Press Release: Lee Baxter Promotions is coming home to the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto on November 17th. In the main event, local favorite Kane Heron (11-0-1) takes on Argentinean welterweight Maximiliano Leonel Scalzone (16-2-1) in a fight originally scheduled for August 25th. The time since has seen both men extend already intensive training camps, the results of which will be showcased under the lights.
Baxter believes the venue is quickly becoming renowned for hosting great Canadian boxing. "We’ve got a great night of domestic match-ups; a lot of local talent on a pretty stacked card.”
Baxter feels that the time off has seen Heron hone the raw talent necessary to make an impact at 147 pounds. “To be honest, Kane wasn’t taking training as seriously as he should—and I felt it showed in his last outing. He knows I’m invested in his career, and he’s rededicated himself to proving he’s got what it takes to compete at an elite level.”
The last Danforth card saw tickets sell out the week before the event. With leanings on local prospects, Baxter expects these fights to have the same reception. “The Toronto community is really getting behind these events. Canadian fight fans know where to find up and coming talent—and we’re endeavoring to showcase fighters on the verge of breakout success.”
Ireland’s Lee Reeves, is set to make his pro debut on the card at 152 pounds. With a combination of technical skill, swagger, and an excellent 121-9 amateur record, the 23-year-old is looking to replicate early success in his first pro campaign. Already a two-time Irish national champion—as well as a European amateur champion—Reeves comes to Canada with all the trappings of a potential superstar.
The same holds true for Greek import Johnny Birmpilis (4-0). Having made Toronto his adopted home this year, the junior middleweight has found support from the Greek-Canadian community, one quick to embrace the fighter’s tenacious style and devastating right hand. Facing a seasoned Diego Adrian Marocchi (18-3-1) of Argentina, Johnny hopes to hear the roar of the home crowd as he seeks to remain undefeated.
In addition to the featured fighters, the undercard is bolstered with an array of local talent: Canadians Ross Mylet (3-0) and Roxie Lam (7-3) square off; Toronto’s Shelly Barnett (4-0-1) makes an appearance in a feature bout, and Godfrey Nyero (1-1-0) clashes with PG Tondo (0-2-1) in a rematch of their thrilling bantamweight bout won by Nyero.