For honor : Bazinyan vs Phinn

Current NABF super-middleweight champion Erik Bazinyan (32-0, 23 KOs) will attempt to defend his title for the 7th time in a local fight with global implications against Shakeel Phinn (26-3-1, 17 KOs), and they will also compete for the WBA Continental North American title. Pitting the best of the North Crown against that of the South Crown of the Quebec metropolis, this duel, fought for the honor of the province, is scheduled for 10 rounds and will take place on May 2 at the Cabaret du Casino de Montréal. The full card will be broadcast live on Punching Grace and ESPN+ starting at 7:00 PM.

The 168 lb division is undoubtedly one of the most competitive and exciting divisions currently. Therefore, with the idea of offering boxing fans an exciting fight featuring two local athletes, Montreal promoter Eye of the Tiger confirms the bout between his boxer, current #2 WBA, #3 WBC, #3 WBO, and #5 IBF contender, Erik Bazinyan, and the man nicknamed “The Jamaican Juggernaut,” Shakeel Phinn. As Camille Estephan, president of EOTTM, points out, the objective is to offer an exciting evening while also keeping his protégé active;

“For us, it’s out of the question for Erik to wait without fighting because of the bottleneck created by the current world champion, Canelo Alvarez. So we continue our journey while seeking challenges for him, and Shakeel Phinn is definitely one of them. I tip my hat to them for accepting the challenge because obviously, the aspect of a local fight adds a lot of emotions. Boxing fans, who demand these duels between the best in the country, will certainly be the big winners. I can’t wait for this evening!”

Currently in a very favorable position in the rankings of the four federations and holding the NABF title in the division, Erik Bazinyan must stay ready for any significant fight that may arise this year. It is therefore essential for him to maintain his current momentum. Since his fight against Ronald Ellis in October 2023, which ended with a resounding knockout in the 6th round, “Bzo” has sent a clear message to the division. He then dominated veteran Billie Facundo Godoy, stopping him even earlier than anyone before, ending the fight in the 3rd round. In short, the Armenian-Canadian has reached another level in the past year, demonstrating that his determination to win knows no bounds;

“Phinn is a good fighter, I’ve been training with him since the amateur ranks, 11 years ago now. I respect him, but it’s a sport, and once in the ring, there’s no more friendship. Believe me, we will deliver quite a war! I will train very hard to keep my perfect record and take one step closer to the world title,” says Erik Bazinyan.

Shakeel Phinn, who also trains in Montreal, but with Ian McKillop, has not fought in the region since 2022. So, for him, it’s a return in front of a crowd where he will undoubtedly benefit from the support of many fans. Currently on a streak of five consecutive victories, it is highly likely that Phinn will give everything he has in the ring to win the belt and Bazinyan’s rankings. Accustomed to going rounds and holding his own, the Jamaican-Canadian can also cause an upset, as he did in his last fight by knocking out his opponent in the first round. His rebellious and opportunistic side in the ring can be dangerous.

“I’m delighted to have accepted this fight, especially since it will be in Montreal. I haven’t fought here in front of my supporters for 2 years, so when I was confirmed that it would be at the Casino, I was doubly happy. I’ve had some great victories there; I love that venue. Fighting against Erik represents an excellent opportunity especially since we are #1 and 2 in Canada. It will undoubtedly be a fight that boxing fans will enjoy,” adds Shakeel Phinn.

Tickets for this high-intensity evening, whose full card will be unveiled later, are on sale now via the www.ticketmaster.ca network. For more information, follow EOTTM on Facebook and Instagram @eottm_boxing as well as on “X” (Twitter) @eottm11 or subscribe to the #EOTTMARMY newsletter by filling out the online form.