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