Undefeated North American Boxing Federation (NABF) lightweight champion Ghislain "Mani" Maduma (15-0, 9 KOs) will make his first NABF title defense Wednesday night, February 5 against Mexican knockout artist John Carlo Aparicio (26-7, 21 KOs), live on pay per view from New City Gas in Montreal, Canada.
Eye Of The Tiger Management (EOTT) will launch its new Boxing Lounge Series with a strong top-to-bottom card, which will be available to watch worldwide as a $19.99 PPV event being streamed in high-definition via www.PunchingGrace.com. Maduma vs. Aparicio will be the 12-round main event and world-class welterweight Antonin Decarie (28-2, 8 KOs) faces Cesar "El Dolar" Chavez (21-5, 9 KOs) in the eight-round co-feature.
"This series is made to be seen on the screen in HD," EOTTM president Camille Estephan explained. "IPTV is the future in terms of watching entertainment. Our series is old school boxing with cigars, Scotch, tables and seats for 500, in an intimate environment. It really looks great on the screen. PunchingGrace will bring real-life boxing to viewers. They'll be close to the action in the ring, as well in the back area before and after fights. It is available worldwide and we're also developing a network of bars around the world to take it. We're very excited about this undertaking."
The 29-year-old Maduma, who lives in Montreal, is world rated at No. 3 by the World Boxing Council (WBC) and No. 6 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF). Maduma, who is also the reigning WBC Continental 135-pound title-holder, is coming off of one-sided unanimous decision (120-108, 119-109, 118-110) victory last September over Fermin De Los Santos (24-14-2, 16 KOs), who had been unbeaten in his previous 15 fights.
"This is going to be a big year for me," Maduma said. "Everything is in place for me to accomplish my goal of becoming world champion. First, though, I need to take care of business with Aparicio, a tough Mexican veteran with a lot of experience. I never look past one fight to another.
"The lightweight division is exciting but lacks a big name right now. Our division has a lot of good fighters and I plan to emerge as the lightweight champion of the world. I have all the tools to dominate opponents and I'm gaining the experience I'll need to beat the very best."
Aparicio is a former WBC Mundo Hispanic super featherweight and WBC FECOMBOX light welterweight champion.
"Ghislain has blazing hand speed, power and accuracy," commented Estephan, who promotes Maduma. "He's explosive and always in top condition. He wants to win the world title this year and that's our plan. Ghislain has always been a very special talent. He was a young father at 18 and has three children. As an amateur, all he did was work, go to school and compete in tournaments. He didn't have time to train back then. Ghislain, like all of our fighters, now does extensive strength-and-conditioning workouts at highly-respected Centre Claude Robillard alongside Canadian Olympians.
"There are always doubters in boxing. They doubted me when I talked about (EOTTM stable-mates and world title challengers) Bermane Stiverne and Dierry Jean. They're missing the boat with Ghislain, too. Not only is he going to be a world lightweight champion, he's going to be the No. 1 lightweight in the world and a major headliner."
"Boxing Lounge" also features Decarie, the popular Quebec boxerwho is rated No. 11 by the WBC. Decarie's last fight was this past September, in which he won a six-round decision versus Salim Larbi (17-3-2), after dropping a 10-round decision to Luis Carlos Abregu (34-1, 28 KOs) last April for the vacant WBC Silver Championship.
"After Antonin's loss to Abregu," Estephan noted, "he came back to fight a bigger opponent, Larbi, who is really a light middleweight. Coming off a loss, Larbi was a very tough opponent, and a good test for Antonin. He will face another good test in this upcoming fight so he can get back into world title contention. He's not too far off right now. Adjustments have been put in place so that he'll be ready to take advantage of his next opportunity to get a world title shot."
The undercard will showcase many of Canada's most exciting prospects such as super middleweight Schiller Hyppolite (8-1, 5 KOs) in an eight-round bout; light middleweight Mian Hussain (7-0, 4 KOs) and lightweights Ibrahim "Fireman" Kamal (9-1, 6 KOs), Michael "L'Unique" Gadbois (9-0-2 (3 KOs) and Chris Plaitis (5-0-1) in separate six-round fights; and welterweight Mitch Louis-Charles (2-1-1, 1 KOs) and light heavyweight Erik Bazinyan (2-0, 2 KOs) in four-round matches.