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Lupo to finally defend

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada

After four years without a defense, it looks as if Canadian welterweight champion Victor Lupo will finally be defending his belt this coming June. Lupo is due to return to the ring next Saturday as he battles Jose Leonardo Corona at the Casino de Montreal. It will mark the 5th trip to Montreal in a row for the 8-10 (6KO) Mexican who landed an upset win against Stephane Desormiers his first time in but has been unable to duplicate that success since. Corona last visit was last September where he lost all six rounds versus Kevin Bizier, the man Lupo will meet in June.

Bizier will also see action next Saturday as he is the co-feature at the Casino as he faces Wilfredo Negron. “Kevin has been incredible of late,” said promoter Yvon Michel, “He’s really shown something in his last three fights knocking out his guys in the first round.” Bizier who now stands at 9-0 gets an experienced opponent in Negron (26-13-1 19KO) who has faced off against some of the division’s best, including an IBF title fight against Zab Judah. The36 year-old Puerto Rican has also met up with Cosme Rivera, Ben Tackie and had a pair of fights with Henry Bruseles.

Lupo (17-1-2 9KO) who won his crown in 2005 with a decision over Claudio Ortiz has gone 6-1-1 since that time, his last fight coming this past January, a disappointing draw versus Ulises Jiminez in Mississauga.




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