Christian Mbilli to kick off his 2018 against Jesus Gurrola tonight in Montreal
Middleweight prospect Christian Mbilli returns to action tonight after a very successful debut year of 2017. The former amateur standout and 2016 French Olympian will face veteran Jesus Gurrola in an eight-round bout at the Montreal Casino in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Mbilli (7-0, 7 knockouts), who is originally from Cameroon and now lives and trains in Montreal, made his pro debut on February 9 of last year. Mbilli was very active in 2017, fighting seven times in a span of about 10 months.
Promoter Yvon Michel put Mbilli in his first eight-round bout on December 14, in which Mbilli, 22, dropped Robert Swierzbinski three times en route to a fifth round technical knockout victory.
Gurrola (24-12-3, 12 KOs), who resides in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, last fought on June 30, losing an eight-round majority decision to Phil Lo Greco. He has lost four of his last six bouts.
In the 10-round main event, middleweight contender Francis Lafreniere will square off against Albert Onolunose (22-1-1, 7 KOs).
Lafreniere (16-5-2, 9 KOs) has won his last 13 bouts and his ranked No. 9 by the WBO and No. 15 by the IBF. Onolunose is unbeaten in his last five bouts.
Unbeaten Dario Bredicean (15-0, 4 KOs) will face Guillermo Romero (12-4, 9 KOs) in an eight-round super middleweight bout.
Super middleweight Shakeel Phinn (16-2, 11 KOs) will square off against Remigiusz Woz (11-2, 6 KOs) in an eight-round bout.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV.com since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper, BoxingScene.com and FightNights.com. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing.
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