By Daniel Cloutier
Benoit Gaudet, the fourth most important fighter for
InterBox (after Lucian Bute, Arian Diaconu and Pier-Olivier
Côté), suffered of a terrible loss Saturday evening at the
Hershey Center in Toronto. The show was presented par the
He lost by TKO in the 11th round against Logan McGuinness,
from Toronto, in a NABA North American super featherweight
Gaudet (24-3-0), who lost by TKO against the Mexican
Humberto Soto in May 2009 in Las Vegas, in a WBC world
championship fight (the night of the fight Pacquiao-Hatton),
has a style similar to the former WBA light weight champion
of the world, the Scottish Ken Buchanan (who lost his title
to Roberto Duran in 1971 or 1972).
Benoit is a good technician with fast hands, who can move in
the ring, but he is not strong physically and his chin has
been always questionable.
In May, Benoit told me about this fight with McGuinness in
Toronto for the NABA title. He said at that time, "McGuinness
is very determined, but he his green. He has no experience,
and the fact that the fight will be a 12 rounder will be a
huge advantage for me."
For the first nine rounds, Gaudet showed he was a better
fighter than McGuiness, just as he said, but he was tired in
the 10th round, and "out of gas" in the 11th and was TKO'D
by McGuiness at the 1:56 mark
Is it the beginning of the end for him?
We shall soon find out.