On Saturday, November 19, United Boxing Promotions proudly returns to the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, for what promises to be Ontario’s deepest pro boxing card of the year. The show will be co-promoted by Quebec boxing powerhouse Eye of the Tiger Management (EOTTM). Local newspapers have been spreading the word about the Ontario-debut of EOTTM’s super heavyweight Olympian Simon Kean (6-0-0, 6KOs) of Trois-Rivières, Quebec, stoking the flames of excitement around the Greater Toronto Area. Kean will meet once-defeated American prospect Danny Calhoun (6-1-0, 3KOs) of Chicago, Illinois, in an eight round tilt. Kean has scored six stoppages in as many fights, while Calhoun comes in riding a five fight winning streak.
Fans will also be treated to an eight round clash between undefeated Hamiltonian Josh ‘Dubs’ O’Reilly (6-0-0, 1KO) and former United States Boxing Council champ Angel Sarinana (7-3-2, 3KOs) of Durango, Mexico. The fight is scheduled for eight rounds in the super featherweight division. An all-action crowd pleaser, O’Reilly is six for six, including an impressive third round TKO over the more experienced Imre Nagy (15-8-0, 7KOs) last May. Sarinana comes into the fight on a five bout undefeated streak, including a ten round unanimous decision last May over 55 fight Colombian veteran Dunis Linan. He has fought eight rounds or more on three occasions, winning the USBC lightweight crown via majority decision in 2012.
In a third eight-round feature, Tony Luis (21-3-0, 7KOs) of Cornwall, Ontario, will fight on home soil for the first time since 2013 when he tries to end Christian Uruzquieta’s (14-2-1) ten fight undefeated streak in a highly touted lightweight bout. Since coming up short against Derry Mathews for a world title in 2015, Luis has scored two dominating wins, including a shutout of former African champ Samuel Amoako (21-13-0, 15KOs) in February. A native of Mexico, Uruzquieta is a well-known spoiler in Canada, where he is undefeated in three appearances.
In one of the most anticipated six rounders in recent memory, Canadian super welterweight champion Ryan Young (10-0-0, 8KOs) has stepped up on short notice and agreed to face Phil Rose (5-4-1, 4KOs) at middleweight. Young is fresh off a dominating performance against Ryan Wagner (6-4-0, 3KOs) to claim the vacant Canadian crown. The fighting pride of Oakville, Ontario, Young needed just over two rounds to win his first national championship, earning the TKO victory at 0:43 of the third. Rose, however, knows a thing or two about upsets. After a year and a half away from the pro scene in 2014, he took a fight with Canadian Olympian Adam Trupish (11-2-0, 8KOs). Despite being labelled a heavy underdog, Rose turned in a career defining performance, stopping Trupish via TKO5. The willingness of both Young and Rose to meet at middleweight, on relatively short notice, says volumes about both men as boxers and professionals.
At lightweight, Mohammed Abedeen (4-0-1, 1KOs) of Brampton, Ontario, takes on the more experienced Walter Lina (6-8-1, 3KOs) of Tlaxcala, Mexico, over six rounds or less. Abedeen scored a decision win over Oscar Barajas (14-3-1, 6KOs) of Mexico his last time out, moving to five fights without a loss. Like Barajas, Lina is a seasoned veteran, with several fights beyond the six-round distance. In fact, he made it all the way to the twelfth round with Flavio Hernandez in 2013 before falling by KO.
In the evening’s other six rounder, undefeated heavyweight Abokan Bokpe (3-0-0, 1KOs) of Bomanville, Ontario, looks to stay perfect against the always dangerous Brock Arthur (3-1-1, 1KOs) of Whitby, Ontario. Bokpe is coming off a stunning knockout victory over Hugo Daniel Casanovas (3-2-0, 2KOs) of Argentina in September, on the same card that Arthur scored a unanimous decision win over Lyndon Chambers (1-3-0).
The evening will be rounded out by two, four-round contests including super welterweights Mayron Vieira Zeferino (2-0-0, 1KOs) of Toronto and Michell Polina (1-1-1, 1KOs) of Monterey, Mexico, and newcomer Jerome Gabriel of Oshawa and Jesus Ortega (2-2-1) of Torreon, Mexico.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 855-985-5000 or visiting www.unitedpromotions.com.