Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Lafrenière Stops Barbosa In The First Round
By Daniel Cloutier
Photo: Patrick Lacombe
MONTRÉAL - In the main event of this boxing show presented
by the GYM Group Saturday afternoon at the Montréal Casino,
Francis Lafrenière scored a spectacular win.He won by TKO in
the first round against the Brazilian Samir Barbosa.
Former NABO champion, Lafrenière attacked intensively in the
first round, and his opponent looked seriously in trouble.
Lafrenière maintained his furious attack in a corner, and
the referee intervened to declare Barbosa TKO.
”It’s was my plan to attack intensively, and the result is
marvelous,” said Lafrenière. “Barbosa is a tough fighter,
but it’s clear that my power shots were affecting him. I did
not expect to win in the first round, but I cannot be more
Lafrenière’s trainer, Howard Grant, said: “Yes, Francis
attacked energetically in the first round, and Barbosa was
clearly in trouble, I am extremely proud of my fighter. Like
I said at the weight in, if my fighter wins by KO or TKO, I
will happy and proud… and I am!”
The super middleweight Canadian champion, the Montrealer
Shakeel Phinn obtained his 19th win in pro boxing (19-2-0),
winning by TKO in the first round against the Argentinian
Crispulo Javier Andino (20-12-1).
Phinn provoked a knockdown in this first round with a solid
hook on the chin, As soon that Andino got back on his legs,
Phinn attacked furiously and he sent again his opponent on
the canvas. At that moment, the referee intervened to
declare Andino TKO.
“I saw him on video, then, I knew exactly what to do to beat
him,” said Phinn after the fight. “I prepared very well my
KO. I was active offensively, and I connected my decisive
punches at the good moment. I want to stay active to
increase my chances to be ranked soon.”
Phinn will have his next bout December 1st at the Videotron
Centre in Québec Centre, against the Montrealer Romanian
Dario Bredicean (17-0-0). It will be the biggest test of his
pro boxing career.
Just before the two main fights of this boxing show, the
super middleweight Sébastien Bouchard, from Baie Saint-Paul,
Québec, improved his pro record to 17-1-0 with a victory by
KO in the second round over the Mexican Carlos Gorham. The
first round was pretty close, but Bouchard surprised his
opponent with a superb left hook on the jaw in the second
minute of the second round. Gorham was clearly hurt, he got
a lot of problems to get back on his legs, than, the referee
declared him KO.
“I worked well with my jabs, and I connected my power punch
at the perfect moment,” said Bouchard after the bout. I am
very satisfy of my progression in my boxing career.”
Jean-Michel Bolivar (5-1-0), a super middleweight from
Pointe-Calumet, Québec, scored a win by KO in the first
round against the Mexican Adriel Zuzaino (26-18-3).
Bolivar provoked a knockdown in the second minute of the
fight with a power shot to the body. Zuzaino has been unable
to get back on his legs before the count of 10.
The welterweight Kane Heron, from Etobicoke, Ontario, stayed
undefeated in 13 pro bouts (12-0-1) in beating the Mexican
Carlos Lopez Marmolejo (9-6-1) by KO in the first round.
Heron floored his opponent with two solids punches to the
head in the second minute of the fight, and the Mexican has
been unable to get back on his legs before the count of 10.
The cruiserweight Yan Pellerin, from Granby, Québec,
increased his pro record to 3-1 with a victory by unanimous
decision in four rounds over the Mexican Fidel Toscano
The super middleweight Tommy Houle (4-0-0), from
Sainte-Beatrix, Québec, won by unanimous decision over the
Mexican Rafael Ortiz (3-2-1).
In the opening bout of the day, the lightweight Alex
Dilmaghani, from Toronto, improved his pro record to 18-1-0
in winning by KO in the first round against the Mexican
Cristian Arrazola (24-16-3).
Dilmaghani provoked three knockdowns in the first round, the
first one with a solid hook to the body, the second one with
a hook to the head and the third one with a right hand to
On the Québec territory, a fighter victim of three
knockdowns loses automatically by KO.