Boxing: Christian Mbilli will face Sergiy Derevyanchenko on August 17 at the Videotron Center

ESPN and Top Rank will join forces once again with Quebec promoter Eye of the Tiger on August 17, this time for a shock duel between Olympians and hopefuls of the top-10 world, Christian Mbilli and Sergiy Derevyanchenko.

“We are proud to present a second boxing gala at the Videotron Center in just a few months. In January, many spectators responded to the call. This enthusiasm has demonstrated that the Videotron Center has its place on the international boxing scene, underlines Martin Tremblay, president of Gestev. We were eager to repeat the experience with the valuable collaboration of the Eye of the Tiger team. »

The world No. 1 contender at the WBC, Christian “Solid” Mbilli (27-0, 23 KOs), once again reminded that he was ready to face the elite last Saturday, easily defeating the former Commonwealth champion Mark Heffron in 40 seconds in Shawinigan. Immediately returning to training to face his biggest test of his career, less than 3 months later, he reiterates that this time he will not take any respite before reaching his goal: the pinnacle of his sport.

“It’s an honor to fight Sergiy Derevyanchenko. I’ve heard about him since I was 16, in the amateur ranks, where he beat several French people. Among the professionals he has only fought big names so this will definitely be my biggest career fight so far. I can’t wait to be there, it will be a big war in perspective,” notes Christian Mbilli.

“There are few fighters I enjoy watching more than Christian Mbilli, and I can’t wait to see him perform in front of the amazing Quebec City crowd,” said Top Rank President Bob Arum. “That being said, it won’t be easy going up against Sergiy Derevyanchenko, one of the greatest competitors in all of sport. This will be one of the fights of the year, for as long as it lasts. »

As Mbilli approaches the summit without interruption, his next opponent, Sergiy “The Technician” Derevyanchenko (15-5, 10 KOs) is determined to return until he wins his case. . With a formidable record of nearly 400 victories among amateurs, the current contender no. 6 of the WBC has already fought three times for great honors and has never lost against a boxer who was not champion of the world. We are talking about Daniel Jacobs, Gennady Golovkin, Jermall Charlo, Carlos Adames and Jaime Munguia, in duels where thousands of people saw the Ukrainian winning. On August 17, he intends to leave nothing to chance.

“I made the decision to move up to 168 to win a world title. That’s my ultimate goal and that’s what I hope I get the chance to do with a victory against a tough opponent like WBC No. 1 ranked Christian Mbilli. I have faced the best my entire career and I expect August 17 to demonstrate it once again, with either a war or a candidate for the title fight of the year, launched the challenger Ukrainian world champion, Sergiy Derevyanchenko.

“Derevyanchenko’s feats of arms speak for themselves. It’s a very dangerous fight, but extremely necessary for the progression of Christian Mbilli. A victory is not only crucial for the rest of his career, but also for Quebec boxing which, with a significant victory, would find itself in an excellent position to host important fights in Quebec City,” indicated the president of ‘Eye of the Tiger, Camille Estephan, also hinting that the fight could be contested for the interim title or the role of mandatory challenger of the WBC to the undisputed super middleweight champion, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

“The fact that only the big names in the division were able to defeat him, and that he remained very competitive against boxers of this caliber speaks for itself. Derevyancheko represents by far the best career opponent for Mbilli. On August 17, we will know what Christian is made of,” said his head coach, Marc Ramsay.

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