Boxing behind closed doors: an eye on the Canadian

Boxing behind closed doors: an eye on the Canadian

The promoter Camille Estephan does not intend to change his plans despite the new confinement that will begin in the coming days in Quebec.

• Read also: GYM: plans in motion

As planned for a few weeks, Eye of the Tiger Management will present a gala on January 30 in Mexico. Initially, this event was to be held in the Montreal area.

Due to COVID-19 statistics which were on the rise, Estephan had decided to be a good player with public health and the population. He chose not to make a request and to move his gala to the South.

With the announcement of Prime Minister François Legault expected Wednesday, there is a very good chance that he will have to perform the same maneuver with his card which is on the program for February 20.

“Before, I will look at the situation of the Canadiens, who must play their home games at the Bell Center in the coming weeks,” said Estephan in a telephone interview on Tuesday. If he does it behind closed doors, why couldn’t we present galas in Quebec?

“For me, that goes without saying. For us, this new confinement will not change our plans. Our boxers are going to see some action as planned. “

Equivalent expenditure

Since last March, Estephan insists that he wants to continue to present events on Quebec soil. He wants to keep the boxing economy in Quebec.

On the other hand, he had no choice but to look to Mexico to allow his boxers to continue their ascent on the international scene.

Financially, the budget is similar, regardless of whether the event takes place in Quebec or Mexico.

“The expenses are almost equivalent. There are things you don’t pay for in Mexico, but those savings go into buying plane tickets. It is almost the same in both countries.

“If I was given the choice between the two destinations, I would present the gala in Quebec. I prefer to give the business to our partners. “

Estephan adds that his company will also be presenting events in Russia in the coming months.

Eight minor titles?

To return to the January 30 gala, the promoter is placing his pawns so that Steven Butler and Sadriddin Akhmedov can climb in the world rankings during the coming months.

“We’re waiting for some answers, but there could be up to eight minor titles at stake during their fights,” said Estephan. At the moment, we have confirmation for six. I’m not a historian, but it must be a record.

“My goal is to move Steven and Sadriddin up the rankings of the four sanctioning bodies at the same time. We have big ambitions for them. ”

  • EOTTM’s most recent acquisition, Alexandre Gaumont, has a good chance of playing his first professional fight on February 20 in Mexico.
  • On the side of Erik Bazinyan, negotiations are still ongoing with Golden Boy for a return to the ring in February. We are talking about a fight that would be presented on February 13 in California.
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