SHAWINIGAN | At the end of the fight between David Lemieux and Francy Ntetu, Camille Estephan breathed a sigh of relief. His gala, his first since February 21, had just ended on a high note.
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Fans were not spoiled for this revival of boxing in Canada. The other two fights on the program did not pass the first round.
“The duel between David and Francy saved the evening,” said Camille Estephan a few minutes after the victory of his protégé. David was found to have brought his power up to the 168 lb division level. ”
The businessman claims he already has an offer on the table for Lemieux’s next fight. On the other hand, it is far from being in the bag.
“We are not close to an agreement. There is in particular the amount of the scholarship that must be paid, said Estephan. Before going any further in the negotiations, I want to make sure that David is in good health.
“Tonight (Saturday), he ate some good shots.”
If all goes well, Estephan would like to host another gala on November 14 at an undetermined location at the moment.
“Under current conditions, we know that we will not be able to present a gala in the red zone,” he said. I’m pretty sure Public Health wouldn’t agree.
“We may have to go a little further north of Quebec.”
We can easily think of the city of Saguenay as a potential destination for an event. However, as we have seen many times over the past seven months, it will be necessary to see how the pandemic situation unfolds.
For the moment, the Saguenay region is still in the yellow zone. It’s a good sign, but one can think that it will be another gala behind closed doors.
As for the health protocol, Estephan and his team came close to perfection on Saturday in Shawinigan. Nothing has been forgotten.
“We couldn’t be safer,” added Estephan. Of course there are things to improve, but I’m very satisfied overall. We had a different experience. “
This evening, we would witness the start of the 140 lb tournament. The draw for the first clashes will take place on Tuesday.
The winner will get an additional prize of $ 50,000 and at least three minor titles. Estephan has confirmed he is trying to add a fourth.
► Despite the defeat, Francy Ntetu was happy with his performance. The 38-year-old boxer has no plans to hang up his gloves.