Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Kean & Braidwood Both Believe They Can Win By KO
By Daniel Cloutier
SHAWINIGAN - The former Canadian Football League player,
Adam Braidwood, has the conviction he will score the most
significant win of his pro boxing career Saturday evening in
Shawinigan, a city located at 15 miles to Trois-Rivières
(the city located between Montréal and Québec City).
A heavyweight from Edmonton, Alberta, Braidwood (13-1-0), a
former defensive tight end with the Edmonton Eskimos, will
face Simon Kean (14-0-0), from Trois-Rivières, in the main
event of this boxing show presented by The Eye Of The Tiger
Management Group at the Shawinigan Gervais Auto Centre.
These two heavyweights will fight for the IBO
InterContinental championship (10 rounds).
“Kean is big and strong physically, but I am sure that he is
extremely nervous at few hours of our fight,” said Braidwood
Friday afternoon at the weigh inn held on the fight’s site.
“I am sure that this bout will be intense and spectacular,
but I am promising to my fans to win it by KO. I am positive
I gonna win before the end of the sixth round. I suffered a
lot in training, I got a very tough training camp, but you
will see, Kean will be the one who will suffer when the
fight will start. My intention is to hurt him in each round
with my power shots to the head and the body. Kean said I
have a big mouth? Yes, and I am proud of it. It’s because my
big mouth that the promoter Camille Estephan got the idea to
organize a fight between Kean and me. And when the fight
will start, I’m gonna talk loud… with my fists.”
Kean was laughing in listening the Braidwood’s comments.
“Braidwood has the attitude of a stupid clown,” said Kean.
“He said I am nervous? I am sure he is scare to face me. He
is pretending he will beat me by KO? Wrong! I will beat him
by KO. I know I have the technique, the intensity and the
determination to win clearly this bout.”
Kean knows that several box ins fans in Canada believe he
gonna loose against Braidwood. “Some boxing fans believe
that Braidwood is tougher than me, because he got a tough
life, but trust me, I got also a tough life and I will be
the master of the ring Saturday evening. I don’t care of
what some boxing fans believe, the main thing, it is what I
gonna achieve in the ring.”
Kean’s trainer, Jimmy Boisvert, is very optimistic at few
hours of this match up. “Simon is extremely determinate and
motivated by this challenge,” said Boisvert. “I am expecting
to see a Simon Kean intense and perfectly concentrate on his
work Saturday evening. I am sure he has the weapons
necessaries to win this fight, a win which help him to reach
the international ratings.”
The former boxer Anthonin Décarie, The Eye Of The Tiger
Management Group vice-president, is expecting a great fight.
“I am positive the action will be great,” said Décarie.
“These two heavyweights hate each other, and both are
determinate to win it by KO. I am very impatient to assist
to this explosive fight. Braidwood is a big man, strong
physically, but I have the conviction that Kean is a more
At the weigh in supervised by the Québec Athletic Commission
(Régie provinciale des sports de combats) Kean posted an
official weight of 237.5 pounds, versus 245.9 for Braidwood.
Kean is 29 years old, Braidwood 34.
TV analyst, Bernard Barré, the GYM Group scout, is
predicting a Kean’s win. “It’s true that Braidwood is big
and strong physically, but no doubt in my mind, Kean will be
the big winner,” said Barré. “I am positive that Braidwood
has not the technique necessary to win against Simon. I like
the Kean’s chance to win this fight by KO or TKO.”
Kean won 13 times by KO or TKO, Braidwood 12 times.
Just before the main event, the Montrealer Yves Ulysse Jr.
(15-1-0) will face the Venezuelan Ernesto Espana (25-0-1) in
a WBC super lightweight FercaBox championship (10 rounds).
The Montrealers Russians Andranik Grigorryan (6-0-0), Nurzat
Sabirov (6-0-0) and Saddridin Akhmedov (2-0-0), and François
Pratte (6-0-0), from Trois-Rivières, will be involved in the
preliminaries bouts of the evening.
Grigoryan will fight the Mexican featherweight Daniel Olea
(13-4-2), Sabirov will meet the Mexican super middleweight
Guillermo Romero (12-6-0), Akhmedov will challenge the
Mexican super welterweight Gustavo Garibay (13-10-2), and
finally, Pratte will fight the super lightweight Eric Taylor
(8-1-2), from Edmonton, Alberta.
At the weigh in, Ulysse Jr. posted an official weight of
139.4, Espana 139.6, Grigoryan 125.3, Olea 125, Sabirov
169.5, Romero 168, Akhmedov 156.3, Garibay 155.5, Pratte
129.8, and finally, Taylor 131 pounds.