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Germain & Claggett Ends In Draw

By Daniel Cloutier

MONTRÉAL - The Montrealer super lightweight Mathieu Germain, who really wants to see his name appears in the Top 15 of the IBF ratings in the weeks to come, could be forced to wait before he sees his objective realized.

Saturday evening in the ring of the Montréal Casino Cabaret, this IBF 140 pounds North American championship opposing Germain to Steve Claggett, from Calgary, Alberta, finished by a draw.
Germain, who was proceeding to the second defense of his title is still IBF North American champion in the circumstances.

At the end of this intense, violent and close fight, a judge scored the bout 96-94 for Germain (16-0-1), another one 96-94 for Claggett (27-5-2) and the third one got a card of 95-95. It was a 10 rounder.

“I am extremely disappointed by this result,” said Germain in getting out of the ring. “I really believe I was deserving the win. I am positive I dominated more rounds than my rival. My punches were more accurate than most of his shots. I guess that a rematch is logical in the circumstances.”

Claggett also believes that this verdict is a deception for him. “No doubt in my mind, I should be the winner of this fight,” said Claggett right after the bout. “I was more aggressive than him in most of the rounds. If this fight was a 12 rounder, I am sure I would win by KO or TKO. I was more energetic than him at the end of the fight. I really hope that a rematch between us will be organized by The Eye Of The Tiger Management Group. I am ready to come back in Montréal to dispute this rematch. I really like to fight in Montréal.”

Several boxing fans in Montréal are considering Claggett like a... trouble maker. Last year, Claggett surprised the Montrealer Yves Ulysse Jr, (17-1-0) in Montréal, beating him by split decision. Claggett became the first one to prevent Ulysse and Germain to score a win.

Makhmudov Expeditive

The Montrealer Russian Arslanbek Makhmudov, a fighter of 6.6 feet, 250 pounds, that several boxing writers see as an eventual world champion, obtained his sixth win in pro boxing (6-0-0), beating Jason Bergman (27-16-2), from Alabama State, by TKO in the first round.

Makhmudov, who provoked two knockdowns, hurt seriously his opponent with is power shots.

Makhmudov won the fight with only 97 seconds of action.

Makhmudov has the ambition to fight soon heavyweights ranked in the world.

The super middleweight Sadriddin Akhmedov, a fighter from Kazakstan who is living in Montréal since a year, stayed undefeated in seven pro bouts (7-0-0) with a victory by TKO in the fourth round over the Mexican Abraham Juarez (13-2-0). Akhmedov sent twice his opponent on the floor in the fourth round, forcing the referee to declare Juarez TKO. Akhmedov is an excellent fighter technically and he his punching solidly. He won all his pro bouts by KO or TKO.

Considering as a very promising fighter, Akhmedov, a boxer of 20 years old, just scored the most significant win of his pro boxing career. It was a Junior 168 pounds World championship.

The middleweight Vincent Thibault, from Québec City, kept his perfect record (8-0-0) in beating the Mexican Juan Sergio Torres Perez (5-7-0) by unanimous decision in six rounds.

Thibault, who controlled the action in every round, provoked a knockdown in the third round. The three judges scored the fight 60-53, showing the clear domination by Thibault.

Thibault has a good chance to dispute a North American championship bout later this year or next year.

The super welterweight Raphael Courchesne, from Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec, improved his pro record to 5-0-0 with a victory by unanimous decision in six rounds over the Mexican Alejandro Chavez Meneses (9-4-0).

Courchesne has been victim of a knockdown in the first round, but he came back with intense attacks and he finally won the fight.

Courchesne dominated clearly five of the six rounds of the bout.

The fight between the super featherweight François Pratte (8-0-1), from Trois-Rivières, Québec, and the Mexican Sergio Silva (6-2-1), finished by a draw. The referee stopped the bout in the first round, when the two fighters has been injured by an accidental head butt.

The light heavyweight Lexson Mathieu, from Québec City, made spectacular pro debut. He won by TKO in the first round against the Mexican Edgar Santoyo (2-2-2). Mathieu is considering as one of the best prospects of the Canadian pro boxing.

In the opening bout of the evening, the super featherweight Kaemy Cloutier, also from Trois-Rivières, scored his second win in pro boxing (2-0-0) in beating the Mexican Saul Alejandro Meza (4-4-0) by unanimous decision in four rounds. Cloutier hopes to be involved in a Canadian championship before the end of the year.

In the only female bout of the event, the Montrealer flyweight Kim Clavel stayed undefeated (6-0-0) in pro boxing, with a win by TKO in the fourth round over the Mexican Luz Elena Martinez (5–2-0). Clavel attacked energetically in each round, and in the fourth round, the referee intervened to declare Martinez TKO.


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