Gala at the Montreal Casino | Fara El-Bousairi misses the weight, her entourage pleads a communication error

(Montreal) The weigh-in did not go smoothly for the Spaniard of Moroccan origin Fara El-Bousairi, who must face Quebecer Kim Clavel on Thursday at the Cabaret du Casino de Montréal.

El-Bousairi (8-3, 3 KOs) weighed 111.4 pounds, while the fight limit had been set at 110 pounds by both clans. Clavel (17-2, 3 KOs) weighed 109.8 pounds.

The Quebecer usually fights at light flyweight, at 108 pounds.

El-Bousairi’s entourage claimed poor communication between the matchmaker and the manager of the European pugilist. His coach quickly made it known that he did not intend to pay the penalty of 20% of the purse to Clavel, as stipulated in the contracts.

Yvon Michel’s response was unequivocal: the contracts were signed by the boxer and her manager at a weight of 110 pounds and they will pay.

The rest of this weigh-in for the five-fight gala went without a hitch, although Marisa Joanna Portillo (20-18-3, 4 KOs), opponent of Marie-Pier Houle (9-1-1 , 2 KOs) in the semi-final, had to try again twice in order to respect the limit of 140 pounds.

Minutes before officially stepping on the scale, she tested her weight in her underwear and naked, her eyes worried about what she saw on the display. In the end, she was able to register an official weight of 140 pounds, compared to 138.4 for Houle.

Derek Pomerleau (7-0, 5 KOs), Theo Owusu (3-0, 2 KOs) as well as Reid Twohey, in his professional debut, will also be there. Tickets are all sold out, but the fight is available on

A big name joins GYM


Alexis Barriere

Groupe Yvon Michel spoke last week of reconstruction. He added an important milestone to his team on Wednesday, when the Montreal promoter announced the arrival of Canadian heavyweight champion Alexis Barrière.

Although the formal contract has not yet been finalized, the two parties “have agreed on the general structures which will govern this agreement which will be finalized in the coming months”.

Barrière (11-0, 9 KOs) has not fought a professional fight since his victory by KO. technical against the Mexican Guillermo Casas (11-4-1, 6 KOs) in the first round at the MTelus in Montreal, October 13, 2023.

He also took part in the qualifying process for the Paris Olympics, but came up short after losing at his final tournament in Italy last month.

Barrière could have tried his luck one last time in a tournament to be presented in Thailand, but he decided to abandon his Olympic dream to devote himself to his professional career.

Barrière will now have in his corner a trainer of international reputation in Sugar Hill Steward, whom he greatly impressed when he was invited to Tyson Fury’s training camp in preparation for his (postponed) fight against Oleksandr Usyk.

The pugilist from St-Jean-sur-Richelieu will return to training camp on Thursday with the Briton’s team.

Fury, who is a World Boxing Council (WBC) champion, will attempt to unify the world belts against Usyk, who owns those of the World Boxing Association (WBA), International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Organization (WBO), on May 18, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Marc-André Gauthier, Barrière’s trainer since the amateur ranks, will become Steward’s assistant during fights and training camps.

Steward praised Barrière’s qualities at length at a press conference on Wednesday, ensuring that he sees the potential of a possible world champion in him.

When we know how few boxers are accepted by the owner of the renowned Kronk Gym in Detroit, we can only trust Steward’s words.

GYM should announce in the coming weeks the date of the first fight of its new foal.


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