Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Kean Stops Santos In The Eighth
By Daniel Cloutier
SHAWINIGAN, Québec, Canada - The Canadian heavyweight Simon
Kean is closer to his objective: reach the Top 15 or the Top
10 of the international ratings. Kean, a fighter from
Trois-Rivières, Québec, stayed undefeated (13-0-0) in pro
boxing Saturday evening at the Gervais Auto Centre in
Shawinigan (located at 15 miles of Trois-Rivières).
Kean kept his IBO heavyweight Inter-Continental
championship, in beating Alexis Santos (18-3-0), from
Lawrence, Massachusetts, by TKO in the eighth round. “I just
scored the most significant win of my pro boxing career, and
no doubt that this win will help me to reach my goal, reach
the Top 15 or the Top 10 of the international ratings,” said
Kean after the fight.
A fighter of 245 pounds (versus 227 for the opponent), Kean
placed the best power shots in the first round. And Kean
gave a very hard time to his opponent in the second round,
with three solids attacks to the head and the body.
The third and fourth rounds were intense ans close. Each
fighter placed powerful hooks. And Santos tried to disturb
Kean in each round in insulting him.
The two boxers fought defensively in the fifth round, but
just before the belt, Kean placed a good left hook to the
In the sixth round, Kean placed several solid shots on the
chin and he sent Santos twice on the floor during the last
Santos came back in the seventh round, in being more active
offensively than the Canadian. But the situation turned bad
for Santos after this round.
Kean exploded in the eight round. He attacked furiously and
he provoked a third knockdown. Few seconds after, the
referee Mike Griffin stopped the bout. Santos looked
“I fought with concentration and discipline from the
beginning to the end, I connected more solids shots than
Santos in almost every rounds, then, I deserved this win,”
said Kean. “In several rounds, it was very clear that my
power punches were hurting Santos. In the fifth round, I
felt a bit tired, it’s why I did not work offensively in
that round, but I came back strong after like you saw it. I
got to admit that never I faced an opponent so resistant and
so courageous. I needed to hurt him several times before
score this TKO. No doubt, It was the toughest fight of my
pro boxing career.”
Just before the main event, the Montrealer super
welterweight Steven Butler improved his pro record to 22-1-1
in the semi final of the evening, with a victory by KO in
the first round over the Mexican Uriel Gonzalez (16-4-1).
Butler knocked Gonzalez out after only 83 seconds of action
in the bout. Butler caught Gonzalez with a solid right hand
of the chin. Gonzalez has been unable to get back on his
legs before the count of 10.
In the preliminaries bouts of the evening, the Montrealer
super lightweight Mathieu Germain (13-0-0 ) provoked two
knockdowns, in the fourth and eight rounds, and he finally
beat Cam O’Connell (16-2-1), from Red Deer, Alberta, by TKO.
The referee stopped the bout after the second knockdown of
the fight in the eight round. For Germain, who dominated the
action from the beginning to the end, it was the most
significant win of his pro boxing career. Germain could
dispute a Commonwealth championship before the end of the
The middleweight Clovis Drolet (5-0-0), from Québec City,
won by TKO in the second round over the Mexican Adriel
The light heavyweight Vincent Thibault (3-0-0), from Québec
City, scored a win by KO in the second round over the Polish
Piotr Brzoska (1-2-0), Jordan Balmir (8-0-0).
A middleweight from Drummondville, Québec, won by unanimous
decision over the Mexican Uriel Hernandez (13-5-0), François
A super featherweight from Trois-Rivières, stayed undefeated
in three pro bouts (3-0-0) with a victory by unanimous
decision over the Mexican Daniel Cruz (4-1-0).
The super welterweight Raphael Courchene, from
Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec, made successful pro debut with a
win by unanimous decision against the Mexican Luis Ernesto
And finally, Kim Clavel, a female light flyweight from
Montréal, obtained her second win in pro boxing (2-0-0) in
beating the Mexican Jessica Guerrero (3-3-0), by unanimous