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Bosse-Sims Announced for TKO’s Return to Montreal


Steve Bosse (left) stares down Jody Burke before their bout at TKO 30: Apocalypse. Photo courtesy of TKO Championship Fighting.

TKO Championship Fighting has announced three bouts for the promotion’s return to their usual home of Montreal, Quebec, Canada on June 7th.

The organization revealed the current fight card for the event on their official website over the weekend.

Popular hockey enforcer turned mixed martial artist Steve Bosse will return to action at the show, taking on Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Wes Sims in the main event.

Bosse was recently forced to pull out of the organization’s upcoming April 18th “Battle in Paradise” event in Oranjestad, Aruba due to a lingering hand injury and duties with the St. Jean Chiefs of the LNAH that will leave him unable to participate on the card.

The 26-year-old suffered the first loss of his career in December when he was stopped by former TKO heavyweight champion Icho Larenas in controversial fashion.

Sims, who is currently being featured on BET’s “Iron Ring” reality show, has not fought since losing a unanimous decision to journeyman Travis Fulton at a Fightfest event in September of last year. The loss was Sims’ third in his last four fights.

Additional bouts announced TKO 34: Bosse vs Sims also included a welterweight affair between Stephane Dube and Yannick Galipeau as well as a lightweight clash between Martin Grandmont and Samuel Guillet. Dube, Grandmont, and Guillet are also all being advertised as fighting on April 18th in Aruba against separate opponents.

“Battle in Paradise” Moves Forward Bosse-less


Steve Bosse (left) stares down Jody Burke before their bout at TKO 30: Apocalypse. Photo courtesy of TKO Championship Fighting.

TKO Championship Fighting will hold an event outside of Canada for the first time in over five years when the organization travels to Oranjestad, Aruba for TKO 33: Battle in Paradise on April 11th. The promotion last put on a show in Honolulu, Hawaii in September 2002 while they were known as the Universal Combat Challenge.

However fans of Stephane Patry’s project might be a little disappointed to find that despite still being advertised as fighting at the event, popular hockey enforcer turned mixed martial artist Steve Bosse will not be competing against scheduled opponent Guido Carlo.

MMA on Tap has learned that Bosse is still recovering from a lingering hand injury and that duties with the St. Jean Chiefs of the LNAH will leave him unable to participate on the card. Bosse will be replaced by Ben Gallant, who has been moved from a preliminary bout to the main card.

Aruba native and featherweight prospect Johan Croes will take on Danny Martinez in the main event. Croes stopped veteran Mark Fraser with strikes in his TKO debut in February. Martinez last lost a unanimous decision to Mark Hominick in December.

The current card for the event is as follows:

Johan Croes vs. Danny Martinez
Derek Gauthier vs. Richard Williams
Ben Gallant vs. Guido Carlo
Gregory Milliard vs. Scott Wright
Ingar Bareno vs. Samuel Guillet
Martin Grandmont vs. Hyram Rodriguez
Stephane Dube vs. Johnrick Flanagan
Christopher Hulme vs. Jamiel Werleman
Evan Nedd vs. TBA

TKO Preparing for April’s “Battle in Paradise”


Steve Bosse (left) stares down Jody Burke before their bout at TKO 30: Apocalypse. Photo courtesy of TKO Championship Fighting.

TKO Championship Fighting will hold an event outside of Canada for the first time in over five years when the organization travels to Oranjestad, Aruba for TKO 33: Battle in Paradise on April 11th. The promotion last put on a show in Honolulu, Hawaii in September 2002 while they were known as the Universal Combat Challenge.

The organization revealed the current fight card for the event on their official website over the weekend.

Aruba native and featherweight prospect Johan Croes will headline the card in the main event against an opponent yet to be announced. Croes stopped veteran Mark Fraser with strikes in his TKO debut in February. TKO Xtreme suggests that Danny Martinez will likely be Croes’ counterpart in the fight.

Popular hockey enforcer turned mixed martial artist Steve Bosse has recovered from a lingering hand injury and will return to action at the event against Carlo Guido, who will be making his professional debut.

Bosse suffered the first loss of his career in December when he was stopped by former TKO heavyweight champion Icho Larenas in controversial fashion.

Undefeated welterweight Derek Gauthier will go up against newcomer Richard Williams. Yannick Galipeau and Jonrick Flanigan will also clash in a welterweight affair as well.

Additional undercard bouts include Ben Gallant attempting to stay undefeated against Greghoulos Oehlers, Christopher Hulme challenging Jamiel Werleman, and Adrian Wooley going up against an opponent yet to be determined.

Bosse Injured; Two Fights Added to TKO 32


Steve Bosse throws a right hand at opponent Jody Burke at TKO 30: Apocalypse in September 2007. Photo by Al Quintero.

TKO Championship Fighting has announced a number of changes to their upcoming “Ultimatum” event, which will take place at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on February 28th.

Popular hockey enforcer Steve Bosse is now off of the card, citing that a lingering hand injury will prevent him from being able to compete at full power. Scott Wright, Bosse’s scheduled opponent, will now take on fellow heavyweight Ben Gallant.

Still with me?

Gallant was slated to go up against Jeff Lundberg in a bout that would see both fighters make their professional mixed martial arts debut against each other. Since that isn’t happening, Lundberg is currently not scheduled to participate at the event so it’s very likely that he will serve as an injury replacement and basically be a shoe-in for TKO’s next event in Aruba.

A lightweight affair between Tyler Jackson and Jeff Harrison has been added in order to round out the card. Harrison will be making his TKO debut at the event while this will be Jackson’s fifth fight under Stephane Patry and company. He has only won one of his four bouts in the promotion, dropping decisions to Sam Stout, Martin Grandmont, and Samuel Guillet while defeating Donald Ouimet due to injury.

Touch of gloves to our friends at TKO Xtreme for the heads-up.

Evening News and Notes: Jan 25, 2008

A good amount of news to report on…

NSAC Announces Tougher Drug Testing

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has announced that it has instituted expanded drug testing for state licensed fighters and those applying for new licenses as well.

The commission will now test fighters randomly throughout the year in hopes of lowering the number of positive tests.

“Random testing throughout the year will further deter any fighters considering taking non-approved substances,” NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer told MMA Weekly. “The additional testing, which will be paid for by the Commission, will help us keep the sport of unarmed combat safe and fair for all fighters.”

Fighters who have tested positive for a certain substance in the past or are under suspicion of doing so may also be tested under the new regulations.

Tanner-Okami Set for UFC 82, Not Montreal Show

The UFC officially announced three additional fights earlier today for UFC 82: Pride of a Champion on March 1st at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Heavyweights Heath Herring and Cheick Kongo will collide on the main card while Josh Koscheck and Dustin Hazelett will be featured on an undercard bout.

Evan Tanner’s return bout against Yushin Okami was also announced. UFC color commentator Joe Rogan apparently told members of the media that the fight would be taking place at the UFC’s Canada show in April but that obviously isn’t the case now.

New UFC Additions and TUF Rumored Participants

Two fighters are reportedly set to join the ranks of the UFC: Dong Hyun Kim and Rousimar Palhares.

Also, today marks the first day we have come across some TUF 7 rumored fighters. MMA Junkie has learned that Luke Zachrich will be on the show while Five Ounces of Pain is reporting that Mike Marrello will be on the show as well.

TKO 32: Ultimatum Update

TKO Championship Fighting has made some updates to the official card for TKO 32: Ultimatum, which will take place on February 28th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Notable additions and subtractions: While former TKO heavyweight champion Icho Larenas’ fight against Lance Evans is no longer listed (not sure why but I’ll still include the fight in our rumored card), popular hockey enforcer Steve Bosse will be back in action against Scott Wright at the event.

The current card as of right now:

Jesse Bongfeldt vs. T.J. Grant - TKO Welterweight Title
Jose Landi-Jons vs. TBA
Icho Larenas vs. Lance Evans
Steve Bosse vs. Scott Wright
Stephane Vigneault vs. Daniel Ferguson
Damacio Page vs. Justin Tavernini
Johan Croes vs. Mark Fraser
Yannick Galipeau vs. Derek Gauthier
Adrian Wooley vs. Syd Barnier
Jordan Mein vs. Samuel Guillet
Christopher Hulme vs. Joel Pigeon
Guillaume Lamarche vs. Tim Wadsworth

TKO Announces Larenas-Evans for “Ultimatum”


Icho Larenas is interviewed after his win over Jacob Conliffe at TKO 20. Photo by Luigi Di Serio.

Well a rematch against Steve Bosse won’t be happening at TKO 32: Ultimatum for Icho Larenas but that doesn’t mean that the former TKO heavyweight champion won’t be facing a tough challenge.

TKO Championship Fighting has announced that Larenas will take on fellow heavyweight Lance Evans at the event.

Larenas is coming off of a controversial stoppage win over popular Quebec hockey enforcer Steve Bosse at TKO 31: Young Guns last month. TKO president Stephane Patry claims that Larenas may have verbally submitted after receiving an unintentional poke in the eye during the second round. Larenas reportedly told referee Yves Lavigne that he was unable to see and Lavigne ended up giving Larenas a few minutes to recover.

Under the rules of the Quebec Athletic Commission, the fight should have been stopped once Larenas said he was experiencing vision problems. The bout was put under review by the Quebec Athletic Commission but we haven’t been able to find out any information pertaining to an official decision.

Evans, the older brother of UFC light heavyweight contender Rashad Evans, was victorious in his last fight as well, stopping Bob Landry with strikes in the first round of their fight.

Just like Larenas-Bosse, the fight was a controversial one. While Evans worked an effective ground and pound assault on his opponent, Landry looked over to referee Yves Lavigne to let him know that he had been illegally struck in the back of the head. Since the bout was not stopped, Evans continued to pound away with strikes and forced Lavigne to stop the bout. Landry put up a minor protest after the fight but his argument went on deaf ears.

Larenas-Bosse Rematch May Happen at TKO 32


Steve Bosse throws a right hand against Jody Burke at TKO 30. Photo by Al Quintero.

A rematch between former TKO heavyweight champion Icho Larenas and popular hockey enforcer Steve Bosse may take place at TKO 32: Ultimatum on February 28th according to TKO president Stephane Patry.

Patry indicated the possibility of the fight to The Fight Network earlier this week.

Larenas and Bosse fought for the first time at TKO 31: Young Guns last month where Larenas ended up stopping Bosse with strikes in the third round.

After the fight, Patry stated that Larenas may have verbally submitted after receiving an unintentional poke in the eye during the second round. Larenas reportedly told referee Yves Lavigne that he was unable to see and Lavigne ended up giving Larenas a few minutes to recover.

Under the rules of the Quebec Athletic Commission, the fight should have been stopped once Larenas said he was experiencing vision problems. The bout was put under review by the Quebec Athletic Commission but we haven’t been able to find out any information pertaining to an official decision.

Bosse is currently recovering from a hand injury that will keep him out of action for 2-3 weeks.

TKO News and Notes - Jan 11, 2008

TKO 32: Ultimatum Card Update

The card for TKO 32: Ultimatum is shaping up quite nicely. The event is headlined by Jesse Bongfeldt defending his TKO welterweight title against T.J. Grant. Former TKO heavyweight champion Icho Larenas will also be on the card even though a potential rematch against current champ Krzysztof Soszynski is unlikely.

Here’s what the card looks like as of right now:

Jesse Bongfeldt vs. T.J. Grant - TKO Welterweight Title
Icho Larenas vs. TBA
Stephane Vigneault vs. TBA
Damacio Page vs. Justin Tavernini
Adrian Wooley vs. Syd Barnier
Yannick Galipeau vs. Derek Gauthier
Jordan Mein vs. Samuel Guillet
Mark Fraser vs. Johan Croes

Syd Barnier was originally scheduled to take on Mark Fraser but has instead decided to drop down to bantamweight. Barnier will now take on Adrian Wooley while Fraser will go up against Johan Croes.

Alessio-Noble Off

Former TKO welterweight John Alessio has been forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against Derrick Noble at Hardcore Championship Fighting’s “Destiny” event due to complications stemming from his recovery from a knee injury.

HCF CEO Keith Crawford made the announcement on The Fight Network’s radio show earlier this week:

“John injured his knee at the end of December and was hoping it’d heal properly, but it hasn’t healed enough to be ready to train,” Crawford said. “We’re obviously quickly looking for an opponent for Derrick because we really want to have him on this card.”

Steve Bosse and Tank Abbott?

TKO Xtreme first reported on Wednesday that TKO President Stephane Patry was discussing the possibility of having Quebec hockey enforcer Steve Bosse take on Tank Abbott and The Fight Network picked up on it yesterday.

Apparently the two may have been able to clash at TKO 32 but the idea was pushed aside once Abbott signed on to fight Kimbo Slice in EliteXC’s February event. Pending on whether or not Abbott is victorious, the two could be matched up at a TKO event later this year, possibly in Aruba.

Aruba? Yes, you heard me right. According to Patry, TKO 33 will be titled “Battle in Paradise” and will take place in Aruba, possibly outdoors.

Larenas-Bosse Under Review by QAC

Loretta Hunt of The Fight Network is reporting that the fight between former TKO Heavyweight Champion Icho Larenas and popular hockey enforcer Steve Bosse that took place at TKO 31: Young Guns this past weekend is currently under review by the Quebec Athletic Commission.

TKO president Stephane Patry revealed the news on The Fight Network’s daily radio show yesterday.

According to Patry, the QAC will be looking to see if Larenas verbally submitted during the bout. Larenas suffered an unintentional poke in the eye by Bosse during the second round of the bout. Referee Yves Lavigne stopped the bout and allowed the ringside physician to take a look at Larenas.

Larenas apparently told Lavigne that he was unable to see and Lavigne ended up giving Larenas a few minutes to recover:

“It was bad. The doctor [asked] me if I could see and I said, ‘No, I can’t see. I was seeing double. It was bad, very bad,” Larenas told The Fight Network following the bout. “I couldn’t focus, so he told me ‘Take your time. We’ll give you two or three minutes to decide.”

Now this is an interesting situation. Normally when a fighter can’t see because of a cut the fight is always stopped. But this is a poke in the eye. Fighters are traditionally given up to five minutes to recover. If the doctor checked his eye, cleared him to continue, and Larenas said that he wanted to keep fighting even though he said that he couldn’t see earlier, there’s no reason to overturn the decision since the events occurred under the correct guidelines.

Here’s Patry’s take on things:

“[Yves] Lavigne, the referee, checked the cut and then he had the right to call the doctor in, which he did, which is perfect,” Patry said. “But once the doctor has a look at the cut, he has to decide right away can he continue – yes or no. If the doctor says ‘Yes’, which he did, then the referee has to [ask] Icho ‘Yes or no?’ If Icho says ‘Yes,’ he has to continue. If he says ‘No,’ Bosse wins by TKO. Icho told the referee ‘I can’t see anything,’ and he took the five minutes. It’s not Icho’s fault. They gave him five minutes. Of course he’s going to take it.”

It seems to me already that there are mixed signals here. It’s going to come down to the commission’s interpretation of Larenas’ original “I can’t see.” If they interpret that as Larenas giving up before having his eye checked, then Bosse would become the winner by TKO due to injury. It’s going to be interesting to hear the ruling.

Bosse Loses Heartbreaker to Larenas at TKO 31

Steve Bosse throws a right against Jody Burke at TKO 30. Photo by Al Quintero.

Montreal’s most popular hockey enforcer suffered the first defeat of his young but promising career as Steve Bosse put together two decisive rounds only to ultimately end up losing in the final stanza to former TKO Heavyweight Champion Icho Larenas in front of over 6,000 at the Bell Centre in Montreal that came to see TKO 31: Young Guns.

Bosse was the aggressor from the start of the bout. While Larenas (4-3) refused to back down compared to opponents that have encountered Bosse (2-1) in the past, it was clear that the ability to control the pace of the fight was clearly in Bosse’s favor. He peppered Larenas with combinations throughout the first two rounds to gain the advantage on the judge’s scorecards.

The third round began in a similar fashion compared to the first two but that all changed when Larenas opted to take Bosse down to the mat. A visibly fatigued Bosse looked out of place on his back and the former champion took advantage, delivering an assault of unanswered strikes that eventually forced referee Yves Lavigne to stop the bout.

After the fight, Larenas let everyone know he’s back for good after taking time away from the sport to deal with some personal issues.

“I want to fight anyone and everyone,” said Larenas. I don’t care who it might be. I’m back full-time and I’m training hard. It’s time to get my belt back.”

The win over Bosse sets up a potential championship rematch between Larenas and Krzysztof Soszynski at some point next year.

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