After the holiday celebration was cancelled on April 17, promoter Camille Estephan quickly rolled up his sleeves. He has prepared several plans for boxers, including holding a feast in the United States if necessary.
If he decides to hold a celebration on April 17, he should cancel at least three battles, including David Lemieux, Simon Kean and Artem Oganezyan ( Artem Oganesyan). At the same time, it is impossible for Estephan to respect the agreement he reached with TVA Sports. TVA Sports will broadcast the Lemieux and Kean duel live.
The current plan is to hold a grand celebration in Quebec on May 8 or 15. Lemieux, Kean and Erik Bazinyan are expected to join the game this evening. However, their struggle has not yet reached a deadlock.
why? Leaders face the same difficulties as last week. Estephan could not guarantee that the opponents of his three boxers were all Americans, and they would be able to participate in his matches through customs.
The businessman’s lawyer is trying to find a solution with the federal government. A deadline for next Monday has been set.
If Estephan is not approved by the authorities, he will continue his activities, but without Lemieux, Kean or Bazinyan. He will still have enough duel opportunities to show a complete boxing card. The night’s final should be the second confrontation between Mathieu Germain and Steve Claggett.
At the same time, Estephan and Antonin Décarie are also developing plan B for Lemieux, Kean and Bazinyan.
According to what the Montreal Journal has learned in recent days, the two executives are considering a proposal to hold a gala dinner in a hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
If they move in this direction, it is to keep their three boxers active. As far as Bazan is concerned, this is even more important because he has not fought since February 2020.
At the time, the fifth-ranked World Boxing Organization (WBO) defeated Finnish Timo Laine in Rimouski.
His inactivity was due to several negotiations with Golden Boy, but they never materialized. During this period, he focused on fine-tuning the technical aspects with the sports coach.
EOTTM announced on Wednesday that its boxers Artem Oganesyan (12-0, 1 KO) and Ivan Kozlovsky (2-0, 1 KO) will fight in Russia on May 21.