at 1-855-310-2525. For more information, please visit www.eottm.com, www.unitedpromotions.ca or call 514-632-5666.