Mandated by the WBC at their annual convention this past November in Cancun, world title elimination bout see the winner become the mandatory challenger to the title and earn a guaranteed shot at the WBC world champion of the division. The purse bid was set to take place earlier today in Mexico City. With only moments to go before the opening of the envelopes containing the offers set forth by each competing promoter, GYM’s official representative, Mr. Don Majesky finalized a deal with Rubio’s promoter Mr. Oswaldo Kuchle, securing the rights for this championship to be promoted by Groupe Yvon Michel.
The path to world championship glory is clear for the charismatic puncher from Laval. The current WBC middleweight world champion is Germany’s undefeated Sebastien Zbik (30-0-0, 10KO), 28 years old. He inherited the crown when the WBC elevated 2010’s fighter of the year, 35-year-old Argentine Sergio Martinez (46-2-2, 25KO), to Champion Emeritus. Zbik must defend his throne against the popular “Son of the Legend” Julio Chavez Jr. (41-0-0, 30KO), 24, of Culiacan, Mexico, in a championship bout proposed to take place this May in Mexico City. The winner of that fight will then be allowed to take one optional defense of his title before defending his belt against the winner of the April 8th eliminator between Lemieux and Rubio.
“I am thrilled with this news and very excited about all the possibilities that are waiting for me after I win this fight. I would like to thank GYM, as well as my entire team, who have steered me brilliantly to where I am standing right now. I know that it is now up to me alone to pass this test and enter the next chapter of my career. Rubio has a ton of experience and they tell me that he packs a hard punch, but now we’ll see if he can take one too” said the young Lemieux.
With Lemieux now a maximum of 2 victories away from the WBC world title, his ascent to the middleweight throne will definitely be a compelling show to follow.
Yet that is not the only compelling show to follow in Montreal right now, as the card has been announced for the upcoming third installment of the FAST AND FURIOUS series on February 11th, featuring two more of the city’s world title contenders: Antonin Décarie (24-1-0, 7KO) faces off against Shamone “The Truth” Alvarez (21-3-0, 12KO) and JoJo Dan (27-1-0 15KO) goes toe-to-toe with former world champion Steve Forbes (38-5-0, 11KO).