On Saturday, November 19, United Boxing Promotions and Eye of the Tiger Management teamed up at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga to give Ontario its deepest fight card in recent memory.
“I think it was the best show, from top to bottom, that we’ve ever been a part of,” explained United Promoter Tyler Buxton. In the main event, Olympian Simon Kean (7-0-0, 7KOs) lived up to the hype stopping once-defeat Danny Calhoun (6-2-0, 3KOs) of Chicago, Illinois, in the opening stanza of their scheduled eight round heavyweight tilt. With the win, the devastating puncher from Trois-Rivières remains perfect in his seven fight pro career. The stage is now set for Kean’s much anticipated title shot against Canadian champion Ray Olubowale (11-7-1, 8KOs) on January 28 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. In the co-feature of the evening, Josh “Dubs” O’Reilly (7-0-0, 1KOs) of Hamilton turned in a resilient performance against Angel Sarinana (7-4-2, 3KOs) of Mexico, bouncing back from two knockdowns to take a unanimous decision victory in their eight round clash. With O’Reilly showing all the qualities of a champion, United Boxing Promotions plans to keep their man busy early in 2017 with contests already slated for January in Montreal and February in Mississauga.
In the evening’s other eight rounder, lightweight Tony Luis (22-3-0, 7KOs) of Cornwall, Ontario, outworked Mexico’s Christian Uruzquieta (14-3-1, 4KOs) to take a unanimous decision win by scores of 79-73, 78-74, and 77-75. In the process, Luis handed Uruzquieta his first loss in four fights on Canadian soil. In a six round middleweight affair, Phil Rose (6-4-1, 5KOs) of Whitby scored a shocking upset over previously undefeated Ryan Young (10-1-0, 8KOs) of Oakville, ending matters with an opening round TKO. The other six rounder, featuring undefeated Brampton lightweight prospect Mohammed Abedeen (5-0-1, 1KOs) and Walter Lina (6-9-1, 3KOs) of Mexico, resulted in a wide unanimous decision for the Canadian, earning scores of 60-54, 59-55, and 59-55 on the judges’ scorecards.
In other action, super welterweight Mayron Vieira Zeferino (3-0-0, 1KOs) of Toronto scored a four round unanimous decision over Michell Polina (1-2-1, 1KOs) of Mexico; Canadian amateur champ Jerome Gabriel (1-0-0, 1KO) of Oshawa stopped Jesus Ortega (2-3-1) of Mexico at light heavyweight; and Abokan Bokpe (4-0-0, 1KOs) of Bowmanville stayed perfect with a UD4 win over Brock Arthur (3-2-1, 1KOs) of Whitby.
Don’t miss the next exciting co-promotion by United Boxing Promotions and Eye of the Tiger Management on January 28 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, featuring the much anticipated North American unification clash between IBF champ Steven “Bang Bang” Butler (18-0-1, 15KOs) of Montreal and WBA titlist Brandon “Bad Boy” Cook (17-0-0, 10KOs) of Ajax. Tickets starting at $36 are available now via Evenko.com.