“The beginning of a great story”

“The beginning of a great story”


The big day has arrived for young Quebec boxer Wilkens Mathieu who, following in the footsteps of his big brother Lexson, will make his professional debut Thursday night at the Casino de Montréal.

On the eve of the clash, Mathieu swung the scales at 164 lbs, unlike 162.5 lbs for his Hungarian opponent Zsolt Birkas (0-0-1).

“This is going to be the start of a great story, my story, proclaimed the 18-year-old boxer. You are going to see something special and I advise everyone to arrive for the first fight at 7pm. ”

In an evening broadcast on TVA Sports to culminate in a duel between Erik Bazinyan (28-0, 21 K.-O.) and Alantez Fox (28-3-1, 13 K.-O.), Mathieu will only have four rounds to prove himself at super middleweight. That could be more than enough.

“I am happy to move on to professional boxing, said the man who grew up in Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, in the Quebec region. I'm ready, I've been training hard over the last few months with my trainer Mike Moffa. 

News from Lexson

Mathieu will also have the support of his family, including his brother Lexson. About his older brother, it is important to remember that he had won his first nine fights in professional boxing, eight of which by knockout, before prematurely abandoning his sports career for the business world. The former hope, whose last fight dates back to October 2020, does not seem to regret his choice.

Lexson Mathieu accompanies his younger brother Wilkens.

“I'm not coming back in the ring, I did what I had to do,” Lexson, 23, dressed like a fashion card, said when he met at Monday's press conference. My other brother Kensley and I are diverse, whether in cryptocurrency or a few other industries. We like investments. »  

The Mathieu brothers own the company Group Odace Holdings. 

About Wilkens' early days in boxing, Lexson is curious.

” I can't wait to see how he reacts in the ring “, he summed up.

” Lexson lived before me what I live these days -ci, for his part noted the young 18-year-old boxer. It's good, because he can give me advice. »

The heart of a mother

Their mother Marie-Josée Jobidon, a lawyer, is also excited on the eve of her youngest son's first fight.

“He's my baby and every time the stress starts again,” she said. I lived it with Lexson and now, with Wilkens, people make a lot of comparisons. They have different styles, but both are spectacular. »

Among the other boxers present at the weigh-in, the Mexican Carlos Gallego Montijo (8-4, 6 K.- O.) did not meet the 160 pound weight limit. With a surplus of one and a half pounds, he will have to pay 20% of his purse to his Quebec rival Alexandre Gaumont (6-0, 4 KOs).