Steven Wilcox and Jesus Singwancha will square off in the eight round main event of Lee Baxter Promotions’ inaugural “Next Generation” card Thursday, July 28 at Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The “Next Generation” fight series is set to showcase boxers on the rise with championship aspirations. Most of the boxers fight out of Canada but some will travel from various parts of the globe to showcase their skills.
Living and fighting out of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Wilcox has an excellent 13-1-1 professional ledger with five victories by way of knockout. Last year, he fought undefeated Mick Gadbois for the WBC International title but the belt remained vacant following a draw. The 26-year-old Wilcox dominated his last two bouts, winning virtually every round against Luis Armando Juarez and Pedro Navarrete respectively. However, he’s expected to have his hands full on July 28.
Born as Jesus Kakonge in Congo, Singwancha now boxes out of Montreal and was matched astonishingly tough from the day he turned pro. In addition to facing three unbeaten foes in his first five fights, he was pitted against world title challenger Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat (now 52-3), Narong Boonchan (23-2) and former two-division world champion Sirimongkol Singwancha who owns a jaw-dropping 90-2 professional record. Currently at 21-9 with 8 wins by knockout, Jesus Sinwancha is on a five fighting winning streak, most recently outpointing the aforementioned Gadbois.
“This is going to be a heck of a fight,” exclaimed Lee Baxter. “Steven is an outstanding boxer but he’s never fought anybody as tough, rugged and experienced as Singwancha. Steven believes he has what it takes to get to the next level but knows he can’t sleep on Singwancha, who is riding his own wave of confidence coming off of consecutive victories over two well-regarded fighters in Roody Pierre-Paul and Mick Gadbois. Fans are in for a real treat here!”
In the semi-main event, cruiserweight Tim “The Irish” Cronin of Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada challenges Slovakia’s Kristof Demendei over six rounds. Cronin, 7-1-1 (2 KO’s), is unbeaten in eight fights after dropping his pro debut and fought most of his career in Ontario. Demendei, 10-1-2 (6 KO’s), will fight in the Great White North for the first time and lost his last bout via decision to once-beaten Marco Scafi in June.
Debuting super middleweights Augistino D’Aluisio and Mike Miller are scheduled to duke it out over four rounds and super welterweight Mayron Zeferino will have his first fight against opponent to be announced. Rounding out the card is newcomer Mladen Mijas of Ontario versus 5-1 Slovakian David Vyletel in the heavyweight division. All three fights are scheduled for four rounds
Other bouts will be announced shortly.
Baxter said “there were some recent changes to the card but needless to say, we’ve got competitive matches across the board. All of the boxers on the card believe they have what it takes to be included in the next generation of boxing stars and are coming to put on a great show July 28.”
Sponsored by Everlast, Vonbets, Hardknocks Boxing Club & Labatts Brewery, tickets to the “Next Generation” are on sale now for $45, $55 and $65 by logging onto Ticketmaster.Ca. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the first fight is scheduled for 7:30.