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Boxing galas in January: Yvon Michel waits, Camille Estephan throws in the towel

After the most recent exchanges with the management of the Casino de Montréal, Yvon Michel wants to go ahead with his gala behind closed doors.

This was stated by the Group President, Yvon Michel (GYM), on Tuesday afternoon. But for the match to be broadcast live on the Sports Network (RDS), it must receive final permission from public health authorities.

Marie-Pier Houle (4-0-1, 2 K,-O.), who hasn’t returned to a ring since the sad afternoon of August 28 in Jarry Park, would pay the price of the final against the Brazilian Simone Aparecida da Silva (17-18, 6 K.-O.). The 38-year-old has lost 14 of the last 17 fights he has fought since January 2014, four of them by knockout. and six others by unanimous decision.

This fight should serve as aptitude for Houle, he approached, like Mikaël Zewski, for the first night of boxing at the new Colisée Vidéotron, March 25, in Trois-Rivières.

Otherwise, Yvon Michel assures that all of his protégés have stayed active to be ready to box if they get the chance. For the same reasons, potential adversaries were also asked to remain vigilant.

So if public health approves the event, the rest of the January 29 card can be confirmed in the coming days.

EOTTM Waivers

Late Tuesday afternoon, Eye of the Tiger Management (EOTTM) President Camille Estephan informed Radio-Canada Sports that he would be forgoing his January 22 boxing evening.

This was to feature giant Arslanbek Makhmudov (13-0, 13 KOs) in a defense of his NABF heavyweight belt against Pole Mariusz Wach (36-7, 19 KOs).

« I have not received any public health news. However, we are 10 days from the scheduled date. It is already too late, because it is no longer possible for us to organize the movement of foreign boxers who should have undergone mandatory quarantine for all travelers from outside Canada. »

a quote from Camille Estephan, President of Eye of the Tiger Management

Furthermore, the promoter claims not to have obtained any indication in the direction of a reopening of the Casino de Montréal, closed from December 31, such as bars, restaurants, theaters and amphitheaters. And to fight stronger against the wave of the Omicron variant, Quebec reinstated curfew.

Immediately after thinking about rescheduling her event, Estephan first aimed for the date of February 18. It was then that the Régie des alcools, des Courses et des jeux (RACJ) notified him of the return of the application of the rule that prevented the celebration of two boxing galas in two consecutive evenings.

Indeed, EOTTM already has Saturday February 19 on its calendar in its reservation book at the Casino. It is therefore for the moment in which Estephan hopes to see Makhmudov in action again.

Looking further ahead, the return of the rule limiting the number of galas could also have a devastating effect on plans for March 25 at the GYM de Trois-Rivières, and the following day at the Casino de Montreal for the EOTTM. . It is a new series of heavy blows that would fall on the already badly battered Quebec professional boxing industry.

We will remember that Camille Estephan and Yvon Michel made a big splash to celebrate the rebirth of professional boxing in Quebec each announcing a series of four evenings, six of which will be held at the Casino de Montréal at the end of April.

Camille Estephan also has a draft card with Christian Mbilli at the Casino de Montréal on March 26, as well as an April 9 soiree at Shawinigan, with Simon Kean and Makhmudov.

Yvon Michel had also announced cards for March 11 (Kim Clavel’s world championship against the Mexican Yesenia Gómez), then on April 21, still at the Montreal Casino.

Boxing galas in January: Yvon Michel waits, Camille Estephan throws in the towel

Camille Estephan is surrounded by top boxers from her stable outside the Casino de Montréal.

Photo : Vincent Éthier – Management of the Eye of the Tiger

However, the health situation has changed a lot since GYM was able to go ahead with his gala on December 17, at the Bell Center, where Artur Beterbiev defended his IBF and WBA middleweight belts, and where Marie-Eve Dicaire had regained the IBF super middleweight belts. Breaking News 24/7 Copr.