It’s been over two years since Victor Lupo (17-1-2, 9 KO’s) last fought in Canada’s national hotbed of boxing, the Province of Quebec.
And despite the fact that Lupo stopped native son Leonardo Rojas in Montreal’s Bell Centre in February of 2008 to claim the Canadian Welterweight championship, the Romanian-born Toronto resident is returning to boxing-crazed Montreal with a point to prove.
After going undefeated (16-0-1, 8 KO’s) to start his professional career, Lupo has been relatively underwhelming in his last three fights, going 1-1-1 since November of 2007, including the tougher-than-anticipated win over Rojas, as well as his first career loss (MD 8 to Paul Clavette), and a surprising draw to unheralded Mexican Ulises Jimenez.
When Lupo steps in with the upset-minded Antonio Soriano (15-10-2, 10 KO’s) this Saturday at the Casino de Montreal, it’ll be to erase all doubts, and to recapture the attention of the boxing world.
A victory over Soriano could set up a showdown with undefeated Kevin Bizier (9-0, 6 KO’s), of Sainte-Emile, Quebec (also set to appear Saturday on the card at Casino de Montreal) for Lupo’s Canadian title, or perhaps even a shot at Junior Witter when the former WBC Junior Welterweight champion debuts at 147 lbs.
“There’s been a lot of talk about Bizier wanting a piece of Lupo, but so far it’s been nothing but media fodder,” said Zoran Konevic, President of World Champion Group (WCG).
“But if Victor looks good, and Bizier gets by his man Saturday, I think negotiations will start in earnest.”
Getting by Soriano, however might appear easier on paper, then in reality.
Soriano had lost four fights in a row, and seven of ten, before shockingly holding then undefeated super-slugger Tyrone Brunson to a draw in August of 2008, and has since won three of four, including two straight.
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