Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Gvozdyk Knocks Stevenson Out In 11th Round
By Daniel Cloutier
QQUÉBEC CITY, Canada — The Las Vegas bookies know boxing
very well. They established the Russian Oleksandr Gvozdyk
favourite by 2-1, and Saturday evening in the ring of the
Videotron Centre in Québec City. the Russian became the
first fighter to beat the Montrealer southpaw Adonis
Stevenson in a world championship bout. Interim champion,
mandatory challenger, Gvozdyk (16-0-0) became the new WBC
light heavyweight champion of the world in beating Stevenson
(29-2-1) by KO at 2.49 minutes of the 11th round. Few weeks
ago, several boxing writers in Europe were positive that
Gvozdyk would dethrone Stevenson as WBC 175 pounds champion
of the world, and they were right.
“I have been patient, and I attacked intensively at the
right moment, said Gvozdyk in getting out of the ring. I
fought very well technically, and it’s Stevenson who payed
the big price for his mistakes…. not me. In the 11th round,
it was so clear that Stevenson was in serious trouble. I
felt that all my power punches were hurting him. I attacked
intensively three times in this round, and the last time
Stevenson was KO’d in the corner. Stevenson promised to his
fans to knock me out, he was sure to achieve it, then, I
guess he is feeling pretty bad now. What next for me? It
could be great to have a unification titles bout. I will let
my manager and my promoter work on the file.
In the first round, Stevenson was the aggressor and he
connected few goods shots the head.
In the second round, Gvozdyk showed he got a solid chin,
because Stevenson connected him with few great power
Stevenson went on the canvas in the third round, but the
referee Mike Griffin called it a slip. Several spectators
were surprised; they thought it was a real knockdown.
In this third round, each fighter got his good moments
offensively, but the Russian dominated the action.
Stevenson was again the aggressor in the fifth round, and he
connected the best shots of the round.
The sixth and seventh rounds were intense and close, each
fighter having his good sequence offensively.
Gvozdyk was the aggressor in the eight round, and he
dominated clearly the action with his jabs and power shots.
The ninth round was another close round, with good moments
on each side. In the 10th round,
Stevenson came close to provoke a knockdown in the 10th
round. He connected a superb power shots, and Gvozdyk has
fallen in the ropes, and the referee Mike Griffin did not
consider that it was a knockdown.
Gvozdyk attacked furiously in the 11 round, he got three
solid charges, and he finally knocked Stevenson out in the
corner of the ring.
Stevenson is 40 years, then, we can presume he will end his
boxing career. Right after the fight, he refused to talk to
the media. But the GYM Group confirmed one hour later that
that Stevenson got a concussion, and he went right away to
Several times in the last days, Stevenson mentioned that he
was sure to make a 10th successful defense of his world
title with a win by KO or TKO.
A Clear Win For Rivas; A Majority Draw For Phinn And
Bredicean; Total Domination By Zewski
The heavyweight NABF North American champion, the Montrealer
Colombian Oscar Rivas made another step in direction of the
WBC Top 10 ratings, with a victory by unanimous decision in
10 rounds. The judges scored the bout 100-89, 99-90 and
99-90 for the Montrealer.
Ranked 14th by the WBC, Rivas (25-0-0) made a successful
defense of his title and became the first fighter to inflict
a defeat to Fabio Maldonado (26-1-0), who has been three
times Brazilian champion.
Rivas was patient, and was attacking at the right time in
most of the rounds. Rivas provoked a knockdown with a solid
left hook to the chin in the fifth round.
In the ninth and 10th rounds, Rivas attacked constantly with
both hands a rival who was working more defensively than
offensively. «I worked more offensively than my opponent,
and no doubt I connected more power shots than him». Rivas
will dispute his next bout at the mid-Janueray at the
Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York, against the Bryant
Jennings (24-2-0), from Philadelphia, a fighter ranked in
the Top 10 of the international ratings.
The Montrealer Romanian super middleweight Dario Bredicean
(17-0-2) and the Montrtealer Jamaican Shakeel Phinn (19-2-1)
fought 10 rounds, and this IBF InterContinental championship
finished by a majority draw.
Bredicean used his long reach and his excellent jabs to
dominate the action in the first six rounds. And Bredicean
connected several hooks to the head and the body. Phinn was
more aggressive in the second half of the bout, but the
crowd was more than surprise by the result of the judges.
Almost everybody considered that Bredicean was deserving a
win by unanimous decision. “No doubt, I was better
technically than Phinn in most of the rounds,” said
Bredicean after the bout. “And I connected a lot of more
punches than him. This majority draw decision is really
disappointed for me.”
Two judges scored the bout 95-95, and the third one got a
score of 98-92 for Phinn.
The welterweight Mikael Zewski, from Trois-Rivières, Québec,
improved his pro record to 32-1-0 in beating the Mexican
Aaron Herrera (35-9-1) by unanimous decision (100-90 three
times) in 10 rounds.
Zewski was the aggressor in every rounds, and his intensity
helped him to dominated the action from the beginning to the
«Like I said, it’s crucial for me to stay undefeated, to
increase my chances to take part in a world championship
bout in 2019 or 2020,” said Zewski after the fight. “I made
important progress technically since a year, and I want to
maintain this progression. I really believe that the
greatest moments of my boxing career are to come.”
Aaron Pryor Jr, a middleweight from Cincinnati, won by
unanimous decision (59-55 three times) in six rounds over
the Brazilian Gilberto Freitas (14-9-0). Very tall with a
very long reach, Pryor connected more jabs and hooks than
his opponent in most of the rounds.
The Montrealer light heavyweight Wilfried Seyi (2-0-0), a
fighter coming from Cameroon, Africa, won by TKO over the
Mexican Fernando Galvan. Seyi provoked two knockdowns during
the third round, and few seconds after, the referee declared
the Mexican TKO.
The welterweight Sébastien Bouchard, from Baie-Saint-Paul,
Québec, improved his pro record to 18-1-0 with a win by KO
over the Brazilian Victor Freitas (15-3-0).
Bouchard sent his rival on the floor in the second round
with a solid left hook to the head, and he knock his rival
out in the third with a great body shot.
In the opening bout of the evening, the heavyweight
Oleksandr Teslenko, from Toronto, stayed undefeated in 15
pro bouts (15-0-0) in beating the Brazilien Cesar Antonio
(40-8-1) by TKO in the third round.
Teslenko provoked a knockdown in the second round with a
great body shot, and sent his opponent on the floor on the
third round with a power shot on the chin. At that moment,
the Antonio’s corner men threw the towel.
Dicaire New World Champion
The Montrealer Marie-Eve Dicaire kept her promise. She
dethroned Chris Namus, from Uruguay, as IBF female super
welterweight (154 pounds) champion of the world. Dicaire won
this world title bout by unanimous decision in 10 rounds.
The judges scored the bout 97-93, 96-94 and 97-93 for the
Dicaire still undefeated in pro boxing (14-0-0). Namus has
now a record of 24-5-0.
Dicaire dominated the first round with her intensity.
The second round was close and intense, each fighter having
her good sequence. Namus was more aggressive in the third
round, and she dominated the action. A very good fourth
round for Dicaire, who connected a lot of more punches than
her rival. Dicaire fought well technically in the fifth
round. After a pretty close sixth round, Dicaire controlled
totally the action in the seventh, eight and nine rounds. In
the 10th and last round, the crowd was extremely excited,
because Dicaire connected at least six power shots to the
head in a row. “Before the confirmation of the result, I
knew I was the new champion of the world,” said Dicaire
right after the fight. “I know I dominated more rounds that
Namus with my technique and intensity. It’s definitively the
greatest moment of my career. I worked so hard to reach that
objective in the last years. I have now my reward.”