On November 23rd, the Videotron Center in Quebec City host Marie-Ève Dicaire (16-0, 0 KOs) defending her IBF 154-pound championaship for the third time against Ogleidis Suarez (29-3-1, 13 KOs) from Venezuela. Also featured will be Mikael Zewski (33-1, 22 KOs) in a welterweight contest against Georgia's Brad "King" Solomon (28-1-0, 9 KOs). In another welterweight battle, Quebec City favorite Sebastien Bouchard (18-1-0, 8 KOs) will battle Montreal's Ayaz Hussain (13-1-0, 10 KOs).
"The Videotron Center is a special place for me," Dicaire said. "On December 1st, I wrote a page of history and this moment will remain engraved forever in my memories. To come back here almost a year later is very significant. I am happy and especially excited to have the chance to be able to demonstrate to my supporters the result of a year of effort and hard work."
As a bonus, fans will also see the WBA's 154-pound champion, Hanna Gabriels (20-2-1, 11 KOs) against an opponent be announced. The plan is for a unification fight in March 2020 at the Videotron Center between Dicaire and Gabriels provided they both retain their titles.
"I'm pleased to see that my team is doing everything in its power to allow me to get back into the ring as soon as possible," Gabriels commented. "For the first time in my career, I have a winning combination with an outstanding manager, Hector Fernandez, in addition to my promoter, DiBella Entertainment. I am very close to my goal of becoming the unified champion in my division. Of course, I will focus first on winning my fight on November 23rd. Then, I want to face the other champions in my category who dare to face me. If Miss Dicaire wants to be first, I'll be happy to beat her at home. It is a dream for me to fight in Canada, an extraordinary country. "
"I am pleased that Hanna Gabriels will be able to defend her title in Quebec City at this major event organized by my friend Yvon Michel," added Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Hanna Gabriels and Marie-Ève Dicaire are two of the most talented women in professional boxing. A unification between these two athletes would be one of the biggest fights on the female sports scene. On the other hand, the two champions must win their duels of November 23rd before thinking about the next stage."
For his part, Zewski is happy to return to Quebec City: "I am very happy and excited to be returning to Quebec to show people that I am part of the elite division and continue to climb the rankings. I expect strong opposition from Solomon. I am ready for the challenge."
Bouchard wants to make Quebec vibrate for his 5th battle at the Videotron Center: "I have never been excited by local battles, but I know that fans are constantly asking for them. Yvon and I decided to hold this duel to make Quebec City and the Videotron Center vibrate on November 23 and thus thank the boxing fans for their continued support. "
"We are very happy to be returning to the Videotron Center for Marie-Eve's fourth world championship bout," GYM president Yvon Michel remarked. "She won this IBF title on December 1st, right here in Quebec, under circumstances we know. With the participation of Zewski, Bouchard and Gabriels, there are four championship fights on this loaded, including two world title fights. It will be an evening rich in talent and very decisive for its participants. The show will be a fantastic evening of boxing, a can't missed event for fans."
"The Videotron Center has a special relationship with Marie-Eve Dicaire," noted Martin Tremblay, Chief Operating Officer of Quebecor Sports and Entertainment Group. "We look forward to another great event on November 23, when the first woman's world title fight will headline a boxing event at a major Amphitheater. The local component is also important for this gala event. We are excited about the opportunity for Sébastien Bouchard to win his first North American title in front of his Quebec fans."