Interim WBA cruiserweight champ Youri Kalenga Defends title against undefeated Denton Daley Nov. 15 at Hershey Centre in Ontario, Canada

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Canada (September 3, 2014)) – Interim World
Boxing Association
(WBA) cruiserweight champion Youri “El Toro” Kalenga (20-1, 13 KOs) will defend
his title November 15 against undefeated, No. 4-rated
“Dangerous”Denton Daley (12-0,
6 KOs) at Hersey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

Kalenga-Daley will headline “World Championship Boxing,” promoted by
United Boxing
Promotions (UBP). It will mark the first world title fight ever held
in Mississauga,
as well the first in the province of Ontario in 4 1/2 years, since
Steve “The Canadian Kid” Molitor defeated Takalani Ndlovu in Rama by
12-round decision
for the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) super
bantamweight championship.
Kalenga-Daley will also be the first major world championship fight held in the
Toronto market since March 29, 1966, when hometown hero George Chuvalo
lost a 15-round
unanimous decision at Maple Leaf Gardens to world heavyweight champion Muhammad

The Kalenga-Daley winner will become the mandatory challenger for the winner of
a September 27th WBA World “regular” cruiserweight championship match in Moscow
between defending champion Denis Lebedev (25-2, 19 KOs) and unbeaten challenger
Pawel Kododziej (33-0, 18 KOs).

“United Boxing Promotions is proud to present this fight at the
Mississauga Hershey
Centre,” UBP promoter Don MacDonald commented. The 6,000 fight fans
that will ram
the facility will witness what will be a war between two great fighters.

“Youri is a true warrior! Instead of hiding and fighting bums in the
division, he is willing to come to Canada and put his title on the
line in his first
defense. This in itself defines his character as a true champion.”

Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the 26-year-old Kalenga fights out of
France, where 16 of his 20 professional fights have been held. His
initial title
defense against Daley will mark the African’s first pro fight outside of Europe.

Kalenga captured the Interim WBA crown in his last fight this past
June 21 in Monte
Carlo, winning a 12-round split decision (116-112, 115-113, 113-115)
over Mateusz
Masternak (32-1).

“I am very excited to be defending my WBA interim world title for the first time
in Canada against Denton Daley,” Kalenga said. “Daley is a good
technical fighter
with some decent skills. He has never faced any opponent like me and
once he feels
my big punch power he will lose touch of all his skills.”

The 32-year-old Daley has lost only one round in his 12 professional
fights to date.
Under the guidance of his head trainer, two-time world title
challenger Syd Vanderpool,
Daley is a former college basketball player in Canada, as well as a
college graduate
with a degree in business, whose professional boxing career didn’t
start until 2010.

After pitching a complete shutout against former world champion
Richard Hall(30-11)
in 2013, winning all 10 rounds on each of the three judges’
scorecards, Daley faced
Faisal Ibnel Arrami(15-4) on June 1, 2013 for the vacant North
American Boxing Association
(NABA) cruiserweight title. Daley won the title when Arrami was unable
to continue
after four rounds due to a shoulder injury. In a pair of NABA title
defenses, Daley
has won 10 and 12-round unanimous decisions, respectively, versus Jean
Marc Monrose(26-6)
and Andres Taylor(21-5-2).

“I’m very excited that Kalenga accepted to take the fight in my
hometown as it means
a lot to me and, more importantly, my fans,” Daley remarked. “Ontario
has been waiting
for something like this to happen for a while now and I’m the perfect person to
deliver because I don’t shy away from hard work. Getting this victory
will be huge
for me and the people of Ontario.”

Tickets for the Nov. 15 event, starting at only $20.00, are on sale
and available
to purchase at the Hershey Centre box office (Gate A entrance), online

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