Canadian welterweight Marie-Pier Houle returns to the ring to face Valentina Keri
(MARCH 4) TROIS-RIVIERES, Canada Like so many other brave Ukrainians, Serhii El Flaco Bohachuk (20-1, 20 KOs) returned home to defend his country fighting alongside his compatriots against the Russian invasion, which forced his withdrawal from a scheduled March 25 showdown with Canadian super welterweight Mikal Zewski (35-2, 23 KOs).
Vidotron Coliseum in Trois-Rivières, Canada, will host its inaugural professional boxing event, starting at 7 p.m. ET, which is presented by Mise-O-Jeu, co-promoted by a Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) with Probellum, and in collaboration with Deacon Sports and Entertainment Ltd.
Bohachuk joins other Ukrainian fighters who have joined the fight, such as retired former world heavyweight champions Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, as well as reigning unified world heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk and three-time holder of the world title in 3 divisions Vasiliy Lomachenko.
Zewski, a former IBF North American champion and WBO NABO welterweight, is fighting at super welterweight for only the second time. His new opponent in the 10-round main event for the WBC Continental Americas Super Welterweight Championship is former world title challenger Carlos Chema Ocampo Manriquez (32-1, 20 KOs), of Mexico, whose only professional loss was in 2018 against IBF Welterweight World. Champion Errol Spence, Jr.
We salute Bohachuk’s courage to return home and fight with his compatriots in a real war, said GYM President Yvon Michel. Our hearts and prayers are with him and all Ukrainians to whom we wish peace. Mikael is still in a very tough fight against Manriquez, the WBO’s No. 8 ranked super welterweight.
Canadian welterweight Marie-Pier Houle (5-0-1, 2 KO), quickly returning to the ring after her recent triumph (February 24) over Yamilia Esther Reynoso by 6-round decision, to face the former world champion of kickboxing Valentina Keri (5-5, 0 KOs), from Serbia, in a 6 round bout.
GYM is thrilled to co-promote this stacked card with our partner, Probellum, in our boxing series. Not only do we have some of Canada’s best boxers in action, but we are also thrilled to have three Olympians fighting in separate bouts, Arthur Biyarslanov, Joseph Ward and Herbert Carvalho Sousa.
In the co-featured 10-round event, undefeated super lightweight Biyarslanov (9-0, 7 KOs) takes on Roberto Verdugo (10-3-1, 4 KOs), of Mexico. Fighting in Toronto, Biyarslanov represented Canada at the 2016 Olympics. Verdugo is undefeated in his last 6 fights with 5 wins and 1 draw.
Undefeated Irish super lightweight prospect Joseph Mighty Ward (6-1, 3 KOs) is to fight an opponent to be named in a 4 round match. Ward is a three-time European amateur champion, as well as representing Ireland at the 2016 Olympics.
Highly decorated Brazilian middleweight Herbert Caravalho Sousa will make his professional debut in a 4-way match against TBA. Sousa, 23, won gold at the 2020 Olympics and the 2019 World Championships.
Former Canadian National Amateur Champion Sébastien Bouchard (19-2, 8 KOs) meets Ricardo
Riky Lara (22-9, 10 KOs), from Mexico, in an intriguing 10 round bout. The popular Bouchard has won 10 of his last 11 fights.
Canadian heavyweight Alexis (4-0, 3 KOs) vs. Marco Antonio Canedo (4-1, 2 KOs) also fights on the undercard in a 6-round clash; Canadian rookie pro welterweight Spencer Wilcox vs. TBA, and Petar Gavrilovic (1-0, 0 KO) vs. Greg Weeks (3-1, 3 KOs) in a pair of 4-round matchups.
Tickets, starting at $25.00, are on sale and available for purchase at ticketmaster.ca. Prestigious seat reservations can also be made by calling (819) 519-1634.
Source: Yvon Michel Group
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