After weeks of negotiations, InterBox finally came to terms with Team Ali Chebah thereby avoiding an IBF purse bid called for next week. IBF Intercontinental 140-pound champion Pier-Olivier "Apou" Cote (19-0-0, 13 KO) will face Ali "The Angel" Chebah (33-2-0, 26 KO) on Saturday, November 3rd at the Montreal Bell Centre. This much anticipated matchup will take place on the undercard of the Boxing Gala featuring Lucian Bute vs. undefeated Denis Grachev.
“Ali Chebah is well known here in Montreal. Our goal is to offer Cote solid opponents capable of progressing him up the World ranks. The IBF appointed Ali Chebah as Cote’s mandatory and we accepted and got the deal done. This will surely be an excellent fight and a big test for Cote” states InterBox President Jean Bedard.
Ranked #14 in the World by the WBC, Chebah is no stranger to Montreal, having fought here 4 times and securing 4 victories. Much like Cote, Chebah is very comfortable boxing and winning on enemy soil.