Eye of the Tiger Management and the Shawinigan Cataractes will grant local boxing fans their wish by presenting the most-awaited bout of the year on the Canadian scene as Olympian Simon Kean (14-0, 13 KO) of Trois-Rivières will face hard-hitting fighter Adam Braidwood (12-1, 11 KO) of British Columbia. The event, which will be presented in conjunction with Vidéotron, Mise-o-jeu and KO Boxing, is set for Saturday, June 16 at Centre Gervais Auto in Shawinigan and will be broadcast by on-demand TV starting at 7 pm.


Made possible by a quite genuine rivalry between the two Canadian giants, who have been at war on social media for the last few months, this bout certainly promises to be explosive. According to EOTTM President Camille Estephan, this fight has all the makings of becoming the bout of the year in the country.


“These are two incredible athletes who are at the top of their physical form, who clearly hate each other and will give it their all in the ring in order to show they belong at the top of the greatest weight division in boxing,” said Estephan. “We are quite excited to be able to present to fans this fight which they have been asking for over the last year, on Simon's turf in the Mauricie area. And in that night's semifinal bout, Yves Ulysse Jr., who came up with an exceptional performance on HBO last December, will try to move up among the world's top-5 in the WBC super lightweight category. All the ingredients are there to guarantee an unforgettable evening !”


Simon Kean said he was very excited about this opportunity to settle things with Braidwood and that he intended to do it convincingly.


“Don't expect the June 16 fight to finish early. I want to torture Braidwood over 12 long and painful rounds, and send him to the canvas at the very end. I want him to pay dearly for everything he's said about me over the last few months. I will have no pity,” said Simon Kean with an aggressive tone.


Since his solid KO win over Eric Martel Bahoéli in February of 2017, Adam Braidwood is on a mission : he wants to dethrone Simon Kean from the top of Canadian rankings in the heavyweight division.


“Simon complains that he hasn't faced real adversity so far in the pro ranks. I can guarantee that it will be different on June 16, when he will at last be faced with a real test. We will see if he can take a punch, and also if he is as promising as they say he is,” added Adam Braidwood. “Don't misunderstand me. I wasn't in great shape and I had trained very little when I faced Eri Martel-Bahoéli. This time, I am highly motivated and I've been doing double duty in the gym. Simon will need to have a good game plan to come out of it well.”


Tickets for the June 16 Kean vs. Braidwood gala at Centre Gervais Auto will be on sale on Friday, April 20 at 10:00 on the Ovation network via or at the Centre Gervais Auto ticket office. More details about the full schedule of the event, which will also feature Yves Ulysse Junior, Ablai Khussainov, Nurzat Sabirov, Sadriddin Akhmedov, François Pratte and more, will be unveiled at a later date. For more information, please visit