Press Release: The Jose Sulaiman WBC World Invitational Tournament takes place Saturday, August 25th at Budweiser Stage in Toronto, Canada. The undercard will feature the pro debut of 2016 Canadian Olympian Arthur Biyarslanov who will take on Mexico's Jair Baltazar (1-1) in a four-round junior welterweight contest. Biyarslanov was also the 2015 Pan American Games champion. Now training in Montreal, Biyarslanov will return to Toronto to begin his highly anticipated professional career. On the same card, one of Quebec's most popular and accomplished fighters, Dierry Jean (29-2-1, 20 KOs), will return to the ring after a two-year layoff in a six-round welterweight contest against Mexico's Abraham Gomez (28-16-1, 13 KOs).
In an exciting crossroads showdown, Alex Dilmaghani (17-1, 6 KOs) will face Halifax's Tyson Cave (31-3, 13 KOs), who is on seven-fight win streak since his controversial split decision loss for the WBA interim title. That fight is set for ten rounds at 130 pounds.
Kane Heron (11-0-1, 5 KOs) will return to the ring for his third fight of 2018 as he looks to expand his growing following against Argentina's Maximiliano Scalzone (16-2-1, 12 KOs) in an eight-round welterweight contest.
Quebec's Mazlum Akdeniz (5-0, 2 KOs) will continue his fast-tracked career against Mexico's Javier Pena (13-11-1, 6 KO) in a six-round welterweight contest.
By popular demand, in a rematch of one the most exciting bouts in Canada's women's boxing history, Toronto native, Shelly Barnett (4-0-1) will face Mexico's Guadalupe Rodriguez (3-1-1). Their action-packed first contest in Toronto ended in a draw in April and both 118 pounders have agreed to go at it again.
Ukraine's 3-time national amateur champion, Oleksandr Shytyi will make his pro debut against Calgary's Markhaile Wedderburn (2-3, 2 KO) in a four-round cruiserweight bout.
Neeraj Goyat (9-2-2) of India will make his North American debut against an opponent to be named in a six-round bout. Ioannis Birmpilis (3-0) will also face an opponent to be named in a six-round junior middleweight bout.
The Jose Sulaiman Tournament's alternate fighter, Russia's Radzhab Butaev (9-0, 8 KOs) will fight an opponent to be named in an eight-round welterweight contest, but he will be elevated to the tournament if any of the four semi-finalists fail to make weight or suffer a last minute injury. Butaev is replacing the tournament's original alternate, Sergey Lubkovich, who suffered an injury forcing him to withdrawal from the tournament.
"This is hands down the best undercard I have matched in my entire promotional career," explains the promoter, Lee Baxter.
"It's a who's who of Canadian fighters, from prospects to contenders, all in competitive fights on literally the biggest stage of their careers. Several of these fighters have massive followings and to put them together on one event will create an electric atmosphere. This truly will be the boxing event of the summer in Canada, and, as the first fight card to take place at such a legendary and beautiful concert venue, it will be a historic night in Toronto boxing history."
The Jose Sulaiman World Invitational Tournament, named after the late president of the WBC, is a single elimination bracket style tournament created by The Real Deal Boxing where eight high-level welterweights representing different countries, compete over the course of three events to declare one winner who will be in position to fight for the WBC world title in 2019.
On Saturday, August 25th in Toronto, the quarterfinal winners will face each other when South Africa’s Chris Van Heerden (26-2-1) takes on Ghana’s Fredrick Lawson (27-1) and the USA’s Brad Solomon (28-1) faces Mexico’s Francisco Santana (25-6-1).
To combat one of boxing’s biggest issues, inexplicable if not downright awful judging and scorecards, the tournament features 5 judges as opposed to the regular 3. One for each side of the ring as well as one judge who watches the fight on a monitor with no sound. Halfway through the fight, scorecards are announced to the audience and the fighters so everyone is aware of how the 5 judges are viewing the bout. The first round of the tournament did not have a single controversial decision in 5 back to back 10-round fights and several fights had distinct momentum shifts after the cards were announced at the half way point. The Real Deal Boxing also developed a standardized scoring system that is given to judges in advance which clearly defines the way a round should be scored to eliminate any subjectivity from the equation. Last but not least, any bouts that end in a draw immediately head to a 11th and final round that judges must give to one of the fighters.
A nearly universal request from fighters, fans and the entire boxing community, the tournament uses instant replay. In the case of a controversial or potentially wrong call, the incident in question is reviewed in between rounds, allowing officials to get it right every time. Instant replay helps assure the bout’s outcome and scorecards are never affected by a missed call, be it a slip ruled as a knockdown or a cut from an accidental headbutt ruled as punch or vice versa.