Heavyweight action scheduled for Friday around North America

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Heavyweight action scheduled for Friday around North America

Tomorrow (Friday, March 29th), two heavyweight promoted by DiBella Entertainment will see action on separate cards. Canada-based Ukraiian Oleksandr Teslenko (15-0 with 12 KOs)  will face Brazil's Fabio Maldonado (26-1, 25 KOs) in a scheduled ten-round clash  at the Mattamy Events Center in Toronto. [Maldonado is the former MMA dude who pulled out of a fight vs. Nathan Gorman to take this one].  Meanqwhile, in Puerto Rico, Clayton Laurent Jr. (3-0 with 2 KOs) will return to action  in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico against German Garcia (4-1, 4 KOs) of Mexico,

The 26-year-old Teslenko, originally from Chernivtsi, Ukraine, now based in Toronto, capped his 2018 campaign with a third-round knockout of Edson Cesar Antonio in Quebec City, Teslenko had an amateur career in which he compiled a 224-23 record.

The upset-minded Maldonado will be looking to bounce back to the win column after facing his first defeat, losing a ten-round decision to Oscar Rivas, on December 1, 2018, in Quebec City..

Laurent represented his native U.S. Virgin Islands at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where he had the honor of being the country's flagbearer at the closing ceremonies.Trained by his stepfather, the legendary two-division world champion Julian "The Hawk" Jackson and standing 6'5", the 28-year-old Laurent Jr. started off his professional career iwith two knockouts. Managed by Philippe Fondu and Matt Lark, he is returning to battle following a four-round decision win versus Kenny Cruz Carasquillo in December in Puerto Rico. 

"There's already a lot of buzz about Ukrainian Oleksandr Teslenko and that will only intensify... A win tomorrow ensures that Teslenko will take that next step in his career as he chases his dream of becoming a world champion," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Trained by his future Hall-of-Famer stepfather Julian Jackson, Olympian Clayton Laurent Jr. has tremendous potential. He'll be facing an aggressive power puncher in German Garcia, as it's important for him to stay active and see different styles at this stage of his career. I expect another impressive win on Friday."