Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Carman & Butler Both Win By KO
By Daniel Cloutier
QUÉBEC CITY - The heavyweight Simon Kean was dreaming to be
ranked in the Top 10 of the international ratings next year
or in 2020, but Dillon Carman killed his dream Saturday in
the ring of the Videotron Centre in Québec City. A boxer of
233 pounds from Toronto, Carman won this fight by KO at 1:08
minute of the fourth round.
Kean, a fighter of 245 pounds from Trois-Rivières (a city
located between Montréal and Québec City), was the aggressor
in the first round. He connected five or six power shots to
the head and the body. Carman provoked a knockdown in the
second round with a left hook on the jaw. Kean got problems
to return in his corner at the end of the round.
In the third round, Kean took his revenge. He floored Carman
with a left hook to the head, and he attacked furiously
during the last minute of the round.
But everything turned ugly for Kean in the fourth round.
Carman provoked another knockdown, and this time, Kean has
been unable to get back on his legs before the count of 10.
“I promised to my fans to cause a huge surprise in Québec
City, and I did it, said Carman after the bout. Kean is a
very big heavyweight, he is solid puncher, but I proved
tonight that I got a better chin than him. This win will
certainly help me to improve my rating on the international
boxing scene, but I am ready to give a rematch to Kean if he
is ready to face me again.”
Kean (15-1-0) replied: “A first defeat is extremely painful,
but I am sure I will get back on the track very soon. If
Carman (14-3-0) is serious in pretending he is ready to give
me a rematch, I will certainly accept his proposition. I
hope that my promoter, Camille Estephan, will be able to
organize this rematch.”
Butler Stopped Balmir
Just before the main event, the Montrealer middleweight
Steven Butler increased substantially his chances to reach
soon the Top 10 of the IBF ratings.
Ranked 12th contender by the IBF, Butler improved his pro
record to 25-1-1, in beating Jordan Balmir, from
Drummondville, Québec, by TKO in less than three rounds.
For Balmir, it was a first defeat in pro boxing (10-1-0).
Butler was the aggressor in the first round. In this opening
round, Balmir was moving constantly from right to left in
In the second round, Butler attacked intensively during two
minutes. A very tough round for Balmir.
In the third round, Butler provoked a knockdown with a left
hook on the chin, and few seconds after, he attacks
furiously, putting Balmir in serious trouble in the ropes.
At that moment, the referee Mike Griffin intervened to
declare Balmir TKO.
“I told you I would win clearly this fight, and I was
right,” said Butler in getting out of the ring. “I was sure
that my power shots would put Balmir in serious trouble, and
I was right. I am very proud to be the first one to inflict
to Balmir a defeat in pro boxing. I am actually ranked 12th
contender by the IBF, and I really hope to be rank in the
Top 10 in the months to come. And I believe it will happen.
I really want to figure among the best middleweights in the
world in 2019. As I said several times, my ambition is to
dispute eventually a world championship fight.”
Jukembayev Knocks Moreno Out
The Montrealer Russian Batyr Jukembayev should see his name
in the international ratings in 2019.
WBC super lightweight Inter Continental champion, Jukembayev
improved his pro record to 14-0-0 in winning by KO over the
Mexican Patrico Moreno (20-3-0).
Tall, with a long reach, Moreno provoked a knockdown in the
first round with a power punch on the jaw. But Jukembayev
took his revenge in the second round. This time, Moreno went
on the floor.
Jukembayev was the aggressor in the third, fourth, fifth and
sixth rounds. Clearly, he was dominating the action. In the
seventh round, Jukembayev knock Mopreno with a powerful shot
on the chin.
Another Montrealer Russian Andranik Gregoryan, a super
featherweight (130 pounds), increased his pro record to
8-0-0 with a victory by unanimous decision in eight rounds
over the Argentinian Kevin Leonel Acevedo (15-2-2).
Very fast, intense, excellent technically, Gregoryan
dominate the action in almost every rounds. The judges
scored the fight 80-72, 80-72 and 79-73, scores which
showing the clear domination by Gregoryan.
Acevedo finished the bout with a left eye almost closed.
The super middleweight (168 pounds) Vincent Thibault, a
southpaw from Québec city, obtained his seventh win in pro
boxing (7-0-0) in beating the Mexican Sergio De Leon by
unanimous decision in six rounds.
Thibault provoked a knockdown in the second round with a
solid power shot on the chin. In the fourth round, De Leon
was very aggressive, but Thibault controlled the action in
the last two rounds.
The judges scored the fight 58-55, 59-54 and 60-53 for the
fighter from Québec City.
The middleweight (160 pounds) Clovis Drolet, from Québec
City, stayed undefeated in seven pro bouts (7-0-0).
One of the most promising prospects in pro boxing, the
Montrealer Russian Artem Oganesyan, a super middleweight,
scored his seventh win (7-0-0) in beating the Argentinian
Sergio Samuel Castellano (11-8-0) by TKO in the first round.
Oganesyan sent his opponent on the floor in the second
minute of the bout with two power shots on the chin, and the
referee, seeing that Castallano was seriously hurt, stopped
The super featherweight Keamy Savoie-Cloutier, from
Trois-Rivières, Québec, started his pro boxing career on a
good note. He won by unanimous decision over the Mexican
Miguel Angel Covarrubias (3-7-3).
The three judges got scores of 40-36 for Savoie-Cloutier.
The welterweight (147 pounds) Sébastien Roy, from Thetford
Mines, Québec, improved his pro record to 5-0-0 with a win
by unanimous decision in four rounds over the Mexican Mario
Bedolla Orozco (2-2-1).
The bout was intense from the beginning to the end. The
three judges scored the bout 40-36 for Roy, who connected
more punches than his rival.
In the opening bout of the evening, the super welterweight
(154 pounds) Yannick Parent, from Québec City, made
successful pro debut, beating the Mexican Rodolfo Lopez by
KO in the first round.
Parent has been victim of two knockdowns, but he provoked
himself three knockdowns, winning automatically by KO.
The crowd was very exciting with these two minutes of crazy
Lopez suffered of his sixth defeat in pro boxing (6-6-0).
The middleweight Clovis Drolet, from Québec City, improved
his record to 7-0-0 in beating the Bulgarian Evgeni Borisov
(3-2-1) by TKO.
Drolet sent twice his opponent on the floor in the fourth
round with intense attacks, and after the second knockdown,
the referee stopped the bout and declared Borisov TKO.