Pajkic vs. Kielsa Rematch to top Rumble at Rama XII
after the final bell sounded marking the end of ten
heated, bruising, rounds of boxing action, the
ringside accolades were near unanimous in their
praise; Neven “No Surrender” Pajkic’s decision over
defending champion, the “Steel Pole” Greg Kielsa was
the best Canadian Heavyweight title fight anybody
present had ever seen.
On Wednesday, June 30th, in the main event of
Rumble at Rama XII, Pajkic (12-0, 5 KO’s) will get a
chance to prove his upset win was no fluke, when he
steps in with Kielsa one more time, in easily the
most anticipated Canadian Heavyweight title fight of
“As great as their first fight was, Pajkic-Kielsa
II promises to be the most eagerly awaited Canadian
Heavyweight title fight in history,” said Allan
Tremblay, President of Orion Sports Management, and
promoter of the Rumble at Rama series.
“Unlike most guys vying for the Canadian title,
neither one is a fringe contender lingering in the
rankings. These guys have real ability, and bright
futures. And they already showed us they’re willing
to go to war. This could be the fight that puts
Canadian heavyweight boxing back on the map.”
At a press conference today in Toronto, both
Kielsa and Pajkic were respectful to each other, yet
extremely determined to achieve their respective
“I want my belt back,” Kielsa said of the
Canadian title he held from November of 2008 until
losing it to Pajkic.
“I’m not making excuses, but I wasn’t myself in
our first fight. I’ll be ready for the rematch.”
Pajkic feels this is his chance to pick up where
he left off in the first fight, and continue to
impress fans, and win over critics.
“You saw in March that I put everything I had
into our first fight, but there’s plenty of room for
improvement,” Pajkic said.
“Greg’s a great man, athlete, and champion, but
(turning to Kielsa), if you want your belt back, you
can’t have it.”
In the evening’s co-main event, Ana “The
Hurricane” Julaton (6-2-1, 1 KO) returns to Casino
Rama, but this time as a full-fledged member of the
Orion Sports Management roster, having recently
signed a worldwide promotional agreement.
Julaton will vie for the vacant WBO world title
against an opponent yet to be named.
“Anybody who saw the way Ana battled against Lisa
Brown at Rumble at Rama XI knows that she’s a
warrior in the truest sense. The Filipino people saw
what she went through in that fight, and how she
conducted herself, and they love her for it.”
“After Ana gets through her defense at Rama on
June 30th, we’ll take her back to the Philippines to
defend her titles down there. She’s already a fan
favorite in the Philippines, and the more she
fights, the more popular she’ll become.”
As a result of their involvement in a series of
cards in Mexico in conjunction with Yucatan Boxing,
Orion Sports Management will showcase their latest
signing, hard hitting 20 year-old bantamweight
prospect Danny Flores (5-1, 5 KO's).
"I'm pleased to announce the signing of young Mr.
Flores, who we'll promote in conjunction with
Yucatan Boxing, and take him to the top of the
sport. He’s been on some of the shows Orion has
supported with Yucatan Boxing in Mexico, and is the
first bonafide prospect to come out of those shows,”
“He’s more of a puncher-boxer, rather than a
boxer-puncher, with power in both hands. And once
the fans in Rama see what he can do, they’ll want to
see him again.
The other undercard fights showcase the
continuing progression of Orion’s prospect-laden
roster, with undefeated fan-favorite, welterweight
Felix Mercedes (5-0, 3 KO’s), and hard-punching
heavyweight “The Russian Tank” Artem Lipanov, making
his professional debut, each facing opponents still
to be named.
Rumble at Rama XII will be promoted by Orion
Sports Management, in association with Casino Rama.
Tickets for Rumble at Rama XII are $125, $75, $50 and $25 and are available in-person at the Casino Rama Box Office, and at all TicketMaster locations, by calling (416) 870-8000 and online at www.casinorama.com. Ticket prices do not include applicable taxes or service charges.