Undefeated middleweight prospect Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira will make his Canadian boxing debut this Saturday night (Feb. 11) on a card, presented by United Promotions in association with Hennessy Sports, at Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. The exciting 21-year-old Oliveira (16-0, 12 KOs), rated #14 by the WBC, will fight Sergei “Baltic King” Melis (18-7, 7 KOs) inan eight-round special middleweight attraction. Oliveira, a Brazilian native who was raised in lives in Miami, was supposed to make his Canadian debut back on December 17 in Quebec City, but he was forced to withdraw from fighting on that show due to a stomach virus, high fever, and dehydration.
“We’re looking forward to showcasing Michael to a large Brazilian community in Canada,” said Michael’s father and promoter, Carlos Oliveira (president of MO Productions). “We’re expecting a very warm welcome from Brazilians there who have already started purchasing VIP packages.”
Saturday’s entertaining event is headlined by unbeaten welterweight Samuel Vargas (8-0-1, 2 KOs), a native of Colombia living in Mississauga, against former Canadian light welterweight champion Manolis Plaitis (17-1-1, 8 KOs), of Quebec, in a 10-rounder for the vacant Canadian welterweight title.
The six-round co-feature finds local fan-favorite Brandon “Bad Boy” Cook (4-0, 2 KOs), taking on upset-minded middleweight Chris Aucoin (4-5-1).
“We’re thrilled to be adding Michael Oliveira to an already exciting card that will air on Rogers Television,” co-promoter Adam Harris (Hennessy Sports) commented. “We are expecting a good turnout from the many Brazilians living in the Greater Toronto area.”