Real Deal Sports and Entertainment and Lee Baxter Promotions in association with Louisville Top Knotch and the World Boxing Council, are proud to announce the undercard of the semi-final round of The Jose Sulaiman WBC World Invitational Tournament which will take place at Toronto's famed lakeside amphitheater, Budweiser Stage on Saturday, August 25th.
Making his professional debut will be 2016 Olympian and one of Canada's most decorated amateurs of all time, Arthur Biyarslanov who will take on Mexico's Jair Baltazar (1-1) in a 4 round junior welterweight contest.
Biyarslanov was the 2015 Pan American Games Gold Medal Winner which took place in his hometown of Toronto and he achieved national stardom when he represented Canada in the 2016 Olympics. Now training in Montreal, Biyarslanov will return to Toronto to begin his highly anticipated professional career.
One of Quebec's most popular and accomplished fighters, two time world title challenger, Dierry Jean (29-2-1, 20 KO) will return to the ring after a 2 year lay off in a 6 round welterweight contest against rugged Mexican veteran, Abraham Gomez (28-16-1, 13 KO).
In an exciting crossroads showdown, Alex Dilmaghani (17-1, 6 KO), who is on the verge of a world ranking, will face Halifax's Tyson Cave (31-3, 13 KO), who is on 7 fight win streak since his controversial split decision loss for the WBA Interim World Title, in 10 round junior welterweight bout.
One of Toronto's most promising local prospects, Kane Heron (11-0-1, 5 KO) will return to the ring for his third fight of 2018 as he looks to expand his growing following in the toughest fight of his career against Argentina's Maximiliano Scalzone (16-2-1, 12 KO) in an 8 round welterweight contest.
Quebec's most talked about young fighter, Mazlum Akdeniz (5-0, 2 KO) will continue his fast tracked career against Mexico's Javier Pena (13-11-1, 6 KO) in what will be Akdeniz's 4th fight of the year in a 6 round welterweight contest.
By popular demand, in a rematch of one the most exciting bouts in Canada's women's boxing history, Toronto native, Shelly Barnett (4-0-1) will face Mexico's Guadalupe Rodriguez (3-1-1). Their action packed first contest in Toronto ended in a controversial draw this past April and both 118 pounders have agreed to go at it again.
Ukraine's 3-time national amateur champion, Oleksandr Shytyi will make his professional debut against, Calgary's Markhaile Wedderburn (2-3, 2 KO) in a 4 round cruiserweight bout.
Neeraj Goyat (9-2-2), the WBC Asian Welterweight Champion hailing from India will make his North American debut and defend his title against an opponent to be named in a 6 round bout.
Ioannis Birmpilis (3-0), a young fighter developing a large following in Toronto's Greek community, will face an opponent to be named in a 6 round junior middleweight bout.
Last but not least, The Jose Sulaiman World Invitational Tournament's alternate fighter, the highly regarded, heavy hitting Russian, Radzhab Butaev (9-0, 8 KO) will fight an opponent to be named in an 8 round welterweight contest. Butaev, who joins the tournament in association with DBE and Fight Promotions, will be elevated to the tournament if any of the tournament's 4 semi-finalists fail to make weight or suffer a last minute injury. Butaev is replacing the tournament's original alternate, Sergey Lubkovich, who suffered an injury forcing him to withdrawal from the tournament.
"This is hands down the best undercard I have matched in my entire promotional career.", explains an excited Lee Baxter, President of Lee Baxter Promotions.
"It's a who's who of Canadian fighters, from prospects to contenders, all in competitive fights on literally the biggest stage of their careers. Several of these fighters have massive followings and to put them together on one event will create an electric atmosphere. This truly will be the boxing event of the summer in Canada, and, as the first fight card to take place at such a legendary and beautiful concert venue, it will be a historic night in Toronto boxing history."