Bazinyan takes on Phinn in Montreal, April 11

MONTREAL, Friday, February 16, 2024 — Today at 11:00 a.m. marked the first press conference leading up to the gala on April 11th at the Montreal Casino, during which Eye of the Tiger unveiled the main event of the evening between two locally beloved boxers, Erik Bazinyan (32-0, 23 KOs) and Shakeel Phinn (26-3-1, 17 KOs). On this occasion, the Laval-born boxer and current NABF champion known as "Bzo" will defend his title against the former holder of the same belt. The event will be broadcast simultaneously starting at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN+ and

"I respect Shakeel, we've known each other for 11 years, but at the end of the day, it's boxing, it's business, and in the ring, there's no friendship anymore." - Erik Bazinyan

"It's nothing personal, it's boxing, we're in the same division [...], but when I have my hands raised, and they say 'And new...,' I'll be really happy." - Shakeel Phinn

"We have tremendous respect for Shakeel as an individual, but Erik is on another level... It will be a one-sided fight, Erik is in a class of his own." - Antonin Décarie, General Manager of EOTTM

"The NABF title has belonged to him before, now it's Erik's. He wants to keep it, and Shakeel wants to reclaim it." - Camille Estephan, President of EOTTM

Tickets for this highly anticipated evening are on sale starting at 9:00 a.m. on February 16 via the network, and the full card for the evening will be unveiled later. For more information, follow EOTTM on Facebook and Instagram @eottm_boxing as well as on "X" (Twitter) @eottm11 or subscribe to the #EOTTMARMY newsletter by filling out the online form.