Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Lafrenière Won By TKO To Become
Middleweight Canadian Champion
By Daniel Cloutier
MONTRÉAL - The Montrealer Francis Lafrenière promised to his
fans to become middleweight Canadian champion, and he did
it. Friday evening in the ring of the Pierre-Charbonneau
Centre in Montréal (beside the Olympic stadium), Lafrenière
(20-7-2) beat the Montrealer Francesco Cotroni (12-12-0) by
TKO in the fifth round.
Lafrenière took his revenge in this fight. In 2012 in a four
rounders, Cotroni beat Lafrenière by unanimous decision.
Lafrenière never forgot that sad moment and he promised to
his fans to take his revenge.
In the first round, Cotroni attacked intensively. but in the
second round, Lafrenière connected the best shots.
The third and fourth rounds were close; each fighter got his
good moments offensively.
Lafrenière provoked a knockdown in the fifth round with a
solid body shot, he maintained his attacks, and the referee
intervened to declare Cotroni TKO.
“I was persuaded to win this Canadian championship, and I
was right,” said Lafrenière after the bout. “I was the
aggressor in the third, fourth and fifth round, and you saw
the result. In the fifth round, it was clear that Cotroni
was suffering a lot. The referee did the right thing in
stopping the fight.”
The Lafrenière’s trainer, Stéphane Larouche, said: “Cotroni
was aggressive at the beginning of the fight, but more the
bout was progressing, more than Francis was productive, more
he was dominating the action. It was logical for the referee
to stop the fight in the fifth round.”
The Montrealer middleweight (160 pounds) Jean Michael Poulin
obtained his seventh win in pro boxing (7-1-3) in beating
Danyk Croteau (5-3-0), from Gatineau, Québec (beside Ottawa)
by unanimous decision in six rounds.
The fight was intense and close, but two juges scored the
fight 59-56, the other one got a card of 59-55, all for the
Adam Dyczka, a boxer from Granby, Québec, made his pro debut
on a good note. He won by KO in the first round against the
Polish Michal Lukacik (2-4-1).
The fight has been stopped after only 50 seconds of action.
The Montrealer cruiserweight (190 pounds) Alexandre Roberge
made successful pro debut, winning by majority decision of
the judges in four rounds against Tom Vautour, a fighter
from New Brunswick.
Vautour was the aggressor in the first round, but Roberge
fought energetically in the following rounds.
A judge scored the bout 38-37 for Vautour, but the two
others judges gave cards of 38-37 for the Montrealer.
Wilfred Seyi, a light heavyweight (175 pounds) from Cameroon
living in Montréal since two years, stayed undefeated in pro
boxing (7-0-0) with a victory by unanimous decision in six
rounds over the Mexican Jair Sena (8-4-2).
Seyi floored his rival in the last seconds of the first
round, and he gave him a very hard time in the following
The judges scored the bout 60-52, 60-53 and 60-53 for the
The Montrealer super lightweight (140 pounds) Dwayne Durel
increased his pro record to 7-3-0 with a win by unanimous
decision in four rounds over the Montrealer Abed El-Safadi
Durel sent his opponent on the floor in the third round with
a solid power shot on the chin.
Durel dominated clearly three of the four rounds of the
The Montrealer welterweight (147 pounds) Hamza Khabbaz
improved his pro record to 2-0-0 with a win by KO in the
first round over the Mexican Roberto Gonzalez Robledo
Khabbaz provoked three knockdowns in the first round,
winning automatically the fight by KO.
He scored his second win with only 2.53 minutes of action.
In the opening bout of the evening, the Montrealer super
middleweight (168 pounds), Kevin Meloche scored his fourth
win in pro boxing (4-0-0), in beating Roody Rene (1-7-1),
from Ottawa, by TKO in the last and fourth round.
loche connected power shots in every rounds, but René
resisted until the last round.
In the fourth round, Meloche floored his opponent with a
solid left hook on the jaw, and the referee stopped the