Simon Kean | Knuckle Up with Mike and Cedric | Talkin Fight
EPISODE: Episode 6
Simon Kean is a Canadian professional boxer. As an amateur he qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics along with countryman Custio Clayton.
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[, Music, ], hello, boston fans around the world.
Thank you for joining us once again here on talk and fight for another episode of knuckle up featuring mike four and cedric ben who’s.
In the den with us today we’re continuing our exploration of canadian fighters, specifically those assigned in montreal to eye of the tiger management and today i’ll, let you take it away with simon keene.
Go for it excellent! So first we’re gon na get you out of here.
So you can get some more room.
Knuckle up fans for tuning in today’s episode, uh we’re continuing with eye of the tiger management.
You know what it’s about: we’re bringing you uh, the top dogs out of that promotion company in canada, because we are canadian and we’re trying to uh.
You know let you guys know that we do have fighters out there on these international stages that are contenders.
Man and uh definitely we’re going to talk about another another gentleman today, a heavyweight uh known as the grizzly uh simon keane um.
This gentleman, let’s uh.
Let’S talk about him for a bit here: he’s 21 and one with 20 kos he’s 33 years old.
Five he’s ranked number one out of six in canada and 31 of the 1245 in the world: he’s sporting, a 90.
91 ko rating and he’s coming off a wonderful tko victory in the ninth round, uh back in uh february 19th of this year against uh shondell tyrell.
Winters uh winters is down in this in round six and twice in the ninth and keene was down in round six, but uh definitely came through with that awesome victory.
I know you have some things you want to talk about him.
I know you’ve uh, you’ve actually seen this guy uh performed live uh.
Why don’t you want to take it away and uh? Tell us what you think about him: yeah man, simon keena, a great boxer, one of the you know one.
The one thing that’s hard for for bigger guys to do is is be like have good boxing skills.
Just because you know just the all the muscle mass that he has and he’s like he’s, just a giant like six foot, five, just a massive guy um, but he’s still.
But the thing is, he still has good boxing skills um still, he had a very good job.
I remember him.
I remember him um in that at being at the nationals every year i don’t know how many times he won nationals, but i know he was a multiply multiple time, canadian champion.
I remember him seeing there every year, when i had my boxes there, too um and yeah man, a good boxer, very good, jab um and the other thing is it’s very hard to train heavyweights, because you know there’s not too many big guys.
First of all and there’s not too many big guys that actually want to you know that want that are good.
That would give you a test, so it’s always hard.
You know to to get better as a heavyweight but uh, but he did it man so yeah.
Very good boxing uh.
He was originally coached by uh jimmy boissert but uh, unfortunately uh he had to change uh trainers.
How do you spell that last name? How is this spelled? Boyz, vert b-o-i-s-v-e-r-t there we go thanks.
Crunchy thanks frenchie.
Yes, i love it boy.
There uh he was actually he was convicted of sexually assaulting a boxer three years.
I don’t know like about three years ago or something like around there uh and he could face prison time with a sentence of up to 18 months.
I don’t really know i don’t want to dive anymore into that.
He ended up.
He ended up switching coaches.
He is now uh with vincent eau, claire and uh eau, claire yeah, very good coach, vincent eau, claire is uh, has taken him on uh since 2020.
Uh and you know what he’s really been working tomorrow – he’s definitely uh.
You know put some put some finishing touches on his game.
You know simon keane made his olympic debut at the london 2012, where he finished uh tied for fifth place in the super heavyweight category after quarterfinal loss uh to eventual bronze medalist ivan uh daichiko of kazakhstan, keena qualified for the games with his third place finish at The aiba american olympic qualification tournament, just three years earlier keane, was in danger of never walking again after suffering a badly broken right leg when an atv on which he was a passenger flipped.
After hitting a rock pinning him underneath a severe infection added to the doctor’s concern that they would have to amputate during a lengthy surgery, they took muscle from higher up in his leg and used it to repair his deformed ankle area.
Using a graft keene spent three months in a wheelchair and then two months, walking with canes but less than six months after the accident, he returned to training ahead of any schedule that had been set.
Keene was a 2007 junior national champion who finished third at his first senior nationals in 2009 he claimed his first senior national title in 2011 before winning the national team selection tournament.
He had another national title.
In october 2014.
, uh keane had been an aggressive kid who was put into judo to channel his energy uh.
He also uh.
He was also a football linebacker in high school and he became, but he became boxing at the age of 16.
Now, honestly, i i enjoy watching this kid man, uh, he’s hungry, he’s ambitious um.
You know keane quickly, accumulates victories by ko and continues to impress after you know his impressive performances, notably against alex santos and adam bradwood uh, as he climbs quickly through these rankings.
He suffers his only career loss when he faced fellow canadian heavy hitter dylan carmen the one nicknamed the grizzly, however, rolled up his sleeves came back full force by knocking out virgilio omar rossi uh, after which he immediately got his revenge against carmen in the rematch and Finished him in the third round on december, the 7th you know he had.
He had a challenge when he faced former world champion sergey uh the kovich.
It was in front of a lively crowd that simon keane finished the work during the 10th and final round.
Definitely this kid man he’s a force to be reckoned with.
He’S he’s a great canadian boxer man.
He definitely has some serious talent, uh, and you know what oh eau claire eau claire is in his corner.
Man, uh yeah yeah.
That’S that’s what i’m talking about! You know um yeah, the one thing.
Well, i don’t know all the coaches out there, but i do know a few.
A few of the the good coaches.
I know vincent is a very good coach.
You know um all of his boxers are always ready in top shape and with good skills too.
So i know if simon keen is uh is with him.
I know he’s in good hands, so yeah man expecting big things from simon.
Yes – and you know what simon keane needed, all his resources to beat the american uh uh tyrell wizards in the ninth round um, you know, instead of panicking, he found a way to weather the storm seconds later.
He sent his opponent to the ground with a powerful punch and you know keane looked nervous in the first minutes of the game.
He seemed to have forgotten all the concepts he had been working on at boot.
You know the performance tells me that there’s still a little bit of work to be done.
Um, you know, eau claire is also saying the same thing.
You know coaching is a consistent job.
Uh, you know he’s there to.
You know push him through these times and you know remind him about his boot camps and his training.
Uh keane also needs to work a little bit on consistency.
For example, his guard was not always placed in the right place.
Uh, you know uh.
He also has a tendency to throw his left hook at the wrong time, uh which i’ve noticed, but these are all things that you know a great coach like yourself, cedric and like eau claire, can, you know, teach and and and break those kind of habits um.
You know and definitely uh in his last study.
He did look a lot better and uh.
You know what i can’t wait to see this guy in the ring again, man and uh.
We should be seeing him soon, uh.
Definitely great canadian boxer man.
I the tiger.
You know what it is: man they’ve definitely got some great canadian talent guys you haven’t checked them out.
Yet man check out either tiger promotions check out their fighters list man, you know we’re just giving you a tip of the iceberg on what these guys have in their stables man.
They do have a lot of talent.
You know don’t sleep on canada, man, canada has fighters, we have great fighters and we have guys that can win matches.
Man and definitely simon king is one of these big boys man, big heavyweight from trios quebec, canada f, give it away there you go there.
You go there, you go there, you go.
You are french brother, that’s the thing: [ Music ]! Well, yes, honestly, um cedric man, the guy’s, a beast and you’re right man.
It is hard to teach these guys who are big like that to uh.
You know throw that skill and and be and finesse.
You know, and he does have finesse when he throws his shots.
You know he if he calms down and settles down – and you know, remembers his training and not panicking and not getting.
You know too ahead of himself when he sits down and really applies himself in the ring man.
He is a very dangerous individual to be standing on the other side of and uh honestly man.
I’M excited to see this guy jump back in the ring man.
You know watching does not forgive uh, you know the place of a crowd.
Favorite hell by simon king was taking.
You know, he’s got another teammate man that we’re going to be talking about.
I think uh arsene megamedov, which i’ve talked for who is the new giant uh? So you know definitely definitely uh camille estefan.
His stable is huge man he’s got lots of big guys in here.
He’S got lots of talent and uh.
You know i’m excited to be reporting on demand and telling the world what canada has to offer when it comes to boxing uh.
Any last words you want to talk about here, man before we uh before we sign off and go, do some work shout out uh.
Shout out to either tiger management and um doing big things.
One of the top promotions in uh in canada and uh yeah man shout out to them shout out to simon keen and uh shout out to my boy, vincent eau, claire and the pound-for-pound boxing gym.
Definitely definitely honestly, what a great uh, what a great guy man great fighter, excellent excellent, excellent representation of what canada has to offer and we just won’t just again he’s he’s he’s not just a big heavyweight.
He has skills boxing skills.
That’S what separates him right, not not just a big guy that throws those random punches.
He actually has good skills.
So definitely – and you know what, with with a record 20 20, you know 21-1, it’s uh, it’s pretty good man and you know with 20 knockouts, and you know he had the opportunity to avenge that loss and he did it in a great fashion.
If you guys haven’t seen those fights check it out, man yeah, that’s always that’s always a mental thing when you have to get in there with someone that um.
You know that that that knocked you out last time, the last time that you faced this person, so they have that extra confidence you, your confidence, might be just a little bit under it just because of what happened last time um, so it takes, you know, takes A lot of mental strength to uh to overcome that so yeah uh in that, in that first loss against dylan carmen, they were fighting for the wbc francophone heavy title and the vacant naba heavy title um, you know so.
Unfortunately he was unable to pick those up.
Uh but yeah, you know what he really brought it to dylan carmen honestly guys check out both these fights man, the first one, the second one watch uh watch how much he improved and how much he really stuck to his game plan and and brought it to Dylan carmen man uh also also you know, dylan carman is another another good fighter.
Man uh out of canada as well, so yes, yeah yeah.
I got to train with that back in the day.
That’S how long he’s been in the game like i when i was still fighting, we were training at the same gym for a little bit back in the early 2000s wow yeah yeah.
So some of these guys been around uh.
You know a lot of a lot of these canadian guys, man they’re up in their 30s and uh.
Honestly, i’m gon na be bringing you guys uh shortly, some uh some honest to good canadian talent prospects that are up and coming that i’m going to start profiling for you guys man to show you that uh.
You know canada is still on the map when it comes to boxing man ranks and the paid ranks.
Definitely what a what a great country, man and honestly, we got some great fighters and i’m glad that i’m canadian i’m happy to be representing our people.
Man shout out tiger management, camille esteban, keep it up.
Brother, keep signing those big canadians uh to those great contracts, man and do them right by getting them those fights they need to get and making them that paper man so guys.
You know what it is vance.
My car at four with my man center ben in the den it is wednesday happy hump day.
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