Jose Sulaiman World Invitational Tournament heads to Toronto
Evander Holyfield's The Real Deal Sports and Entertainment and Lee Baxter Promotions in association with Louisville Top Knotch and the World Boxing Council, announced that the semi-final round of the Jose Sulaiman World Invitational Tournament will take place on Saturday, August 25 in Toronto.
The second event in the highly-anticipated international welterweight tournament will see the quarterfinal winners face each other in co-main events when South Africa’s Chris Van Heerden (26-2-1) takes on Ghana’s Fredrick Lawson (27-1) and the USA’s Brad Solomon (28-1) faces Mexico’s Francisco Santana (25-6-1).
The undercard will feature tournament alternate, Russia's Sergey Lubkovich (8-0), English featherweight contender, Alex Dilmaghani (17-1) and a who's who of popular Canadian fighters including the return of former world title challenger, Dierry Jean (29-2-1), undefeated prospects, Kane Heron (11-0-1) and Josh Lupia (3-0).
After the tournament’s first round in April, which took place at the renowned KFC Yum Center in Louisville, Kentucky, the WBC positioned the four winners in their top-25 world rankings (Santana #14, Lawson #15, Van Herdeen #22, Solomon #23). The two semi-final winners in August will move up the ranks again and then go head-to-head later this year in the finals. The overall winner of the Jose Sulaiman World Invitational Tournament will be in a position to fight for the WBC welterweight world title in 2019.