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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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)
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