Venegas versus Lamothe (right). Credit: Christopher Kelsall

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Victoria’s Greg Lamothe will be fighting for the vacant International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) world welterweight title, Friday, August 24th at Western Speedway.

He will be fighting 24-year-old Detroit native Jeremy “Badcombination” Henry.

Henry is the reigning welterweight (142-147 pounds) IKF World Classic kickboxing tournament champion. He sports a record of 10-0 with four wins by knockout. He also is 1-0 as a mixed martial arts fighter.

Lamothe currently owns the IFK North American title, which he won when he defeated Osvaldo Venegas of Los Angeles at Summer Slugfest VII on Sept. 9 last year.

“I know Henry is ranked #1 in my weight class by the IKF,” shared Lamothe. “I’ve yet to find any footage of him fighting, but I believe in my skills at this weight class.”

Lamothe jabs Dvorak at Pearkes Arena, April 2017. Credit: Christopher Kelsall

Lamothe had a spectacular performance on April 21 last year at Pearkes Arena, where he knocked out Peter Dvorak – an opponent who came equipped with 51 fights to his credit. At the time, the 10-6 Lamothe (including two wins in boxing) could have declined the fight.

He is now 12-6.

“I feel very strong. I’ll be ready to deal with whatever he brings on fight night.”

The fight card dubbed Summer Slugfest VIII is currently in development, but also includes World Boxing Union heavyweight champion Adam “The Boogeyman” Braidwood, who is slated to fight long-awaited opponent Simon Kean of Trois Rivieres, QC. He is the Intercontinental Boxing Union heavyweight champion.

Braidwood won his most recent fight in Edmonton on Saturday, April 28 at the Shaw Conference  Centre with a fourth-round knockout of Mexican Hugo Leon, who entered the ring with a 5-1 record.

Braidwood sat Leon with a combination that ended with a right uppercut to the chin.

Braidwood is now 13-1 with 12 wins by knockout and one by unanimous decision.

“He was a bit slick and to be honest we have been preparing for Kean,” shared Braidwood. “I felt like I expended too much energy and could have made the fight easier but you know what? I’m a fighter and I did what had to be done.”

Braidwood celebrating latest win in Edmonton over Leon.

The former defensive end for the Edmonton Eskimos entered the ring ranked ninth in Canada.

Kean sports a record of 14-0-0 with 13 knockouts. If Braidwood wins, he will move up the world rankings to the top-30.

The fight will take place in Shawinigan, QC on June 16.