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  Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Lafrenière In The Winners Circle

By Daniel Cloutier

SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, Québec, Canada - The super middleweight Francis Lafrenière, from the West Island of Montréal (Côteau-du-Lac) promised to his fans to win this fight with the Mexican Orlando Vazquez Saturday evening in the ring of the Isabelle Brasseur Arena in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, and he kept his promise. He won by majority decision of the judges. The bout was extremely intense from the beginning to the end.

Lafrenière controlled the action in the first two rounds, but Vazquez finished the third round on a very good note.

Lafrenière took back the control of the action in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds. In the ropes, Lafrenière connected at least 40 power shots to the head and the body in each of these rounds.

The eight and last round was rough and extremely close.

The judges scored the fight 79-73, 79-73 and 76-76 for the Canadian.

“I really believe I was deserving the win,” said Lafrenière in getting out of the ring. “I was the aggressor in almost every round, and I connected more punches than him. But I got to admit that Vazquez came here to fight, and he gave me a good fight. I will stay in shape, I am training very seriously, and we will see what will happen in my future in boxing.”

Right after the main event, the Montrealer super middleweight Jean-Michel Poulin (6-1-2) beat Jean-Michel Bolivar (6-3-0),another Montrealer, by KO in the fifth round.

The fight was close after four rounds, but Poulin attacked furiously in the fifth round, and he knock Bolivar out with a great hook to the body.

The Mexican middleweight Luis Enrique Montelongo (10-7-0) dominated the last four rounds of his fight (six rounds) against the Montrealer Francesco Cotroni (12-11-0), and he finally won by majority decision of the judges.

The fight was pretty violent, each fighter connected a lot of power shots. However, Montelongo touched the target more often than the Montrealer in the second half of the bout..

The judges scored the fight 59-55, 59-55 and 57-57.

The Montrealer super middleweight Manuel Garcia suffered his 16th lost in pro boxing (16-16-2), losing by TKO against the African MPonda Kalunga (5-2-0), who is living in Toronto.

In the third round, Kalunga connected several power shots in a row, he put his rival in serious trouble, and the referee intervened to declare the Montrealer TKO.

The cruiserweight Yan Pellerin, from Granby, Québec, scored his seventh win in pro boxing (7-1-0), with a victory by unanimous decision in six rounds over the Mexican Juan Santiago Colchadellerin

Pellerin was patient, and he attacked at the right moments,.Colchado was efficient in the fifth round, but it was his only good round.

The judges scored the bout 59-55, 59-55 and 58-56 for the Canadian.

The Montrealer super lightweight Louis Jourdain increased his pro record to 2-0-0, in winning by unanimous decision run four rounds.

The fight was intense from the beginning to the end, but Jourdain connected more power punches than his opponent.

The judges scored the bout 39-37, 39-37 and 40-36 for the Montrealer.

In the opening bout of the evening, the Montrealer middleweight Kevin Menoche improved his pro record to 3-0-0 in beating the Mexican Marco Antonio Cruz Gonzalez (2-2-1) by TKO.

Manoche attaked furiously in each round, and in the third round, he provoked a knockdown, and few seconds after, the referee declared Gonzalez TKO.

Gonzalez looked in serious trouble when the referee stopped the fight.


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