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Mick Gadbois talks about facing Khavazhy Khatsyhau on Stevenson vs. Boone fight card

8CN’s Darren Barcomb caught up with Quebec rising lightweight star Michael “Mick” Gadbois (9-0, 3 KO’s) as he prepares for his March 22nd showdown with the 35 year old Russian born Khavazhy Khatsyhau (10-1, 6 KO’s).

The 26 year old undefeated “L’unique” Gadbois, who hails from Saint- Hyacinthe has been soaring as of late, stepping up his competition level to beat good names like Pedro Navarrete and Krzysztof Rogowski. In that outing against Rogowoski, Gadbois fought through a bloody war in his debut under Canadian promotional powerhouse Group Yvon Michel (GYM).

The promotion like what they saw and are bringing Gadbois back to the Bell Centre in Montreal on a fight card headlined by Adonis “Superman” Stevenson vs. Darnell Boone.

Barcomb: Your opponent for March 22nd has now been named as Belarusian Khavazhy Khatsyhau. What do you know about him?

Gadbois: He went to the2004 and 2008 Olympic games, ande won in 2004 against Juan Manuel Lopez, so he knows how to fight and he has much more experience than me. He is a southpaw so it'll be interesting how the fight will go. He is older than me and my youth will be a good advantage.


Barcomb: It looks like you’ve become a good fit for Group Yvon Michel. In your last outing for them on February 8th, you showed some warrior spirit against Poland’s Krzysztof Rogowski. That was a tough and gritty fight and you fought through some nasty cuts for a big win. What are your thoughts on that fight?

Gadbois: We accepted with short notice, so we knew it would be a good fight. Rogowski went to the Worlds amateur championship so we knew he was coming to win. We saw on the videos that when he punches his head goes forward, but it's easier to defend against his fists than his head haha. I got cut in round number 2 by his head, in the 3rd round by his elbow and in the 4th round by an intentional headbutt. I fought a great fight….I'm intelligent in the ring and I showed my skills. Yvon Michel recognized it, and the proof is that he’s having me fight again on March 22nd.


Barcomb: You’ve certainly steeped up your competition level that past few months and will be gunning for your 10th straight victory on the 22nd, how do you feel your skills have been progressing? How many fights do you hope to have during the upcoming year?

Gadbois: I've been working hard in the gym and with some good sparring partner like Antonin Décarie, Sebastien Gauthier and Jojo Dan. I’ve been learning and improving my skill. I'm truly grateful that Yvon Michel had me fight in the next show, I took advantage of the opportunity last time and I want to force his hands for upcoming shows. I hope to fight 2-3 more times after this one and I'll be working hard as always.

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