It’s been an interesting sequence of events. First, Lucian Bute pulled out of his Decemebr 6th return bout against Roberto Bolonti due to injury. Then, news came that Jean Pascal’s fight could change, leaving the future of the massive card planned at the Bell Centre hanging in the wind. Now, it’s been clarified that Pascal will simply get a new opponent — Bolonti, instead of facing his planned opponent, Don George.
Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs), will face Argentina’s Bolonti (35-3-0, 24 KOs), instead of George (25-4-2, 22 KOs), after careful consideration following long negotiations with Donovan’s team, according to Jean Bedard. Meanwhile, on the undercard, Shiller Hyppolite (13-1, 9 KOs), Steven Butler (8-0, 7 KOs) and Ulysse Jr (4-0, 3 KOs) will all make an appearance.
Early on in the renegotiation, InterBox inquired about Bolonti’s interest in going up against Pascal, so Bolonti’s team has been ready from the beginning – only awaiting a positive response from InterBox. The Argentinian, who has been training hard for the last two months, is motivated and looking forward to taking on the considerable challenge.
“There comes a time when negotiations have to stop and you’ve got to move forward. Pascal vs. Bolonti was a scenario we’d already considered, and we think it’s the right one. Plus, it’s important for Jean Pascal to fight so he can direct his career,” explained Jean Bédard.
“This time, I was lucky to have a good, long-term training camp for combat outside Argentina. It would have been a shame not to have the opportunity to fight. Although his style is different than Bute’s, Pascal is just as big a challenge for me,” commented Roberto Bolonti.
So, these two fighters who were going to be in the ring with other opponents on the same evening, will – in the end – fight each other in a grand finale at the Bell Centre. Though they lost their respective adversaries, Jean Pascal and Roberto Bolonti are both eager to win. Roberto ‘the Beast’ Bolonti comes to the fight with imposing experience: 35 wins including 24 by knockout.
Never having been beaten, Steven ‘Bang-Bang’ Butler (8-0-0, 7 K.-O) is definitely a rising star in the boxing world. This former Canadian senior champion, who will be in the ninth fight of his career, has been pretty busy since he started professional boxing on March 28 of this year.
‘Batman’ had to pass on his fight scheduled for November 21 in Sorel-Tracy, as his adversary bowed out. Now Montrealers have a chance to see him strut his stuff in the ring; this time against Norbert Nemesapati (15-1-0, 14 K.-O.). Shiller has also made it clear he’s gunning to take on Bolonti soon.
The protégé of the Jean Pascal Promotions stable, Joel Diaz Jr (17-0-0, 13 K-.O.), will weigh-in on Canadiens’ territory for the first time, against Mexico’s Pedro Navarrete (28-19-3, 17 K-O.).
The scion of Stéphan Larouche and InterBox, now settled in Montréal with his family, will be concentrating on keeping his perfect record when he goes up against Frenchman Mickael Vieira (14-Poland’s Lukasz Janik (12-7-1, 6 K-O.), having already gone up against Jo Jo Dan, will be fighting the so-far-unbeaten boxer known for his lightning fists: Ulysse Jr (4-0-0, 3 K.-O.).
Then there’s the HD screen at the Bell Centre, which will be streaming the David Lemieux (32-0-0 K-.O.) vs. Gabriel Rosado (21-8-0,13 KOs), which takes place in Brooklyn on the same night.