Live professional boxing will return to Centre 200 when Three Lions Promotions hosts its Valentine’s Day Massacre card at the Sydney venue Friday.
The six-fight card will feature action in the super featherweight, welterweight, middleweight and cruiserweight divisions, beginning at 7 p.m.
Sydney Forks boxer Ryan Rozicki will defend his WBC International Silver Cruiserweight Championship in the main event when he faces Vladimir Reznicek of the Czech Republic.
Meanwhile, Georges River’s Josh Prince will make his professional debut against Adam Hazelton of Yarmouth, N.S., as part of the undercard.
Here’s a preview of each fight on the card:
Welterweight: Redmond vs. Rodriguez
Carolyn Redmond of Beswick, N.B. (2-0-0, 1KO) and Karina Rodriguez of Mexico (3-1-1, 1KO) will square off in in a four-round bout.
Both fighters have winning records and are coming off victories in their last fights.
Redmond, a 29-year-old product of New Brunswick, last fought on Nov. 23 in Niagara Falls, Ont., defeating Gisela Noemi Luna by unanimous decision.
As for Rodriguez, 24, she hasn’t fought outside of her home country of Mexico. Her last fight came on July 5 when she recorded a unanimous decision victory over Valeria Segovia.
Welterweight: Wilcox vs. Montelongo
Jessie Wilcox of Hamilton, Ont. (14-0-2, 9KOs) will put his undefeated record on the line when he steps in the ring against Luis Montelongo of Mexico City (12-7-0, 3KOs).
Wilcox, 28, and Montelongo, 24, both enter the eight-round fight with wins in their last bouts.
Wilcox last fought on Sept. 7, knocking out Azael Villegas in front of his hometown fans in Hamilton.
Montelongo last strapped on the gloves for a fight on Nov. 23 when he defeated Luis Alberto Perez by technical knockout in Mexico.
Wilcox is familiar with Cape Breton boxing fans. Last May, he won by unanimous decision at Centre 200 over Nestor Fernando Garcia.
Meanwhile, Montelongo has experience fighting in Canada. He’s been part of fight cards in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., Mississauga, Ont., and Niagara Falls, Ont.
Middleweight: Brewer vs. Perez
Brandon Brewer of Richville, N.B. (23-1-1, 11KOs) brings his impressive professional record back to Sydney for the second time in his career. The New Brunswick product was part of the card last May in Sydney where he picked up a unanimous decision over Isaac Mireles.
Brewer, 35, last fought on June 29 in Providence, R.I., where he lost by unanimous decision to Mark DeLuca.
As for his opponent in the eight-round bout, Josue Castaneda Perez, 32, (14-12-3, 4KOs) has never fought in Canada and is coming off a decision in his last fight on Nov. 29 against Ismael Gonzalez in Mexico.
Super Featherweight: Babineau vs. Bernal
Dominic Babineau of Richibucto Village, N.B. (12-2-0, 9KOs) will make his Sydney debut when he challenges Pedro Bernal of Mexico City (5-1-1, 3KOs) in a six-round fight.
Babineau, 28, enters the fight with a strong record and is coming off a technical knockout victory over Domingo Vazquez in Dalhousie, N.B., on Nov. 9.
Meanwhile, Bernal last fought on Jan. 18 in his home country of Mexico against Humberto Torres Rodriguez. The outcome was not available.
Bernal has some experience fighting in Canada. He’s participated in two cards — in Cornwall, Ont. and Saskatoon, Sask. He won both fights by unanimous decision over Lentz Lundy and
Wayne Smith respectively.
Super Middleweight: Prince vs. Hazelton
Josh Prince of Georges River will make his professional debut tonight. Earlier this week he said he couldn’t be more excited to get into the Centre 200 ring.
Prior to joining the pro ranks, the 20-year-old had a 22-13 amateur record and hopes to continue to build off his success.
As for Prince's opponent, Adam Hazelton of Yarmouth, N.S. (1-0-0, 1KO), he only has one professional bout under his belt. He knocked out Brad Sullivan on Nov. 21 in his debut in Halifax.
Hazelton, 33, also has professional mixed martial arts experience, holding a 5-3-0 record.
The bout is scheduled for four rounds.
Cruiserweight: Rozicki vs. Reznicek
Ryan Rozicki will defend his World Boxing Council International Silver Cruiserweight Championship against Vladimir Reznicek of Prague, Czech Republic (9-2-2, 4KOs) in the card’s main event.
Rozicki, a Sydney Forks boxer, enters the fight with an undefeated 11-0-0 record with 11 knockouts.
The last time Rozicki fought at Centre 200, he defeated American Shawn Miller by knockout to claim the silver cruiserweight title in front of the hometown fans.
As for Reznicek, he’s never fought in Canada and is coming off a technical knockout victory over Piotr Rzyman on March 23 in the Czech Republic.
This will be the second time Reznicek has fought for a title. On June 23, 2018, the Prague product battled Vasil Ducar for the vacant Czech cruiserweight title, which resulted in a split decision.
Tickets are still available for tonight’s fight card at the Centre 200 box office or online at tickets.capebreton.ca.
IN THE RING
• Welterweight: Carolyn Redmond, Keswick N.B. (2-0-0, 1KO) vs. Karina Rodriguez, Mexico (3-1-1, 1KO)
• Welterweight: Jessie Wilcox, Hamilton, Ont. (14-0-2, 9KOs) vs. Luis Montelongo, Mexico (12-7-0, 3KOs)
• Middleweight: Brandon Brewer, Richville, N.B. (23-1-1, 11KOs) vs. Josue Castaneda Perez, Gomez Palacio, Mexico (14-12-3, 4KOs)
• Super Featherweight: Dominic Babineau, Richibucto Village, N.B. (12-2-0, 9KOs) vs. Pedro Bernal, Mexico City (5-1-1, 3KOs)
• Super Middleweight: Josh Prince, Georges River (Debut) vs. Adam Hazelton, Yarmouth, N.S. (1-0-0, 1KO)
• Cruiserweight: Ryan Rozicki, Sydney Forks (11-0-0, 11KOs) vs. Vladimir Reznicek, Prague, Czech Republic (9-2-2, 4KOs)
*The main event will be for the WBC International Silver cruiserweight championship
Although the results won’t be available at press time for print, visit www.capebretonpost.com for full coverage including a recap, video and pictures from the Valentine’s Day Massacre boxing card. Cape Breton Post sports reporter Jeremy Fraser will be ringside and will have live updates and insight on Twitter by following @CBPost_Jeremy. There will also be coverage in Tuesday’s print edition of the Post.