Victoria’s Adam Braidwood, the World Boxing Union (WBU) heavyweight champion, will be taking on Trois Rivières’ Simon Kean, who currently possesses the International Boxing Organization (IBO) Inter-Continental heavyweight title, Saturday in Shawinigan, QC.
It is being billed by the promotor, Eye of the Tiger Management, as the fight of the year in Canada.
Kean owns a professional record of 14-0 with 13 knockouts, while Braidwood sports a 13-1 record with 12 KO’s to his credit.
“Don’t expect the fight to finish early. I want to torture Braidwood over 12 long and painful rounds and send him to the canvas at the very end. I want him to pay dearly for everything he’s said about me over the last few months. I will have no pity,” said Kean to the media.
Braidwood is a former Edmonton Eskimo and is newer to boxing than Kean is, however, has improved the technical aspect of his game over the past year with Coach Rich Lestage.
“Kean has more boxing-specific experience, but Braidwood can win this fight, he now has the skills and has the natural talent to do so,” shared two-time middleweight world kickboxing champion Stan Peterec.
Braidwood is 12-0 in his last dozen matches, 11 were won by KO or TKO. The only loss that he has suffered was his second bought in 2009 before he took the sport seriously.
“Simon complains that he hasn’t faced real adversity so far in the pro ranks. I can guarantee that it will be different on June 16, when he will, at last, be faced with a real test. We will see if he can take a punch, and also if he is as promising as they say he is,” said Braidwood. “Don’t misunderstand me. I wasn’t in great shape and I had trained very little when I faced Eri Martel-Bahoéli. This time, I am highly motivated and I’ve been doing double duty in the gym. Simon will need to have a good game plan to come out of it well.”
The bout will take place at the Centre Gervais Auto in Shawinigan and will be broadcast by on-demand TV starting at 7:00 pm eastern or 4:00 pm Pacific.