After impressing boxing followers in 2022 with explosive performances that propelled him to the height of the rankings, Christian Mbilli (23-0, 20 KOs) is trying to proceed his success in 2023.
On March 23, he’ll confront his first adversary of the yr, as he places his WBC and WBA Worldwide Continental of the Americas titles on the road towards heavy-hitter Carlos Gongora (21-1, 16 KOs) in the primary occasion of a Cabaret du On line casino de Montréal occasion, simulcast beginning at 7:00 pm on www.punchinggrace.com, in addition to on ESPN+ in the US.
Because of his victories over Nadjib Mohammedi, DeAndre Ware, and Vaughn Alexander final December, Mbilli finds himself sitting at second place within the WBC rankings, fifth within the WBA rankings, and seventh within the IBO rankings. 2023 will probably be a pivotal yr for his improvement and for his quest for a phrase championship struggle, and his opponents will depart him little or no room for error, as EOTTM normal supervisor Antonin Décarie factors out.
“Christian by no means ceases to impress me. Combat after struggle, he showcases not solely his expertise but additionally his earnestness, and his will to win and to face the perfect. Gongora shouldn’t be solely the strongest opponent he has ever confronted, but additionally among the best fighters to have climbed into the ring on the On line casino de Montréal. He’s a lot larger than Christian, a southpaw with sufficient punching energy to shortly put an finish to the struggle at any time. He’s precisely the kind of boxer we normally wish to keep away from,” Decarie stated.
Gongora’s spectacular ring smarts, acquired as an novice in two Pan-American Video games, in 2007 and in 2011, and within the Olympics, have been a stable basis for his skilled profession. He gained the world IBO tremendous middleweight title towards rising star Ali Akhmedov, and held it till December 2021, when he misplaced a break up determination towards Lerrone Richards.
Within the semi-final, Simon Kean (22-1, 21 KOs) will confront American Eric Molina (29-8, 21 KOs). Particulars of the undercard that includes Mary Spencer (7-1, 5 KOs), Steve Claggett (33-7-2, 23 KOs), Leïla Beaudoin (8-0, 1 KO), and Luis Santana (8-0, 2 KOs) will probably be revealed shortly.