Mazlum Akdeniz had to climb on the scale in Adam's outfit to respect the weight, Wednesday at the Casino, but the betting is done: he will fight for a very first belt, that of the WBC Continental of the Americas of the welterweight , Thursday at the Casino.
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The Longueuillois weighed exactly 140 lbs at the time of the check. His opponent, Juan Antonio Rodriguez (32-8-0, 28 KOs), had no trouble sticking to the limit, tipping the scales at 138.4 lbs.
Akdeniz (16-0-0, 8 K.-O.), who will be in a third fight with Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM), said he was very excited for this confrontation, which will be decisive for the future. of her career.
"It's a step you have to take in a career," he said recently during a media training. It's important, it will allow us to be in the top 15 or the top 20 in the world. This is a fight that will define if I am made for the big league. I'm going to have to prove a lot of things."
“There is pressure, he acknowledged, but high performance athletes are able to perform under pressure.”
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Akdeniz will be the highlight of the show after an eight-fight gala. In the semi-finals, Probellum protege Charles Conwell (16-0-0, 12 K.-O.) will cross swords with Abraham Juarez Ramirez (19-9-0, 8 K.-O.).
Earlier in the evening, Mathieu Germain (20-2-1, 9 KOs) will try to continue his rise in the world rankings. GYM proteges Wilfred Seyi (9-0-0, 4 KOs) and Eric Basran (1-0-0, 0 KOs) will want to remain undefeated.
Quebecers Jonathan Di Bella and Sara Couillard will make their professional debuts. Finally, Ontarian Spencer Wilcox (2-0-0, 2 K.-O.) will also be there.
WBC Continental Americas Welterweight Championship (140 lbs)
-Oppressed Mediterranean (16-0-0.8 K.-O.) – 140 lb
-Juan Antonio Rodriguez (32-8-0, 28 K.-O.) - 138.4 lbs
Super welterweight (154 lbs)
-Charles Conwell (16-0-0, 12 K.-O.) – 155,8 lb
- Abraham Juarez Ramirez (19-9-0, 8 K.-O.) - 155.4 lbs.
Superlights (140 lbs)
-Mathieu Germain (20-2-1, 9 K.-O.) – 142,8 lb
-Misael Cabrera Urias (12-0-0, 9 K.-O.) – 142.1 lbs.
Heavy-light (175 lbs)
-Wilfred Sei (9-0-0.4 K.-O.) – 173.8 lb
-David Benitez (8-5-0, 2 K.-O.) – 169.8 lbs.
Roosters (118 lbs)
-Sara Couillard (0-0-0, 0 K.-O.) – 116 lb
-Flor Carrera (1-0-1, 0 K.-O.) – 115.6 lbs.
Lightweight (135 lbs)
-Eric Basran (1-0-0, 0 K.-O.) – 133,2 lb
-Jorge Castro (3-5-2, 1 K.-O.) – 132.8 lbs.
Super Bantamweights (122 lbs)
-Jonathan Di Bella (0-0-0, 0 K.-O.) - 120.4 lb
-Brian Lopez Salinas (2-0-0, 0 K.-O.) – 121 lbs.
Lightweight (135 lbs)
-Spencer Wilcox (2-0-0, 2 K.-O.) – 135,6 lb
-Juan Carlos Garcia (4-1-0, 0 K.-O) - 133.4 lbs