INJURIES AND VISA ISSUES FORCE REVAMPING OF TKO43 CARD; UNDEFEATED PROSPECTS GET TITLE SHOTS
Montreal, Quebec (Canada), Thursday April 26th 2018 – The last 2 weeks leading up to events are always the most tense for fight promoters as that is the time when last minute injuries or other issues that force contestants to pull out of their fight and there is little to no time to find suitable replacements. Unfortunately, the TKO43 card was faced with those problems over the last few days and, as such, have forced us to make changes to four bouts, two of them title fights.
First, Pedro Gostinski Jr. sustained two broken ribs in his last week of training and is thus unable to fight Jonathan Meunier (8-1-0, 5 KO, 2 sub) for the welterweight title in the co-main event next Friday. However, Meunier will be in action and fighting for the championship as he takes on an undefeated top prospect, Algeria’s Menad “The Boss” Abella (5-0-0, 4 KO).
Also, Luis Rafael Laurentino, a last minute replacement scheduled to face Jesse Arnett (14-4, 3 KO, 9 sub) for the bantamweight championship when Nate Maness was injured, was unable to obtain a visa from the Canadian embassy in Sao Paulo given the short delay for his application to be processed by the embassy. TKO is working extremely hard to find a suitable replacement that will challenge Arnett for his TKO 135lb championship. More news should be announced shortly.
Furthermore, Cleiton Duarte’s visa application was denied by the Canadian embassy in Sao Paulo due to his travel history. Although TKO’s legal team is working on getting the issue resolved in order for him to fight for the organization soon, this process will not be completed by next week, forcing him to pull out of his fight with Alex Morgan (7-3-0, 4 KO). As a result, Morgan has accepted to face France’s Christopher “Black Samurai” Sengele (5-4-0, 1 KO, 3 sub), who was originally scheduled against the injured Kevin Genereux, at a catchweight of 152 pounds.
Finally, David Castro has been forced to pull out of his fight against Stephane Lavoie (0-1) due to a family illness that has forced him to travel abroad. Lavoie will take on Ottawa’s Mateo Vogel (1-0-0, 1 sub), who will exceptionally compete at 145 pounds for the occasion.
TKO would like to thank all fighters and camps involved with these changes for their professionalism and understanding of what has been a very challenging process. We look forward to putting on a great event next Friday, May 4th at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City. Tickets are still available by calling 1-855-790-1245, online at www.lecentrevideotron.ca or at the Videotron Centre box office.
For more details on the TKO43 complete fight card, please visit this link: tkomma.ca/fight/tko43