On Saturday April 17, Eye of the Tiger Management will arrive in Quebec City to present, for the first time in over a year, a boxing gala at the Videotron Center. This event presented by La Queen beer, Mise-O-Jeu and TVA Sports will feature spectacular heavy-hitters David Lemieux (42-4-0, 35 KOs) and Simon Kean (19-1, 18 K. -O.). The respective duels of these two pugilists will be broadcast live on TVA Sports right after the game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Vancouver Canucks as of 9:30 p.m. EST.
“For the first time over a year on specialized television channel, fans will be able to see a boxing gala featuring local boxers and quality bouts featuring some of their favorites including David Lemieux and Simon Kean. This evening, which promises to be rich in action, reinforces our commitment and that of Eye of the Tiger Management’s to present quality boxing to fans everywhere in Quebec, “said TVA Sports General Manager Louis-Philippe Neveu.
David Lemieux will return to action following his convincing knockout victory against Francy Ntetu (17-4-0, 4 KOs) last October. Despite being recognized as one of the most expeditive boxers on the planet, Marc Ramsay’s protégé will have quite a challenge to face as he takes on tough Robert Talarek (24-13-3, 16 K .-O.). The latter is a great super-middleweight with a long reach, excellent technique and devastating power in both hands. Talarek is recognized as a real party spoiler, he who defeated Patryck Szymanski (20-4-0, 10 KOs), John Rene (13-3-2, 9 KOs), Goekalp Oezekler (21-2-1, 10 KO) and Frank Haroche (45-18-5, 17 KO), among others. He also offered remarkable performances against two world contenders, Liam Smith (29-2-1, 16 KOs) and John Ryder (29-5-0, 6 KOs).
“We are proud to be able to offer a boxing event in Quebec at the beginning of 2021. The cherry on top being that we will do it with David Lemieux and Simon Kean who always offer spectacular fights to the fans. This event is a ground-breaking way to start our new three-year agreement with our loyal partner, TVA Sports “, mentions EOTTM president Camille Estephan.
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In addition to this very promising bout, viewers will be delighted with the addition of another main event which will pit the one nicknamed the “Grizzly”, Simon Kean, against the very skilled Albertan, Stan Surmacz (12-1, 7 K.-O.). This fight, which had to be postponed twice in 2020, will finally oppose two great heavyweights who have frequently crossed paths in amateur boxing competitions in the past. The two pugilists are currently ranked first and third in the heavyweight division in Canada and wish to reign there to propulse their careers into the international level. Surmacz, who is nicknamed the “Silverback”, wants to avenge his compatriot Adam Braidwood (14-2-0, 13 KOs) by following in the footsteps of Dillon Carman (14-6-0, 13 KOs) when he faces Kean on April 17. This duel is of capital importance in the careers of these two giants since it will allow the winner to experience a significant rise in the world rankings.
Before the diffusion of these fights on TVA Sports, an excellent undercard will be presented on Punching Grace on April 17th before the Lemieux vs. Talarek and Kean vs. Surmacz bouts. More details will be provided to you very shortly.