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.
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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.
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Icho Larenas is interviewed after his win over Jacob Conliffe at TKO 20. Photo by Luigi Di Serio.
A scheduled bout between former TKO heavyweight champion Icho Larenas and Lance Evans at TKO 32: Ultimatum has apparently been scrapped.
The news comes from our buddy Scott at TKO Xtreme, who reports that Larenas has been forced to pull out of the bout due to undisclosed personal issues.
Larenas was 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 still haven’t been able to find out any information pertaining to an official decision.
Bosse will be taking on Scott Wright at the event.
A heavyweight bout between Ben Gallant and Jeff Lundberg will be added in order to round out the card. Both are relative newcomers to the sport of mixed martial arts. Gallant was victorious in his only career fight so far, submitting Adil Ayoubi at TKO 31 in December. Lundberg will be making his professional debut at the event.