Unbeaten featherweight prospect Tyler Asselstine returns to the ring September 9 in a six-round bout against an opponent to be determined at The Chapiteau CCSE Maisonneuve in Montreal.
After concluding a stellar amateur career (70-10), the 24-year-old Asselstine (6-0, 4 KOs) from Kingston, Ontario, turned pro only 10 months ago and he hasn’t slowed down. His rich amateur pedigree includes being a member of the 2009 Canadian National Team, representing his country in International matches, as well as capturing the 2010 Ringside World Championships.
“I started boxing at 18,” Tyler explained. “I was a kick-boxer before that. I started boxing because I wanted more competition and once I did I couldn’t stop.”
Hennessy Sports has kept Asselstine active, winning six fights in a relatively short period, and preparing for his fifth appearance in Montreal.In his last fight, Tyler won a unanimous six-round decision from Leonos Marie Francoise (8-4) this past June in Ontario.
“I’m very happy with the way Hennessy Sports has moved me,” Asselstine said. “I fought a lot as an amateur and have had six fights in less than a year as a pro. My job is to box and I train twice a day.
“I’ve fought a lot in Montreal, first as an amateur, and now as a pro.I’m excited to be fighting there again.I like the support there from my friends and family. Montreal really is like my second home.”
Asselstine also said he has studied several fighters but the one he tries to emulate is another fellow southpaw, IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute, who has become a boxing icon in Montreal.
Considered one of Ontario’s best prospects, naturally, his promoter is very high on his budding star and possible “Bute-light” of the future. “We’re excited about Tyler’s boxing future,”Adam Harris said. “He’s a tremendous prospect with a lot of upside as a professional. He has completely dominated his first six opponents and, at 24, his best days are obviously still a long way ahead of him. Tyler already is a complete fighter who lacks only pro experience and in that respect, we’re keeping him as busy as possible.