Junior welterwieght standout Dierry Jean, resurgent middleweight Joachim Alcine, struggling attraction David Lemieux, and “scary” light heavyweight prospect Eleider Alvarez are included in Corey Erdman’s Canadian news and notes.
- Dierry Jean was originally expected to headline a card on January 26 in Montreal, however that date may be pushed to February. The event would be part of Groupe Yvon Michel’s Fast and Furious series. Originally, the card was to be held on a Thursday night, however a February date may signal a move to a Saturday night slot. The card will be televised on pay per view in Canada, and on Fight NOW TV in the United States.
- Speaking of Jean, he and his team believe that Pier-Olivier Cote is ducking him. Jean and his manager Camille Estephan issued a challenge to Cote for the aforementioned date, however Cote declined. It’s now very obvious why Cote refused: He has a Showtime date on February 3 in Quebec City against Mauricio Herrera.
- That February card is also likely to include David Lemieux. Despite his loss to Joachim Alcine, Yvon Michel is still saying that Lemieux will return in February and April. This is likely the best move for David and for his image. What good would it do to put David in the gym where he will hammer sparring partners, and develop a false sense of confidence? It’s obvious that he has improvements to make, but also that he needs on the job training. A close loss to former titlist Alcine was the first lesson. A loss doesn’t necessarily mean that he didn’t pass, however.
- Other than Alcine, light heavyweight Eleider Alvarez was the show stealer this past Saturday in Quebec City. The Colimbian, who is now based in Quebec, absolutely walloped Emiliano Cayetano to grab the WBO NABO light heavyweight trinket. The belt would otherwise be irrelevant if Alvarez weren’t only seven bouts into his professional career.
Watch this destruction and tell me he’s not scary for a 7-0 fighter:
Alvarez has been given the bold destinction of perhaps the most talented amateur to ever come out of Colombia, and it’s probably not pushing it to anoint him the most talented light heavyweight prospect in the world. Sorry, Mike Lee.
- Michael Oliviera has encountered a bad case of the flu, and will no longer be a part of next weekend’s card in Quebec City. According to folks who are a part of the promotion, Oliviera had already sold hundreds of tickets to the Brazilian community, and had several buses of fans coming from Toronto to attend the fight. So much for the “Richie Rich of Boxing,” as Steve Farhood put it, being a hated character.
Even more disappointing is that Oliveira had an entrance planned that included 10 Brazilian dancers. Now the fans will never get to see it.
- It’s not a major PPV card, but boxing is returning to downtown Toronto in the near future. AWE Promotions is putting an event on February 22, headlined by Lemieux sparring partner Richard Reittie against Roberto McClellan in middleweight action. Kudos to Emile Reed both for the geographic placement of the card (directly downtown on Queen Street), but also for putting the card on a Wednesday. Far too often, local cards don’t get the exposure they need, because they’re staged on Saturdays, when hardcore boxing fans have to choose between club fights or big contests on premium cable, and not to mention the rest of the sporting menu.
This is expected to be a prelude to more scraps in the big city, as Hennessy Sports has been pushing for a card at the Air Canada Centre for some time.
- Eleven days earlier on February 11, Hennessy will have a card of their own in Mississauga, Ontario. Headlining will be welterweight prospect Samuel Vargas, and middleweight newcomer Brandon “Bad Boy” Cook.
If ShoBox executives are looking for a guaranteed action fight, they should look no further than Vargas, who put on what Al Bernstein has called “one of the best fights I’ve seen in many years” last time out against Ahmad Cheiko. Vargas certainly didn’t acquit himself well in his first U.S. Television appearance, against full-time spoiler Michael Springer on ESPN Friday Night Fights. Whatever changes “El Producto” has made since then, that “boring” switch doesn’t turn on anymore.
- Following a nine round pummelling of Aaron Pryor Jr., super middleweight contender Adonis Stevenson called out fellow countryman Lucian Bute. With one fight left on Bute’s Showtime contract, it’s unlikely that they would use it for a Stevenson bout, however if he is looking for a fight in between the eventual clash against Andre Ward or Carl Froch, Stevenson or Andre Dirrell would appear to be the most logical and profitable opponents.
Corey Erdman is also the host of RingTV Radio. Follow him on Twitter @corey_erdman