This is the culmination of an entire year of work for Eye of the Tiger Management’s team who wanted to end the year 2019 with a bang by presenting a mega-gala at the Bell Center. The event, which will take place on Saturday, December 7th, will be showcasing the organization's headliners, with three main events featuring the slugger David Lemieux and top heavyweights Arslanbek Makhmudov and Simon Kean.
"We are very proud to present this event, which is very special for us because it represents the fruit of nearly a year of labour for both the organization and our boxers. It embodies our desire to surpass ourselves in order to present exciting and spectacular fights not only in order to ensure the progress of our athletes but also to give the absolute best to boxing fans," says EOTTM president, Camille Estephan.
In the main event of the evening, heavy hitting David Lemieux (40-4, 34 K.-O.) will make a comeback in Quebec for the first time since his bout with Karim Achour in May 2018 this will equally be his first fight at the 168 lb division. "I am very excited to come back and fight at home, in front of my loved ones and my fans. I feel I’m at the peak of my fitness and I plan to give my everything in order to offer a memorable evening to boxing fans. "
The Russian giant Arslanbek Makhmudov (9-0, 9 KOs) will defend his NABF heavyweight title against the one they call "The Nigerian Nightmare" in reference to his reputation as a heavy handed slugger, Samuel Peter (38- 8, 31 KO). The former Nigerian- born world champion has clashed swords with some of the biggest names in the heavyweight division including Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko as well as Hughie Fury. An experienced and tough opponent who undoubtedly represents the biggest career challenge yet for EOTTM's exciting protégé.
Simon Kean (17-1, 16 KOs) will also be facing an important test as he faces former WBO World Champion, Siarhei "White Wolf" Liakhovich (27-7, 17 KOs). A representative of Belarus at the 1996 Olympics, bronze medalist at the 1997 world championships, Liakhovich had an impressive amateur career in which he had a record of 145 wins and only 15 losses. He continued his progression among the professional ranks by going up against the elite of the division including none other than Andy Ruiz Jr., Deontay Wilder, Bryant Jennings and Shannon Briggs.
"We have carefully selected the athletes who will take part in the event, based on the consistency and progression they have experienced throughout the year. Many of our boxers really impressed us, either by their development or their performance. So we can expect fireworks on December 7th as they will want to shine in front of their fans at the Bell Center," said Estephan.
Kim Clavel (10-0, 2 KOs), who has experienced a meteoric rise since her jump to the professionals and who continues to dazzle boxing fans with her spectacular performances, will have the opportunity to climb significantly in the world rankings as she will have the chance to fight for her first belt. Sadriddin Akhmedov (9-0, 8 KOs), Raphaël Courchesne (8- 0, 3 KOs), Lexson Mathieu (6-0, 5 KOs), Mathieu Germain (17- 1-1, 8 KOs), Avery Martin Duval (3-0, 2KOs) and Adam Braidwood (14-2, 13 KOs) will also be part of the card. The opponents will however be revealed in the coming weeks.
Tickets for this mega gala on Saturday December 7th will be on sale Friday, October 11th at 12:00 pm at www.evenko.ca or at the Bell Center’s box office. Presented by Eye of the Tiger Management in association with Videotron, Mise-o-jeu and evenko, the entire event will be broadcasted live online at www.punchinggrace.com. For more information, visit www.eottm.com or follow EOTTM on Facebook @Eye of the Tiger Management, Instagram @eottm_boxing or on Twitter @eotmvd.