Another gem of an all-Canadian match-up is finalized for Oct. 27 in Montreal where Alberta’s Steve ‘The Dragon’ Claggett will face off against unbeaten rising Quebec star Yves Ulysse Jr. Eye of the Tiger Management officially announced the bout and card at a press conference earlier today. There is already huge buzz across the nation in the wake of yet another fight in 2017 pitting two of Canada’s top fighters in the same weight class against one another.
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Ulysse and Claggett are ranked No. 1 and 2 respectively by Boxrec among Canadian super lightweights. The Alberta charge has been campaigning at 140 pounds for over a year since spending the majority of his career at welterweight. Ulysse has campaigned the bulk of his resume to date just over the 140-pound limit, coming in under it by a fraction of a pound in his last two outings.
Claggett (25-4-1, 17 KOs) has been surging in the last two years, twice headlining in Las Vegas where he clearly defeated Connor McGregor spar-mate Chris van Heerden (only to be robbed on the cards) and handed highly touted American Emmanuel Robles his first loss – both bouts were seen live headlining on CBS Sports on major network American television.
FightFan.com caught up with ‘The Dragon’ earlier today and he had the following to say:
“Let’s just say this fight is going to show something that the boxing world has not seen from me yet. There have been many ups and downs in my life that not many people know about. That’s the life of a fighter. I picked it so I accept everything that comes with it, but these days I have my life in order. I’m focused, I’m hungry, I have the best team around me that I could possible have and the best trainer in my corner. We are a force to be reckoned with. We have created something special over here and Team Ulysses is going to find out exactly what kind of force we are on October 27. I want the whole world to tune in and let’s see who the best light welterweight in the country is.”
Ulysse Jr. (14-0, 9 KOs) is equally red hot as of late, reeling off three straight victories in 2017 alone, including a showcase victory on HBO stopping previously unbeaten Zachary Ochoa on the David Lemieux-Curtis Stevens undercard.
“This fight will allow me to add tools in my chest,” Ulysse told The Montreal Journal Thursday. “He is bigger and harder than [my last opponent] Sismundo. I will try to apply my style during the ten rounds. It’s good for me. I’ll learn more about him during the fight. It will take me to another level.”
Quebec based Canadian powerhouse promoter Eye of the Tiger Management is no stranger to putting their young fighters in tough, pitting Steven Butler against Brandon Cook last year. They are high on their charge Ulysse Jr. and a fight with Claggett would put the winner in line for a global title fight.
The bout is set to be held at MTelus, formerly the Métropolis concert hall on Ste-Catherine Street in Montreal’s popular night district. It has been host to popular acts such as David Bowie, Beck, Kraftwerk, Radiohead and Coldplay over the years.
The card is still in the planning stages but also looks set to include the return of Montreal’s Steven ‘Bang Bang’ Butler, heavyweight attraction Simon Kean, Batyrzhan Jukembayev, Mathieu Germain, David Theroux and more! Eye of the Tiger Management packs their cards full of pro action so this event is not to be missed!
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