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  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 punches.

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 the hospital.

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 end.

«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 Montrealer.
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.”


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