"It is a privilege and a luxury to have Pascal's participation in Saturday night's event," said President Yvon Michel of GYM. "He is still considered one of the biggest stars in the light heavyweight division and we all look forward to seeing him back in action. He's fighting for all the right reasons on Saturday and it was good to see him happily smiling during training camp. Currently there is no opponent who is more important for Jean's career than Blades. I expect an inspired performance from him as HBO executives watch him in action."
Finally, Saturday night's event will allow former world amateur champion Artur Beterbiev (1-0, 1 KOs) to continue learning, this time in a six-round, light heavyweight fight. To demonstrate the confidence that GYM places in Beterbiev, in only his second professional outing, the Russian prospect will fight a veteran of 47 professional fights, Rayco Saunders (23-22-2, 10 KOs). It's highly usual for a young prospect like Beterbiev, who hasn't lost since a cut cost him an amateur match in 2003, to fight a veteran such as Saunders so early into his pro career.
Tickets are available at Bell Centre, on www.evenko.ca, at GYM (514) 383-0666 or Boxing Club Champion (514) 376-0980. Ticket prices range from $ 50 in the red up to $ 300 on the floor.