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TKO Wins For Lemieux, Kean & Bazinyan In Mexico

By Daniel Cloutier

MONTRÉAL - The Montrealer super middleweight (168 pounds) David Lemieux is closer than ever to a participation to a world championship bout. Ranked second contender by the WBC, third by the WBA and the WBO, Lemieux improved his pro record to 43-4-0 Friday evening at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Cuernavaca, Mexico, in beating the Peruvian David Zegarra by TKO.

In the second round, Lemieux provoked a knockdown with a solid left hook on the jaw. Lemieux sent again his rival to the canvas in the third round with a left hook to the head, and one minute after, the referee intervened to declare the Montrealer winner by TKO.

“I was really prepared for this challenge, mentally, physically and technically, and I am extremely proud of the result,” said Lemieux. “I know I made some mistakes, but overall I got a good performance. I know that this win makes me closer than ever to a participation to a world championship bout. I knew that my power could make Zegarra in trouble soon in the fight. After the first knockdown, I knew that my win was close.”

The heavyweight Simon Kean, from Trois-Rivières, Québec, improved his pro record to 20-1-0 with a victory by TKO over the NewYorker Donald Haynesworth ((16-6-1). Kean dominated the action in each round, and he stopped his opponent in the sixth round.

In this sixth round, Haynesworth indicated to the referee that it was enough for him.

“It’s a great win for me,” said Kean. “I was the aggressor in each round, I was energetic, I fought well defensively, and you saw the result. No doubt I was deserving the win. Apparently, my opponent got a serious injury to an eye, and he surrounded. Then, the referee confirmed my win by TKO”.

Ranked sixth contender by the WBO in the super middleweight, the Montrealer Erik Bazinyan kept his perfect pro record (26-0-0), with a win by TKO over the American Scott Simon. It was a NABA and NABF 168 pounds North American championships.

Bazinyan provoked a knockdown in the first round with a solid right hand on the chin.

Bazinyan maintained his intense attacks in the second round, he hurt seriously his rival and the referee intervened to declare Simon TKO.

Simon, a fighter from Virginia State, finished the fight with a pro record a 35-15-1.

“I really hope to fight the best super middleweight in the world,” said Bazinyan. “I want to stay undefeated to improve my chances to have eventually a world championship bout. I am proud of this result. I worked so hard in training, and I fought intensively like you saw it.”

Marc Ramsay, the Bazinyan’s trainer, said: “Erik was clearly better than his opponent. His intensity helped him to win in less than two rounds of action.”

In the opening bout of the evening, the Montrealer female featherweight (126 pounds) Martine Vallières Bisson stayed undefeated in pro boxing (3-0-0), beating the Mexican Maricruz Gomez (0-3-2) by TKO in the first round. Bisson attacked energetically in the first round, and her opponent got a severe cut to the left eye. The referee intervened to stop the bout and declared Bisson winner by TKO.


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