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Kean Stops Santos In The Eighth Round

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 head.

In the sixth round, Kean placed several solid shots on the chin and he sent Santos twice on the floor during the last minute.

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 seriously hurt.

“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 year.

The middleweight Clovis Drolet (5-0-0), from Québec City, won by TKO in the second round over the Mexican Adriel Juzano (26-17-3).

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 Pratte (5-0-0).

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 Granados (2-5-0).

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 decision.


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