MONTRÉAL –After a three year break, the ‘GYM Boxing Series’ is back at the Cabaret du Casino de Montréal, in collaboration with Vidéotron. Three shows are already scheduled, three beautiful Thursdays, starting January 21, than March 17 and finally, May 12. From 8 to 10 fights are expected to take part of each event, starting at 7hPM each time.
From 2004 to 2012, GYM presented 45 shows in this prestigious hall and just like previously, the spectators will have the privilege to get season tickets for reserved seats and also to obtain a 15% reduction on regular tickets.
GYM most decorated fighters were developed in this series. Otis Grant fought in a WBC super-middleweight eliminator, while Joachim Alcine, Hermann Ngoudjo, Jean Pascal, Adonis Stevenson and a lot more did their first steps in the direction of a spot in the world rankings. Leonard Dorin, Lucian Bute and Adrian Diaconu also made their mark in the series!
‘This series at the Casino de Montréal, from 2004 to 2012, has enormously contributed to the development of professional boxing in Quebec, said GYM’s President, Yvon Michel. In a prestigious and warm place, the fans will live a unique experience in an intense atmosphere, while having an intimate time with the ring superstars.’
Canadian Olympian Custio Clayton (5-0, 4 KOs) will be the headliner of the Series first event, January 21, in a 10 rounds welterweight bout. The Nova Scotia
native now living in Montreal with his family is a perfect match for this Series. He certainly belongs in the same class of the previously mentioned boxers.
Clayton, after a well seasoned amateur career, where he missed an Olympic medal at the London Games by a single point, chose Montreal and GYM to start his professional career. He should also be the main attraction for the three shows of this 2016 Series.
A new acquisition
GYM would also like to officially announce a deal to become the co-promoter, in association with Eric Kerub, of young promising boxer, Erik Bazinyan (10-0, 7 KOs), 20 years old from Laval.
He previously boxed on GYM’s shows and he impressed each time he stepped in the ring. Under the supervision of the famous brothers Howard and Otis Grant, the young phenomenon has a bright future in front of him and GYM is really proud to add him to his team.
Bazinyan will be part of the co-feature, January 21, in an 8 rounds super-middleweight fight. He will be a permanent figure in this Series, plus fighting on his co-promoters cards (Rixa Promotions).
Lot of action
Each card of the GYM Series at the Casino will showcase between 8 and 10 bouts.
In the confirmed fights for January 21, Montreal’s own Lucia Larcinese (7-10-1, 0 KOs) and Olivia Gerula (16-15-2, 3 KOs) from Manitoba will faceoff, Marie-Ève Dicaire (1-0, 0 KOs) from Saint-Eustache and Christina Barry (0-2, 0 KOs) from Manitoba will square off in a rematch and finally, the heavyweight Canadian champion Dillon Carman (9-2, 8 KOs) will exchange leather with tough brawler Éric Barrak (8-3, 7 KOs) from Longueuil.
Vislan Dalkhaev (4-0, 1 KOs) from Montreal, the mixed martial arts specialist Yoni Sherbatov (pro debut) from Laval, the American-Romanian and training partner of Lucian Bute, Dario Bredicean (6-0, 2 KOs), as Toronto based Ukrainian Oleksandr Teslenko (2-0, 1 K.-O.) will also see action in this stacked card.
Boxing at the Casino
Boxing at the Casino de Montréal is a true tradition for GYM.
If we look at numbers, 45 shows produced 269 fights. Of those fights, 8 Quebec championships, 9 Canadian championships, 17 North American championships, 5 Continental championships, 10 International championships, 2 World youth championships and 1 World eliminator bout took place.
In the WBC super-middleweight elimination fight, April 6, 2006, Otis Grant from Montreal and Librado Andrade from California squared off. Andrade won by retirement in the seventh round.
The first ever boxing card at the Casino was March 20, 2004.
Former WBA world lightweight champion and Romanian Olympic hero Leonard Dorin then stopped tough Philadelphia slugger ‘Chucky T’, while Lucian Bute and Adrian Diaconu were also part of it.
The tickets will be on sale on admission by Wednesday, December 9, starting at 60$.