(JUNE 14) Sydney LeBlanc Steps in
to Face Two-Time Gold Medalist Claressa Shields for WBC Silver
Super Middleweight Championship at Detroit Brawl, Looking for an
Upset this Friday.
Sydney "Ginger the Ninja" LeBlanc
is stepping in on three days' notice to face Women's NABF
Middleweight Champion, Claressa "T-Rex" Shields of Flint,
Michigan, in the eight-round main event of Salita Promotions'
"Detroit Brawl" this Friday, June 16, 2017, at the Masonic
Temple in Detroit.
33-year-old LeBlanc (4-1-1) from Gretna, Louisiana, represents a
step up in competition from original opponent Mery Rancier, who
was unable to participate due to visa issues. A six-year pro who
was already in training for a fight on June 10, LeBlanc says
she's eager for the chance to upset the two-time Olympian and
budding women's superstar Shields.
"I've been pro boxing for nine years, since before the Olympics
had a women's division and I've taken a lot of time off because
of a lack of available opponents," explained LeBlanc. "These
Olympians are reopening the gates for all female fighters.
Everybody was on the shelf for years. This is the first time
female boxing has been popular since the Ann Wolfe days, so I'm
very appreciative of the opportunities they are bringing. I've
never watched any of my opponents before a fight, but I know
about Claressa Shields and I want to fight her. I'm looking at
this fight as a good chance to see where I'm at, skill-wise and
I'll be ready."
Shields vs. LeBlanc will be contested for the WBC Silver Super
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In the 10-round co-main event, undefeated Detroit cruiserweight
Demetrius Banks (9-0, 4 KOs) will take on Detroit via Russia's
Alexey Zubov (14-1, 9 KOs).
In the night's main supporting bout, undefeated welterweight
pulverizer Bakhtiyar Eyubov (12-0, 10 KOs) of Aktjubinsk,
Kazakhstan, will look to stay busy waiting for his next
high-profile step, as he attempts to inflict his crowd-pleasing
style on always-tough Cesar Soriano (27-35-1, 16 KOs) Iztacalco,
Mexico, over six rounds.
In another of the chief supporting bouts, Detroit's rising
talent and "Great Lakes King" Ja'Rico O'Quinn (6-0, 5 KOs)
returns to action in a six-round bantamweight brawl against
David Martino (2-2, 2 KOs) of San Felipe, Mexico.
Also scheduled is an all-action six-round super welterweight
battle between Antonio Urista (7-2, 2 KOs) of Lansing, Michigan,
and highly decorated former amateur star Serdar Hudayberdiyev
(3-0, 2 KOs) of Turkmenabat, Turkey.
Opening the night will be a six-round super lightweight tilt
between Staten Island, New York via Kazakhstan's Dimash Niyazov
(10-0-3, 4 KOs) and Grand Rapids, Michigan, veteran Ramon
Guevara (10-24-2, 6 KOs); as well as a four-round welterweight
bout between undefeated Jacob Bonas (2-0-1, 1 KO) of Bellville,
Michigan, and Clinton Township, Michigan's Tony Brooks (1-1).
On fight night, doors open at 7:00 pm and the fights begin at