The COVID-19 pandemic has prevented struggle playing cards from going down in Canada, however that has not stopped Eye of the Tiger Administration from selling struggle playing cards.
The Montreal-based firm will promote their subsequent card Friday night time (June 4) on the Vacation Inn in Cuernavaca, Mexico. In the primary occasion of the four-bout card, former IBF middleweight titleholder and tremendous middleweight contender David Lemieux, who’s ranked No. 7 by The Ring, will sq. off towards David Zegarra in a 10-round bout.
Your complete card can be streamed reside on Punching Grace (8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT). Eye of the Tiger went to Mexico to placed on a present in January, and this occasion would be the third one for the corporate in 2021.
Within the co-feature, unbeaten tremendous middleweight Erik Bazinyan will face gatekeeper Scott Sigmon in a 10-round bout. Additionally, once-beaten heavyweight Simon Kean will sq. off towards Don Haynesworth in an eight-round bout.
“David, Erik, and Simon are on the doorstep of world title fights,” mentioned Camile Estephan, president of Eye of the Tiger Administration. “It’s subsequently essential for us to maintain them lively with high quality opponents.”
Lemieux (42-4, 35 KOs), who resides in Montreal, was scheduled to struggle Ronny Landaeta April 17 on the Centre Videotron in Quebec Metropolis, Canada, however the struggle was canceled as a result of tighter restrictions from rising COVID-19 circumstances within the province of Quebec and all through Canada.
In his final bout, on October 10, 2020, Lemieux knocked out Francy Ntetu in spherical 5. The knockout victory happened ten months after Lemieux overcame two knockdowns to defeat Maksym Bersak by cut up choice. The 32-year-old has gained his final 4 bouts since shedding by unanimous choice to then WBO middleweight titleholder Billy Joe Saunders in December 2017.
Lemieux, left, and Zegarra made weight Thursday for his or her Friday night time struggle.
Zegarra (34-4, 21 KOs), who resides in Lima, Peru, has not fought since November 2019, when he was stopped after spherical 5 by Stefan Haertel. He has cut up his final eight bouts, together with a knockout loss to Bazinyan in June 2018.
Bazinyan (25-0, 19 KOs) stopped Timo Laine in spherical six of his final bout on February 21, 2020. He has stopped 12 of his final 13 opponents.
The 26-year-old, who’s initially from Yerevan, Armenia and now resides within the Montreal suburb of Laval, is co-promoted by Eye of the Tiger Administration and Golden Boy Promotions.
Sigmon (35-14-1, 18 KOs) final fought on February 20, 2020, stopping journeyman Anthony Williams in spherical three. The Bedford, Virginia resident has gained 5 of his final seven bouts since his loss to Roy Jones, Jr. in February 2018.
The hard-hitting Kean (19-1, 18 KOs), who resides in Trois-Rivieres, Canada, has gained his final 4 bouts since shedding by knockout to Dillon Carman in October 2018. He would avenge that loss in a rematch over eight months later.
Haynesworth (16-5-1, 14 KOs), who resides in New Rochelle, New York, has misplaced three of his final 4 bouts, with two of these coming by knockout.
Within the opening bout of the Punching Grace stream, Martine Vallieres Bisson (2-0) of Ville Lemoyne, Canada will sq. off towards Mexico Metropolis’s Maricruz Gomez Soto (0-2-2) in a four-round featherweight bout.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October of 2013 and has coated boxing in Southern California and overseas since 2000. Francisco additionally covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper. He might be reached by e-mail at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing