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.

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