A series of Ontario vs Quebec fights have been set up for cards coming your way this fall, with familiar names and rising prospects involved in a pair of Canadian fight dates.
"The cross-provincial rivalry between Ontario and Quebec is intense in all sports," promoter Adam Harris of Hennessy Sports said. "Canada's rich boxing history is keeping this rivalry going strong today. From Ontario's Lennox Lewis, George Chuvalo and Tommy Burns, to Quebec's Arturo Gatti, Lucan Bute and Jean Pascal, both provinces have had so many great boxers over the years, right up to now. We're proud to be continuing this heated boxing rivalry with McGuiness fighting Gaudet."
On November 5, former super bantamweight titlist Steve Molitor (33-2, 12 KO) will return to the ring for the first time since losing to Takalani Ndlovu in March, facing Sebastien Gauthier (21-2, 13 KO) on the Lucian Bute vs Glen Johnson undercard. Molitor, 31, is a native of Sarnia, Ontario, and fights today out of Mississauga. Gauthier, 29, is a native of Saint-Jerome, Quebec.
(That show will also feature Pier Olivier Cote (17-0, 11 KO) vs Jorge Luis Teron (25-2-1, 17 KO) in a nice step-up for Cote.)
An October 22 card will also stoke the flames of the rivalry. In the main event, Ontario's Logan McGuinness (15-0-1, 7 KO) faces Benoit Gaudet (24-2, 10 KO) at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga. Also on that card, Samuel Vargas (7-0-1, 1 KO) meets Ahmad Cheikho (6-3-2, 5 KO). Vargas, a Colombian, fights out of Mississauga, while the Lebanese-born Cheikho fights out of Montreal.