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North American champion, Greg Lamothe to fight for world title Friday, Aug. 24. Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

Ten fights are on tap for Summer Slugfest VIII taking place Friday, Aug. 24 at Western Speedway.

The main event features Victoria’s Greg Lamothe owner of Martial Arts Unlimited. He will be going for the International Kickboxing Federation world welterweight title against Detroit’s Jeremy Henry, who sports a record of 10-0. Lamothe owns a record of 12-6, however, he has taken on opponents with much more experience and in that time has gone 9-2.

The two are expected to weigh in at 147 pounds.

“I feel really strong. I absolutely crushed my final workout before the taper period and have no concerns about my fitness being a factor,” said Lamothe. “If this fight goes five rounds, which I don’t plan to let it, I’ll be finishing strong.”

Lamothe is the current North American champion. He is planning to turn professional after this bout.

Victoria’s Alex Tribe, who sports a record of 9-5, will be taking on Austin Rodriquez of Calgary, who has seven wins and two losses to his credit. They will be fighting in the 165-pound middleweight division.

Both fights are scheduled for five rounds. Meanwhile, Victoria’s Landon Lardon (5-1) will be contesting a three-rounder against Calgary’s Oscar Dakiti. Dakiti will be looking to improve his record, which currently stands at 4-2.

Organizer Stan Peterec says, “Get tickets online or buy them at the door, your choice, but for the better tickets on the floor you want to get them now.”

Victoria’s Paul Kru (2-1) at 160-pounds will be taking on David Callbeck (3-0) from Lloydminster, Saskatchewan.

Michiyo Shew will try to win her first fight, she lost in her first outing in April at Friday Night Fights that took place at the Eagle Ridge Centre. It was a close match that ended in a decision. She will take on Renee Fung of Vancouver. They are in the 105-pound division. Fung has won both of her first two fights.

Four Mixed Martial Arts fights are on tap

James McLeod will be fighting for the first time (0-0) against Ethan McKenna, both of Victoria. First-time fights can often be quite exciting.

Jason Szakal of Victoria with a record of 4-4 will face Jordan Howes of Campbell River. They will be fighting in the 165-pound class. While Amrit Sekon (1-1) will take on Raphael Ouellet of Campbell River (0-0), they will be fighting in the 145-pound division.

Lloydminster’s Andrew Mavaridis (2-0) will fight Nelson Spreevw of Powell River, who has yet to fight.

To open the night, Travis Currie of Victoria will be facing Chris Henrion who is 0-1, this will be Currie’s first bout. They are fighting in the 165-pound weight class.

Doors open at 6:30 pm. fighting starts at 7:30 pm.