Cloutier’s Canada Corner
No KO, But Total Domination By David Lemieux
By Daniel Cloutier
QUEBEC CITY - The Montrealer David Lemieux and the French
Karim Achour predicted both their win by KO Saturday evening
in the ring of the Videotron Centre in Québec City… but both
missed the target.
Lemieux won this WBC middleweight international championship
by unanimous decision of the judges.
The scores of the judges proved the complete Lemieux’s
domination: 119-108, 120-107 and 119-107.
However, right after the bout, the WBC declared the title
vacant. Why? Because Lemieux did not respect the limit of
the middleweight division (160 pounds) at the weigh in. He
was two pounds overweight. The WBC and the Quebec Athletic
Commission (Régie provinciale des sports de combat) gave him
two hours and a half to lose the two pounds, but Lemieux
lost only one pound. Then, he became ineligibilitie for the
Extremely aggressive, Lemieux attacked furiously in the
first four rounds, but Achour has been able to resist to all
these charges. The fifth was the first close round. In the
sixth, like in the first four rounds, Lemieux attacked
intensively, but the seventh round was close, like the fifth
round. Lemieux become back very aggressive in the eight
round, but the opponent was resisting to all the
aggressions. The next three rounds were close and intense
(with a light domination by Lemieux), each fighter trying to
hurt the opponent. But Lemieux succeeded in the last round,
he provoked a knockdown with a left hook on the chin.
“I was deserving plenty this win,” said Lemieux. “I was the
aggressor in every rounds, and I connected a lot of more
solid punches than Achour in every rounds. And I provoked
the only knockdown of the bout. But I got to give credit to
Achour, who has been able to finish the fight on his legs.
But like you saw it, I attacked furiously in the majority of
the rounds, because for the first time in a year, I could
fight with two shoulders in good health. As you know, my
left shoulder, which caused me a lot of problems since a
year, received several cortisone injections in the last
months. I did not win this WBC international championship,
because my one pound overweight, but I should keep my
position in the WBC ratings with this clear victory.”
Lemieux (39-4-0) is ranked fourth contender by the WBC, and
seventh by the WBO. “David fought energetically, he was the
aggressor in all almost all the rounds, and he dominated the
fight from the beginning to the end,” said Lemieux’s
trainer, Marc Ramsay. “David, who is always working very
hard in training, will work to improve some aspects of his
style in the weeks to come, and I am sure the results will
Achour finished the fight with a record of 26-5-3.
CLAYTON AND BAZINYAN STILL UNDEFEATED
Ranked seventh contender by the WBO in the welterweight
division, Custio Clayton, a fighter from Halifax, Nova
Scotia, who is living in Montréal since three years, who
hopes to dispute a world championship bout in 2019,
increased his chances to reach his goal. Just before the
fight Lemieux-Achour, he won the WBC 147 pounds
International championship with a victory by unanimous
decision over the British Stephen Danyo (14-1-3).
Clayton is undefeated in 15 pro bouts (15-0-0) and he is
detaining now two belts. He is also IBF international
champion. The two fighters were good technically, but
Clayton was stronger physically, and showed that he is a
more destructive puncher. Clayton controlled the action in
the 12 rounds of the bout. The scores of the judges are
showing it (120-108 for the three judges).
“This win will certainly help me to move up in the
international ratings,” said Clayton after the bout. “I just
inflicted to Danyo his first defeat in pro boxing, and I am
detaining two titles now. Yes, I am determined to dispute a
world championship bout, and I really believe I have the
weapons to become world champion.”
The Montrealer Armenian light heavyweight Erik Bazinyan made
another step in direction of the Top 10 international
ratings. He improved his perfect record to 19-0-0 with a
victory by KO over the Argentinian Alejandro Gustavo Falliga
Bazinyan was faster than his opponent, and clearly better
technically. Bazinyan sent Falliga on the canvas three times
in the third round, winning automatically by KO.
The Montrealer Russian Batyrk Jukembayev, the IBO
international champion in the super lightweight division,
obtained his 13th win in pro boxing (13-0-0) in beating the
Argentinian Jonathan Jose Eniz (20-10-1) by TKO.
Jukembayev won a second title, the WBC International
The first two rounds were close, each fighter having his
good moments offensively. Jukembayev dominated clearly the
two following rounds. In the fifth round, Eniz surprised
Jukembayev in provoking a knockdown, but he paid the big
price for that. In the seventh round, Jukembayev sent twice
Eniz on the floor, and he was on the way to provoke a third
knockdown when the referee intervened to declare Eniz TKO.
The Montrealer Russian Nurzat Sabirov, a super middleweight,
increased his pro record to 6-0-0 with a victory by
unanimous decision in six rounds over the Mexican Rolando
Sabirov controlled easily the action with his excellent
technique. He tortured his rival in most of the rounds with
his jabs, uppercuts and power shoots to the head and the
body, but Paredes was extremely tough and courageous.
The Montrealer featherweight Andranik Grigoryan improved
also his pro record to 6-0-0 in becoming the first fighter
to defeat the Mexican Jesus Amparan (12-1-0). Faster, more
intense and more accurate than his opponent, Grigoryan
dominated five of the six rounds, and he won by unanimous
The super middleweight southpaw Vincent Thibault, from
Québec City, scored his fifth win in pro boxing (5-0-0), in
beating the Argentinian Carlos Jerez (45-22-4) by unanimous
decision in six rounds.
Jerez dominated the first round, but all the other rounds
have been controlled by Thibault. In the last five rounds,
Thibault connected a lot of more punches than the rival.
The Russian heavyweight Arslanbek Makhmudov, who lived in
Montréal since few months, obtained his third win in pro
boxing (3-0-0), this one with only 67 seconds of action.
Makhmudov, who destroyed literally his rival, provoked two
knockdowns in the first minute of the bout and a third
knockdown in the second minute of the fight, winning
automatically by KO.
Makhmudov won all his pro bouts by KO or TKO.
The Montrealer Russian Saddarrin Akhmedov scored his second
win in pro boxing (2-0-0), a second victory by KO. Akhmedov
knock the Argentinian Ariel Alejandro Zampedri (9-4-0) out
with a solid left hook to the body. Zampedri put a knee on
the floor, and stayed in that position until the count of
Very aggressive, solid puncher, the super welterweight
Raphael Courchesne, from Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec, won by TKO
against the Argentinian Ivan Banach (4-3-0).
Considering that Courchesne was the only one to attack
furiously, the referee intervened to declare Banach TKO in
the second round.
In the opening bout of the evening, the welterweight
Sébastien Roy, from Thetford Mines, Québec, improved his pro
record to 4-0-0 with a win by unanimous decision in four
rounds over Patrick Lafleur (1-3-1), from Edmonton, Alberta.
Better technically than his opponent, Roy took the control
of the action in the second minute of the fight and his
domination was clear until the end of the fight.
Finally, the Montrealer female super lightweight Ariane
Goyette made deceiving pro debut, losing by a majority
decision of the judges in four rounds against Christiana
Barry, from Winnipeg, Manitoba.
For Barry, it was a first win in five pro bouts (1-4-0).