By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
The leather continues to fly in Montreal, Canada. If two cards on a single day weren’t enough for fisticuff fans in the city, another marquee match-up is on the way in just two weeks. The ‘Pride of Providence’ and former Contender star and Peter Manfredo Jr. travels northward and will collide with hard-nosed Walid Smichet at the Casino de Montreal on Saturday April 18th. Manfredo (31-6 16KO) came up short in his last fight versus Sakio Bika in clash of Contenders from season one and three. “I know that Manfredo accepted meeting me because he believes I’m vulnerable and wants to restart his career,” said Smichet about the challenge. “I’ll will be ready though and eager to meet him in the small ring of the Casino.”
Former Canadian middleweight champion Smichet (20-5-3 14KO) has proved to be tough nut to crack as he has given the likes of John Duddy and Sebastien Demers all they can handle in the past, losing close decisions to both. In his last fight, Smichet would score four knockdowns of tough opponent Joshua Snyder and need every one as the fight ended up going to the scorecards after eight rounds. “We’ve seen a new dedication since that last fight,” said Smichet’s promoter Yvon Michel. “He’s in the gym training harder and is taking his career a lot more seriously.”
Manfredo is hoping that a win will get him to another GYM promoted fighter, top-15 rated (IBF &WBO) Sebastien Demers (27-2 10KO) who sees action on the same card versus Alfredo Contreras (10-4-1 4KO).
Manfredo confronts Smichet but eyes world-wide classifications of Demers: “Smichet is a tough boxer but predictable,” said Manfredo via press release. “He’s definitively not in my class and someone I’ll have to get by so I can do some serious things against another star of GYM,” he said referring to Demers.
Also on the card will be French import Ali Chebah (29-1-1 22KO) who will be battling for NABF honours in the 140 pound division against Joel Juarez (21-4-1 20KO) of Mexico. Undefeated middleweight David Lemieux (14-0 14KO) and welterweights Kevin Bizier (3-0) and Benyamine Besmi (10-0) will also see action. Tickets starting at $75 are presently available through GYM and the Admission Network.