PASCAL TUNING UP FOR BUTE ON STEVENSON-CLOUD UNDERCARD
Eleider Alvarez, David lemieux also added to Septmber 28th bill
Press Release: Last week, Canadian promoter GYM confirmed that world light heavyweight champion Adonis "Superman" Stevenson (21-1-0 , 18 KOs), will defend his crown for the first time against ex-IBF titlist Tavoris "Thunder" Cloud (24-1-0, 19 KOs) at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Saturday, September 28th. It will be broadcast live worldwide by HBO Sports. Now GYM has announced the undercard will include a former world light heavyweight champion, Jean Pascal (22-2-1, 16 KOs) facing George Blades (23-4-2, 16 KOs). Pascal will be fighting for the first time since defeating Aleksy Kuziemski in December, 2012.
"There is no doubt that Pascal's participation will add interest to the event," GYM president Yvon Michel said. "After consulting with all closely involved with Jean, we have come to the conclusion that his presence on the September 28th event would not only benefit hi career, but also provide optimal preparation for his mega-fight against Lucian Bute on January 18th. The benefits gained by his presence in the ring far outweighs the potential risks."
The 39-year-old Blades has been boxing professionally since 1999. From 1999 to 2007, he won 20 of his first 22 pro fights. In June 2007, he got a title opportunity against WBO 175-pound champion Zsolt Erdei, who stopped Blades in the 11th round in Hungary. Blades has won his last two fights, most recently at home in Indiana against James Morrow (12-19-3).
Another world light heavyweight bout on the Sept. 28th event will feature Eleider "Storm" Alvarez (12-0, 8 KOs) against Colombian Edison "Pantera" Miranda (35-8-0, 30 KOs).
Alvarez won his last three fights by knockout, the last two against world-rated challengers Danny McIntosh and Nicholson Poulard. He is seeking a world championship fight in the short term against explosive WBO champion Sergey Kovalev (22-0-1, 20 KOs). Miranda is a dangerous puncher who, after an early meteoric rise in which he had two unsuccessful world title shots, seeks to revive his career. According to his promoter, Leon Margules, Miranda is doubling in training regiment: "Edison is 32 years old and he is aware that he must absolutely win Sept. 28 because it is his last chance. For that reason he is training in Florida with more determination than ever. Because Alvarez and Miranda are both Colombians, their fight is so much more personal, passionate and emotional for both warriors."
Another fighter on the Sept. 28th show is middleweight David Lemieux (29-2, 28 KOs). His opponent is upset-minded Marcus Upshaw (15-10-2, 7 KOs), who is well known in Quebec for defeating Renan St-Juste in Quebec City in 2010. "Standing 6' 4'' and with his style, it is possible that David looks bad at times, but this is the kind of strong and complicated opponent that will allow David to grow," noted Lemieux' trainer Marc Ramsay. Lemieux has won his last four fights by knockout, fighting a total of only six rounds during this stretch.
Antonin Decarie's (27-2, 7 KOs ) last two fights aired on HBO and, despite losing his last fight to Argentinian Carlos Abregu (35-1-0, 28 KOs), the 30-year-old Decarie showed the right stuff to evolve into a world title contender, proving the WBC #11 welterweight still has a very promising career. In an eight-round, stay busy fight on Sept. 28, Decarie will meet Belgian Cedrik Spera (10-2-0, 2KOs).
147-pounder Kevin Bizier (20-0-0, 14 KOs) will also be in action Sept. 28th after fully recovering from a painful ankle sprain. His opponent will be announced shortly. Bizier be one of the main headliners of an event GYM plans to present in Quebec City in November.
Finally, the Sept. 28th event will also showcase former world amateur champion Artur Beterbiev (1-0-0, 1 KO) in a six-round bout in the light heavyweight division.
Tickets are on sale at the Bell Centre, on www.evenko.ca, at GYM (514) 383-0666 or club Boxing Champion (514) 376-0980.