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Who Was Right? Simon Kean!

By Daniel Cloutier

SHAWINIGAN - The heavyweights Simon Kean and Adam Braidwood both promised to their fans to win by KO Saturday evening in the ring of the Shawinigan Gervais Centre.

Who was right? Simon Kean.

The boxer from Trois-Rivières, Québec, won by TKO this IBO Inter-Continental heavyweight championship.

Kean controlled the action in the first round. He touched the target more often than Braidwood.

Kean attacked furiously in the second round, and his opponent finished the round with a severe cut over the left eye. He was bleeding a lot.

The fighter from Trois-Rivières maintained his solid charges in the third round, and he hurt severely his rival. The Braidwood’s legs were shaking. The referee Mike Griffin intervened to declare Braidwood TKO.

Kean stayed undefeated in 15 bouts (15-0-0).

For the former CFL football player, Braidwood, a boxer from Victoria, British Columbia, it was a second lost in pro boxing (13-2-0).

“Yes, I promised to my fans to win before the end of the sixth round, and I did it,” said Kean after the bout. “I was clearly better than him technically, and like you saw it, I connected a lot of more punches than him. After the second round, I knew that Braidwood was seriously in trouble. I intensified my attacks in the third round, and you saw the result. Braidwood was out at that moment. It’s an important win for me, because with a record of 15-0-0, I am closer than ever to see my name in the international ratings.”

Kean has 14 wins by KO in 15 presences in the ring.

Kean showed up in the ring with a weight of 237.5 pounds, versus 245.9 for the fighter from Western Canada, a former tight end with the Edmonton Eskimos.

Ulysse Jr. Won The Fecarbox Championship

Just before the main event, the Montrealer Yves Ulysse Jr. won the vacant FecarBox super lightweight championship, with a win by unanimous decision in 10 rounds over the Venezuelian Ernesto Espana.

Ulysse (16-1-0) worked extremely hard against a very tall opponent, with a long reach, who was jabbing constantly. Ulysse Jr. connected more power shots than his opponent in each round, but Espana replied with a lot of jabs and left hooks.

In the fourth round, Ulysse Jr. hurt Espana with a solid left hook on the chin, but the Venezuelan came back few seconds after with a superb counter-attack.

“I connected the most powerful punches of the fight, then I think I was deserving the win, even if my opponent connected a big volume of punches,” said Ulysse Jr. in getting out of the ring. “Espana is a busy fighter, it’s true, but his punches have absolutely no power.”

The three judges scored the bout for 100-90, 100-90 and 99-91, all in favour of the Montrealer.

For Espana, it was a first defeat in pro boxing (25-1-1).

François Pratte, a super featherweight from Trois-Rivières (a city located at 15 miles of Shawinigan), increased his perfect record to 7-0-0 in beating Eric Taylor, from Edmonton, Alberta, by unanimous decision in six rounds.

Pratte was the aggressor in most of the rounds, and no doubt, he connected more power shots than his opponent in this fight.

Very fast, very intense, the Montrealer featherweight Andranik Grigoryan kept his perfect pro record (7-0-0) with a win by unanimous decision in eight rounds over the Mexican Daniel Olea (13-5-2).

A Russian living in Montréal since a year and a half, Grigoryan controlled the action round after round.

The super middleweight Nurzat Sabirov, a fighter from Kazakstan living now in Montréal, scored his seventh win in pro boxing (7-0-0) with a victory by TKO over the Mexican Guillermo Romero.

Sabirov dominate the action from the beginning to the end with his speed, technique and precision.

Sabirov provoked two knockdowns in a row in fourth round, and it was enough for the referee, who declared Romero TKO.

The cruiserweight Artur Ziyatdinov, a Russian living in Montréal, stayed undefeated in six pro bouts (6-0-0), beating the Mexican Mario Aguilar (18-5-0) by unanimous decision.

Faster than his rival, stronger physically, Ziyatdinov tortured Aguilar for two minutes in the fourth round. And the Montrealer dominate clearly five of this six rounds of the bout.

Aguilar was not present at the weigh in Friday, but he went on the scale Saturday morning in Shawinigan. After the weigh in, some boxing writers thought that this fight would be cancelled… wrong!

In the opening bout of the evening, the other Montrealer Russian Saddridin Akhmedov, a middleweight, improved his pro record to 3-0-0 in beating the Mexican Gustavo Garibay (13-11-2) by TKO in the fifth round.

Clearly better technically than his opponent, Akhmedov controlled the action from the beginning to the end. In the third round, Akhmedov, a good puncher, provoked a knockdown with a solid left hook on the chin. In the fifth round, Akhmedov send his opponent on the floor for the second and the third times of the fight, and at that moment, the referee intervened to declare Garibay TKO.


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