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Lafrenière & Cotroni Confident To Win Rematch

By Daniel Cloutier

MONTRÉAL — The Montrealers Francis Lafrenière and Francesco Cotroni will get his rematch Friday evening at the Pierre-Charbonneau Centre in Montréal, in the main event of a boxing show organized by the promoter Yvon Michel, from the GYM Group. In 2012, in a four rounder, Cotroni beat Lafrenière by unanimous decision.

“When I fought Cotroni in 2012, I was not prepared for this challenge,” said Lafrenière Thursday afternoon a the weigh in held at the Leonardo Da Vinci Centre in Montréal. “When this fight happened, I got only two weeks of training, because I got an injury to my right hand. This time, I am in perfect health and I got a perfect preparation. This time, you will see the real Francis Lafrenière in action, I am sure the fight will be intense, but I am positive I gonna win it, and I gonna win it clearly.”

In the past, Lafrenière was trained by the Montrealers Howard and Otis Grant at the Monster GYM in Dorval, but now, his trainer is Stephane Larouche. “Francis got a great training camp,” said Larouche. “He sparred with fighters of high caliber, then, he is ready for a war. Cotroni is an agressive fighter, but no doubt in my mind, Francis is better than him technically, offensively and defensively.”

Cotroni, obviously, is more than confident to beat Lafrenière for a second time. “Trust me, I respect my opponent, but I know I have the weapons to win again,” said Cotroni. “I gonna win the strategies’ battle. It’s crucial for me to win it, because I want to progress in the international ratings and get eventually rival ranked in the world.”

The winner of this rematch will be proclaimed Canadian middleweight (160 pounds) champion.
At the weigh in, Lafrenière (19-7-2) posted an official weight of 159.4 pounds, versus 159.6 for Cotroni (12-11-0).

Before the main event, the heavyweight Hugo Girard, who will dispute a first pro bout, will face Patrick Côté (1-0-0).Girard, a fighter of more than 300 pounds of muscles, won in 2012 a world championship for the strongest men on the planet.

The boxers involved in the preliminaries bouts will be: the Montrealer middleweight Jan Michael Poulin (6-1-2), the heavyweight Adam Dyczca, a fighter from Granby, Québec, who is making his pro boxing debut, the Montrealer cruiserweight Tom Vautour (5-2-0), the Montrealer light heavyweight Wilfred Seyi (6-0-0), the Montrealer super lightweight Abed El-Safadi (2-0-0), the Montrealer welterweight Hamza Khabbaz (1-0-0) and the Montrealer super welterweight Kevin Minoche (3-0-0).

Poulin will fight Danyk Croteau (5-2-0), from Gatineau, Québec (beside Ottawa), Dyczka will meet the Slovak Michal Lukacik (2-2-1), Vautour will be opposed to the Montrealer Alexandre Roberge, who is making his pro boxing debut, Seyi will face the Mexican Jair Sena (8-3-2), El-Safadi will fight the Montrealer Dwayne Durel (6-3-0), Khabbaz will meet the Mexican Roberto Gonzalez Robledo (3-1-0), and finally, Minoche will be opposed to Roody Rene (1-5-1), from Ottawa, Ontario.

At the weight in, Girard posted an official weight of 327 pounds, Côté 228, Poulin 159.4, Croteau 163.8, Dyczka 267.2, Lukacik 256.6, Vautour 199.8, Roberge 200, Seyi 173.2, Sena 173.8, El-Safadi 142.6, Durel 142.4, Khabbaz 145.4, Robledo 145.6, Meloche 161 and finally, Rene 161.4 pounds.


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