Boxing card now complete for action-packed card at Pickering Casino Resort

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Published January 27, 2023 at 3:47 pm

Sukhdeep Singh in action last year

The final two bouts at an explosive boxing night this Saturday at the Pickering Casino Resort – the first event in the just opened Arena and one that has been sold out for weeks – have been finalized with a pair of Mexican fighters brought in to fill out the card.

Two local fighters will headline the United Promotions event, with unbeaten Ajax welterweight Sukhdeep Singh Bhatti bringing his 13-0 record and his legion of fans to the ring to fight German Victor Ionascu (11-2), while fellow Ajacian Brandon ‘Bad Boy’ Cook (23-2) faces Richard Holmes of Jamaica (19-12) in a super welterweight bout.

Two tough boxers who could be headlining their own boxing cards – Ricardo Brown (9-0), a heavyweight and former Olympian who fights out of Brantford, and Jamaican middleweight Kemahl Russell (13-1) – had until recently been scheduled to fight opponents “to be announced” but now know who they will share the ring with.

Brown will square off with Cruz Duran Sarmiento (4-0-2) and Russell will face veteran fighter Luis Enrique Montelongo (16-10).

Other bouts on the evening in the 2,500-seat arena include super lightweights Mark Smithers of Barrie (9-0) against Jorge Amaya Diaz of Mexico (7-4) and highly regarded middleweight Melinda Watpool of Toronto (1-0) vs Mexico’s Valerie Alonzo (1-3-1).

Cook, who fought Mexican superstar Jamie Munguia (still unbeaten at 41-0 and now fighting as a middleweight) for the WBO super welterweight title in Las Vegas in 2018, was last in action September 10 at Brampton’s CAA Centre when he took out Stepan Horvath via TKO.

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Singh also fought on that card, going the distance with tough Italian fighter Xhuljo Vrenozi before earning a unanimous decision.

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