Yves Ulysse tags Steve Claggett. Picture by Tom Hogan
World-rated Yves Ulysse Jr. will defend his NABF junior welterweight title towards David Theroux in a scheduled 10-round contest on the Centre Gervais Auto in Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada on Friday.
Ulysse (19-2, 10 knockouts) is seeking to work his manner again up the rankings after shedding to Ismael Barroso (UD 12) in December 2019. Since then, he has rebounded with a win over Mathieu Germain (TKO 7) final November, and he’s now wanting ahead to stern check from his countryman.
“It is going to be considered one of my hardest fights,” Ulysse instructed The Ring. “The reason being easy: A man who has nothing to lose is extra harmful than a man who has one thing to show. My loss with Barroso made me step up my recreation.
“[Theroux’s] a tough puncher with left hook. He additionally has numerous coronary heart. Conserving my composure would be the key to successful.”
Ulysse, 32, was an excellent novice and represented Canada on the 2011 and 2013 World Championships. He was spectacular towards Germain final trip however feels that he can increase his recreation to a different stage.
“I wasn’t at my 100-percent finest in my combat with Mathieu,” Ulysse stated. “I needed to set the document straight and present the distinction between us. I must be on prime of the rankings for a title combat, the place I’m purported to be.
“I’ll take [on] anybody who’s in entrance of me. I’m prepared for a world title combat.”
Ulysse’s promoter, Camille Estephan of Eye of the Tiger Administration, was disillusioned that one half of the co-main occasion, Sadriddin Akhmedov, was injured however acted swiftly to improve Ulysee’s combat to the primary occasion.
“[We were] very disillusioned concerning the cancellation of Sadriddin’s combat,” stated Estephan. “This stuff occur, he’ll be again, he needs to be utterly recovered inside six to eight weeks.”
Estephan was solely too happy to place the highlight on Ulysse, who he hopes to maneuver right into a world title alternative at 140 kilos.
“He regarded superb in his final combat and we wish him to proceed the climb,” he acknowledged confidently. “He stumbled prior to now, however everyone knows how nice of a boxer he’s. We’re on the lookout for consistency earlier than tackling a world title shot.”
Theroux turned skilled in 2014. He received his first six outings earlier than struggling defeat for the primary time towards the vastly extra skilled Ignacio Mendoza (KO 7). After scoring 5 wins, Theroux dropped a choice to Mexican trial horse Jose Emilio Perea (SD 6) and was later outpointed by Jesus Antonio Perez Campos (MD 8). The 27-year-old Canadian holds a win over one-time light-weight contender Jose Alfaro (TKO 6) however is coming off a loss to Steve Claggett (RTD 6), which noticed his document dip to 16-4 (11 KOs).
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