November Unification Bout with WBA Champ Caballero Looms
MNJIKANING (RAMA), ON, Aug. 30 /CNW/ - Once again, "The Canadian Kid"
Steve Molitor (28-0, 11 KO's) made being a world champion look deceptively
easy, turning back the determined challenge of Ceferino Labarda (18-1, 7 KO's)
via a tenth round technical knockout Friday night in the main event of Rumble
at Rama V, at Casino Rama.
Like his previous four title defenses, the IBF Junior Featherweight
champion demonstrated a rare brilliance in every facet of the sweet science,
punishing the previously undefeated Labarda with crisp hooks, crosses, and
debilitating body shots.
After needing a couple of rounds to get in a rhythm, Molitor began
landing bombs with both hands, gradually wearing down the resolute Labarda,
flooring him in the ninth before a punishing flurry prompted referee Charlie
Fitch to step in and stop the fight.
Official time was 2:34 seconds of the tenth round.
"It was definitely one of my best performances," a triumphant Molitor
told the media after the fight. "I didn't go out to try and stop him. I just
went in and put my punches together. I knew once I hurt him to the body in the
ninth he was going out."
The Molitor victory paves the way for Casino Rama and Orion Sports
Management to close the deal on one of the biggest fights in Canadian boxing
history - a title unification bout between "The Canadian Kid" and WBA champion
Celestino Caballero, of Panama, on November 21. That superfight depends on
Caballero successfully defending his title on September 18 in Panama against
lightly regarded Elvis Meija.
"We've crossed one hurdle, now we await September 18," said Allan
Tremblay, President of Orion Sports Management. "I'll be sitting ringside in
Panama with a contract in my pocket for Caballero to sign."
Pending sanctioning by the IBF, WBA, and the Ontario Athletic Commission,
a Molitor-Caballero showdown at Casino Rama would be the first title
unification bout ever on Canadian soil, and the most significant bout in
Canada since the 1980 Roberto Duran vs. Sugar Ray Leonard blockbuster at
Montreal's Olympic Stadium.
"The Rumble at Rama series has established Casino Rama as a world class
venue for elite championship boxing, and is immensely successful," said Jeff
Craik, Casino Rama Vice President, Marketing. "Bringing a Molitor-Caballero
unification bout to the Casino Rama ring would be unlike anything we've ever
seen in Canada before."
In addition to Molitor's convincing victory over Labarda at Rumble at
Rama V, Canadian Heavyweight champion Raymond Olubowale avenged a brutal KO
loss to Demetrice King, earning a hard fought six-round unanimous decision
over the Michigan fighter. Heavyweight Greg Kielsa topped tough Jerry Butler
over eight exciting rounds. Two Montreal fighters retained their NABA belts.
Super featherweight Benoit Gaudet outlasted iron-chinned Alejandro Barrera
over ten thrilling rounds, while Olivier Lontchi eked out a split decision
draw over upset-minded Eduardo Garcia.
Orion Sports Management is an Ontario based promotional company known for
staging first-class boxing events. Run by former Canadian Airline executive
Allan Tremblay, Orion is the force behind Ontario's biggest match ups, from
their launch event at The Air Canada Centre ("The Night Of The Hurricane") to
a series of televised events in the Niagara region featuring "Baby Joe" Mesi,
Razor Ruddock, Egerton Marcus, and Steve Molitor.
Operating 24-hours a day, seven days a week since July 31, 1996, Casino
Rama is Ontario's only First Nations commercial casino. The Casino offers a
complete entertainment experience with over 2,500 slot machines, more than 110
gaming tables, ten unique restaurants, a world-class 5,000 seat Entertainment
Centre and a 300-room all-suite, full-service hotel, featuring spa and health
club facilities. Casino Rama is operated by Penn National Gaming, Inc.
For further information:
For further information: Allan Tremblay, President, Orion Sports
Management, (905) 454-0899; Lesley Robinson, Casino Rama Media Relations
Manager, (705) 329-5179; Jason Abelson, Communications Coordinator, Orion
Sports Management, (416) 778-9280