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Superman Tamed The Black Lion & More

By Jeff Emond Jeffrey

In a ten round super middleweight attraction, the co-main event of the evening featured southpaw Adonis ‘’Superman’’ Stevenson (13-1-0, 10 KO’s) of Longueil, Quebec facing the Derek ’’The Black Lion’’ Edwards (25-1-0, 13 KO’s) of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. This championship fight was for Edwards NABA title.

From 2006 to 2008, Stevenson impressed boxing fans by dispatching 9 of his 12 opponents with brutal victories by knockout, demolishing 2005 NBC Contender contestant, Anthony Bonsante in one round along the way. However, on April 2010, Stevenson’s career suffered a serious setback when he lost to journeyman Darnell Boone by technical knockout in early in the second round.

This is in the past. On Friday night’s fight, Stevenson knew he had to prove himself again as a force to be reckon with in the super middleweight division as he faced his strongest opposition, The Black Lion. Edwards was indeed a huge step up for Superman. With 25 victories and quick hand speed, Edwards also holds a victory over former WBA Light Middleweight champion, Carl Daniels.

After a back and forth first round of the fight, Edwards showed his faster hands but Stevenson made him feel his power. In the second round, Superman scored two consecutive knockdown by straight left hands blows. During the third round, Stevenson followed on Edwards’s demolition by connecting a final powerful straight left which destroyed the champion.

Adonis ’’Superman’’ Stevenson won the NABA super middleweight title and his back on the right track with a victory by knockout at 1:48 seconds of the third round. He improves his record to 14 victories, 11 knockouts and only one defeat.

Arash Usmanee Versus Aldo "El Pato" Valtierra

In an 8 round fight in the lightweight division, undefeated Arash Usmanee
(11-0-0, 6 KO) of Red Deer, Alberta, Canada now making his home in Montreal, Quebec did battle with Aldo Valtierra (25-13-0, 13 KO) from Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico.

Entering this fight, Usamee was ranked number 13 by the WBA and has the NABA super featherweight champion. Adding to these facts, Usmanee is also a 5 time Canadian national champion with an impressive amateur record of 130 victories and only 20 defeats.

During the early part of the fight, Usamee spent most of the time pursuing the hesitant Valtierra who refused to get in any exchanges. In the fourth round, Valtierra had good moments as he landed quick combinations braking Usmanee’s defence. At this moment, it seemed Usmanee had no answers to the right hands of El Pato.

In the fifth round, Usmanee jabs started to find the mark more and more frequently. This adjustment permitted the Red Deer fighter to hit Valtierra some straight right hands. A dirty fight broke out as both fighters had been warned from hitting behind the head from referee Jean-Guy Brousseau.

In round six, Valtierra offensive paid off, landing two hard right hooks over Usmanee low left hand. But the Mexican continue to hit behind the head of Usmanee when they were clinching, so the referee took a point away from Valtierra.

Angry and determined, Usmanee fought harder in the last two rounds landing precise and powerful right and left hooks on his target. With a score of 80-71 and 79-72 twice on the judes’ scorecards, Arash Usmaneee earned a hard fought decision improving his record to 12 victories and no defeat. Usmanee’s next fight will be against Alejandro Barrera (21-6, 14 KO) in front of his hometown of Red Deer may 14.

Tyler Asselstine Impress Again

In the featherweight division, undefeated prospect Tyler Asselstine (4-0, 3 KO) of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada knocked out Mohamed Nouari (7-12-1, 1 KO) from Talence, Gironde, France at 2:33 seconds of round number 2.

In a very entertaining fight Asselstine a southpaw and 2 time Canadian amateur champion used speed and power to dispatch Nouari. The Canadian fighter took down Nouari with 3 brutal left hooks in the first round.

The end came when Asselstine gave no chances to Nouari taking him out for good as the Frenchmen fighter could no longer protect himself from a barrage of punches. Tyler Asselstine continues to impress and improves his record to 5 victories and no defeat.

Ahmad Cheikho Versus Attila Molnar

In the Light Middleweight division, Ahmad Cheikho (5-2-2, 2 KO’s) from Lebanon but now fighti ng from Montreal faces a much more experiences Attila Molnar (20-18-6, 12 KO’s ) of Szekesfehervar, Hungary.

It was indeed a huge step up bout for Cheikho. Trained by Howard Grant, the Lebanon native proved that he was ready for the test. Fighting from an orthodox stance, Cheikho started the fight as a southpaw to confuse his opponent. He quickly brought Molnar to the ropes and hurt him there with a strong left hook to the head.

Cheikho did not slow down in the second round as he dropped Molnar by two lighting quick left hooks. Having trouble defending himself from Cheikho relentless assaults, referee Marlon B. Wright saw enough and save Molnar from further punishment at 3:00 of round number 2. With this stoppage, Ahmad Cheikho has now for straight victories by knockouts.

6 Times Canadian Heavyweight Champion Didier Bence Make His Pro-Debut

Trained by Marc Ramsay, the newest acquisition of GYM, Montreal’s own Didier Bence made his professional debut against Leonard Coller (1-6-0 KO) of Orlando, Florida, USA. This one is in the heavyweight division. Bence is the most decorated amateur heavyweight since Lennox Lewis.

On this night, boxing fans expected a good performance from Bence and they weren’t disappointed. Bence didn’t waste any time in knocking down Coller with a devastating left hook midway through round one. Coller showed he had heart by getting up but was still shaken by Bence’s fury. Referee Steve St-Germain stopped the action at 1:43 seconds of the first round. Didier Bence earned his first pro victory and will fight again in the Bell center on the Jean Pascal – Bernard Hopkins II on May 21.

Kaboom on Leal

In the heavyweight division, Oscar ’’Kaboom’ Rivas (4-0, 1 KO) a native of Valle del Cauca, Columbia now fighting from Montreal, Quebec faced Wilfrido Leal (7-4-2, 6 KO) of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico.

True to his nickname Kaboom, The Montreal fighter gave the fans a very exciting fight. Leal entered the fight with a little bit of extra weight, but many would be wrong to judge a book by its cover. Six of the seven wins of the tough Mexican are by knockout.

In the first part of this six rounds bout, both fighters were trading vicious blows in the center of the ring. Rivas was able to hurt Leal on the body to make his adversary hands drop down. Not so long after, Rivas began to sustain many vicious shots to the head of Leal.

On this night, nobody could question Leal’s courage as he came back in the fight with hard left hooks on Rivas. In the opening second of the sixth round, Rivas knockdown leal from a brutal right hand to the side of the head. The Mexican, surprisingly got up for a moment but Rivas didn’t waste time finishing him with a hard right uppercut, broking the nose of Leal in the process. The end came at 1:13 seconds by knockout of round number six. Oscar Rivas remain undefeated with a perfect record of 5 victories.

Alvarez Storms Zamora

In the Light Heavyweight division, Elieder ‘’Storm’’ Alvarez (3-0, 2 KO’s) a native of Apartado, Columbia, now fighting from Montreal against Ernesto ‘’Junior’’ Zamora (18-21-1, 12 KO’s). This was a true test for Alvarez’s young career as he faced a veteran who possesses 37 more pro fights than Alvarez.

Even with his experiences, Zamora has not been able to build any offensives actions. The Storm dominated the fight from the opening bell and took down Zamora in the third round with a left, right, left hook on the jaw. Shortly after, Alvarez scored his second knockdown by catching Zamora with a stiff straight right hand. Not too far off, The Storm put down his opponent with another powerful right, triggering the 3 knockdowns rule as referee Claude St-Germain called a halt to the bout at 1:38 seconds of the third round.


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