Kevin Bizier added to the Bute-Johnson November 5th card; Oliver training for Juan Manuel Lopez bout

Montreal, Monday, September 26th 2011 – Quebec City`s own Kevin Bizier (15-0-0, 11 KO) will see action at the Pepsi Colisee on Saturday, November 5th. Bizier joins an already stacked line-up headlined by the IBF Super Middleweight showdown between champion Lucian Bute and challenger Glen Johnson, as well as Pier-Olivier Cote vs. Jorge Luis Teron IBF Intercontinental Junior Welterweight title bout and Sebastien Gauthier vs. 2-time former World champion Steve Molitor.

Bizier, promoted by Groupe Yvon Michel, will be matched up the next week or so. InterBox plans to add another 2 fights to round out the card within the next few weeks.

Tickets for the November 5th InterBox Gala are going fast. 12,000 tickets have been sold in under a week. It is possible that InterBox places more tickets on sale this week following technical adjustments to the seating plan concluded between InterBox, the Pepsi Colisee and the Showtime Network. Sports enthusiasts can get their tickets at the Pepsi Colisee box office, at the Billetech Network (tel. 418-691-7211 –or- 1-800-900-SHOW –or- by visiting Tickets are also available at Club de Boxe Champion (514-376-0980).

The Lucian Bute vs. Glen Johnson bout, promoted by InterBox in association with DBE and Warrior`s, will be televised on Showtime Championship Boxing. The entire Gala will be available throughout Canada on PPV (Canal Indigo, Bell TV and SHAW), as well as in all the Cage-aux-Sports Restaurant locations throughout Quebec. Other select commercial establishments will be authorized by InterBox to present the Gala.


September 26, 2011 – Mexico City. From WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán: The World Boxing Council expresses, with profound regret, the passing away of one of the best boxing commissioners that ever lived, Shigeru Kojima, who was the executive secretary of the Japan Boxing Commission for decades and a voting member of the Board of Governors for a quarter century. He never missed a WBC annual world convention until the day that he retired from boxing.

I held Mr. Kojima in the highest esteem, as did every one of the members of the WBC Board of Governors, especially years ago when my position, held for almost 36 years, was threatened by members of the NABF after the crisis created by the heavyweight world championship fight between Mike Tyson and Buster Douglas, who defeated him. Mr. Kojima was in the hospital after a serious surgery, but went directly to the airport in Narita, Japan, to attend and bring Asia’s fullest support to me.

The WBC is declaring three days of mourning for a man of integrity, total dedication to boxing, loyalty, perseverance in his struggle for the safety of the sport, and for having been such a decent and great friend.

The WBC extends its sympathy to Mr. Kojima’s family, to the Japan Boxing Commission, and to boxing in all Japan, hoping that allmighty God will bring prompt resignation to such a profound sorrow.


The WBC, through its vice-president, Houcine Houichi (pictured third from right), and WBC Cares chairperson, Jill Diamond (second from right), presented crutches to children in need at the hospital in Maputo, Mozambique, Africa. The presentation included the presence and participation of African dignitaries, including Mr. Songstone Kashiba, the executive secretary of the African Council for Sports.

The needs of these children who are unable to walk created the commitment of the WBC to offer such a modest act of help.


GUAYNABO, PUERTO RICO- Mike Oliver trained today in Puerto Rico for his bout this Saturday, October 1, in the show Triple Crown III, against former two time world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” López at the coliseo Rubén Rodríguez in Bayamón, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) and Top Rank presentation to be televised on Pay Per View.

Oliver (25-2, 8 KOs) made a light work today with floor exercises, some rounds of gloves and hit the punching bag, showing good stamina at the Wilfredo Gomez Arena Gym in Guaynabo. Oliver will face Lopez (30-1, 27 KOs) for the WBO Latino featherweight title.

Also in the show former junior lightweght champion Román “Rocky” Martínez (24-1-1, 15 KOs) will fight Daniel Attah (26-7-1, 9 KOs) for the WBO Intercontinental title in the 130 pounds division, and 122lb contender Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo (21-2, 14 KOs) will face José Luis Araiza (29-4, 20 KOs for the WBO Latino superbantemweight title.

Seven more bouts will complete the card.

Tickets available at Ticketcenter,, 1 787 792-5000. Prices are $25, $50, $75, $100, $150 and $300.

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