Photo: Ryan Remiorz, The canadian Press
Eleider Álvarez will defend the 2nd of February, at Frisco, Texas, the seat belt light heavyweight in the World Boxing Organization, he was thrilled to Sergey Kovalev last August 4 in one of the fights of the year on the international scene.
The patience of the clan Eleider Álvarez eventually pay off. The Montreal-colombian origin has signed this week a lucrative contract with the american developer Top Rank and its partner, ESPN.
The agreement made by Group Yvon Michel and Top Rank, the two sponsors of Álvarez for a period of seven fights, or twenty-four months from the rematch against Sergey Kovalev on the 2nd of February next, at Frisco, Texas.
Álvarez will defend, then the belt light heavyweight in the World Boxing Organization (WBO), that it has pleased Russian the 4 last August in one of the fights of the year on the international scene.
This covenant guarantees to Álvarez (24-0, 12 K.-O.) to receive at least one million us dollars per fight, in addition to obtaining a share of the revenues from ticket sales and from the tv to the card.
The agreement also provides at least one fight per year in Quebec for the new champion. If he were to win the February 2, his next duel would take place in the Beautiful Province.
In addition to the agreement with Top Rank, Álvarez has extended the one that is already bound to the GYM until 2022. What’s more, Al Haymon, the powerful owner of Premier Boxing Champions, is excluded from this agreement between Alvarez, who is part of his team, and Top Rank. “It was an amicable agreement with Haymon about this pact,” said the manager of Alvarez, Stéphane Lépine.
Over the years, several have suggested to Alvarez leaving the GYM, his trainer Marc Ramsay, as well as Lépine. These bad advisers told him then that his friends do not care enough of him. He is happy not to have listened.
“I am very proud of the path we have traveled together, and have remained loyal to all these people,” said the one who wants her family to come to Colombia during the next year.
Álvarez and Ramsay will be leaving for Colombia on Sunday to continue their training camp for the fight with Kovalev. The Holiday season, Álvarez and Ramsay did not taste.
“We have two workouts scheduled for 24, followed by a run and a session in the gym on the 25th, noted Ramsay. It is also leads to the 31 December and 1 January. For us, these are numbers. He will leave on Sunday, but don’t ask me what date it is !
“It was a bit of a “dream team” here, with steph and Yvon. It should not be forgotten that all this is made possible thanks to the performance of Eleider. It is necessary to ensure the same level of performance for this beautiful story to continue. “
The clan Alvarez will return to exactly the same place in Bogota, where he had fine-tuned his preparation for the clash on August 4.
“This is a neighborhood tough : you don’t go out alone at night for nothing, told Ramsay of their facilities in colombia. Gentrification is a danger that threatens the boxers. We would have been able to find an apartment, a neighborhood more comfortable, but we wanted to end up in exactly the same situation. I love this kind of camp where we have our bodyguards around us. “
The GYM has also announced the signing of a new boxer, the Cameroonian Wilfried Seyi, silver medalist of the last Commonwealth Games.
He lost by knockout in the olympic Games of Rio de Janeiro.
The one who is led by Stéphan Larouche was established in Quebec in the past three months. He has also served as a training partner to Jean Pascal for his world championship fight of the World Boxing Association (WBA) against Dmitry Bivol, last November.
Seyi has delivered two fights in the professionals up here, winning both, including one by K.-O., on the 1st of December. He fights for the moment in the mid-heavy, but the goal is to go down in the super-average, or 168.
In his last duel, he displayed a weight of 172.5 pounds, while the limit in the light-heavyweight and 175.
Dicaire receives his belt
Finally, the GYM has introduced to Marie-Eve Dicaire his belt, super-mid-sized of the International Boxing Federation (IBF), a title that she won against Argentina Chris Namus.
GYM would like to hold a gala event around the first title defense of Dicaire in march. The promoter montreal wants to offer to Namus a championship fight on this card for another belt.
Dicaire (14-0, 0 K.-O.) is not required by contract to grant a rematch to Namus.