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  Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Lafrenière vs. Willis Fight For Two Titles

By Daniel Cloutier

MONTRÉAL — Francis Lafrenière, a very intense middleweight from the Montréal West island (Cöteau-du-Lac), will fight for two significant titles February 24th in the ring of the Videotron Centre in Québec City, just before the presentation of the WBC light heavyweight elimination bout between the Montrealers Lucian Bute (32-3-1) and Eleider Alvarez (21-0-0).

Lafrenière (14-5-2) will face Marcus Willis (17-4-2), from Fort Myers, Florida, in an IBF international championship and NABO North American championship, in the 160 pounds division.

Lafrenière, who will fight that night in the most important fight of his pro boxing career, is trained by the brothers Howard and Otis Grant at the Monster GYM in Dorval, in the West Island of Montréal.

Before the fight Lafrenière-Willis, Eric Martel Bahoeli (14-6-1), from Québec City, will fight Adam Braidwood (6-1-0), from Vancouver, British Columbia, in a WBU heavyweight world championship bout.

The super welterweight Sébastien Bouchard (14-1-0), ranked 15th contender by the NABO in the 154 pounds division, will be opposed to the Mexican Gustavo Gabiray (13-7-2), a former WBC Latino’s champion.

The winner of the match up Bute-Alvarez has the guaranty to face the WBC 175 pounds world champion, the Montrealer southpaw Adonis Stevenson (28-1-0) next summer or next fall in Montréal or Québec City.

On his side, Stevenson should proceed to the eight defense of his world title at the end of April, possibly in USA, against an opponent to determined.


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