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  Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Lafrenière Won By TKO To Become
Middleweight Canadian Champion

By Daniel Cloutier

MONTRÉAL - The Montrealer Francis Lafrenière promised to his fans to become middleweight Canadian champion, and he did it. Friday evening in the ring of the Pierre-Charbonneau Centre in Montréal (beside the Olympic stadium), Lafrenière (20-7-2) beat the Montrealer Francesco Cotroni (12-12-0) by TKO in the fifth round.

Lafrenière took his revenge in this fight. In 2012 in a four rounders, Cotroni beat Lafrenière by unanimous decision. Lafrenière never forgot that sad moment and he promised to his fans to take his revenge.

In the first round, Cotroni attacked intensively. but in the second round, Lafrenière connected the best shots.

The third and fourth rounds were close; each fighter got his good moments offensively.

Lafrenière provoked a knockdown in the fifth round with a solid body shot, he maintained his attacks, and the referee intervened to declare Cotroni TKO.

“I was persuaded to win this Canadian championship, and I was right,” said Lafrenière after the bout. “I was the aggressor in the third, fourth and fifth round, and you saw the result. In the fifth round, it was clear that Cotroni was suffering a lot. The referee did the right thing in stopping the fight.”

The Lafrenière’s trainer, Stéphane Larouche, said: “Cotroni was aggressive at the beginning of the fight, but more the bout was progressing, more than Francis was productive, more he was dominating the action. It was logical for the referee to stop the fight in the fifth round.”

The Montrealer middleweight (160 pounds) Jean Michael Poulin obtained his seventh win in pro boxing (7-1-3) in beating Danyk Croteau (5-3-0), from Gatineau, Québec (beside Ottawa) by unanimous decision in six rounds.

The fight was intense and close, but two juges scored the fight 59-56, the other one got a card of 59-55, all for the Montrealer.

Adam Dyczka, a boxer from Granby, Québec, made his pro debut on a good note. He won by KO in the first round against the Polish Michal Lukacik (2-4-1).

The fight has been stopped after only 50 seconds of action.

The Montrealer cruiserweight (190 pounds) Alexandre Roberge made successful pro debut, winning by majority decision of the judges in four rounds against Tom Vautour, a fighter from New Brunswick.

Vautour was the aggressor in the first round, but Roberge fought energetically in the following rounds.

A judge scored the bout 38-37 for Vautour, but the two others judges gave cards of 38-37 for the Montrealer.

Wilfred Seyi, a light heavyweight (175 pounds) from Cameroon living in Montréal since two years, stayed undefeated in pro boxing (7-0-0) with a victory by unanimous decision in six rounds over the Mexican Jair Sena (8-4-2).

Seyi floored his rival in the last seconds of the first round, and he gave him a very hard time in the following rounds.

The judges scored the bout 60-52, 60-53 and 60-53 for the Montrealer African.

The Montrealer super lightweight (140 pounds) Dwayne Durel increased his pro record to 7-3-0 with a win by unanimous decision in four rounds over the Montrealer Abed El-Safadi (2-1-0).

Durel sent his opponent on the floor in the third round with a solid power shot on the chin.

Durel dominated clearly three of the four rounds of the fight.

The Montrealer welterweight (147 pounds) Hamza Khabbaz improved his pro record to 2-0-0 with a win by KO in the first round over the Mexican Roberto Gonzalez Robledo (1-2-1).

Khabbaz provoked three knockdowns in the first round, winning automatically the fight by KO.

He scored his second win with only 2.53 minutes of action.

In the opening bout of the evening, the Montrealer super middleweight (168 pounds), Kevin Meloche scored his fourth win in pro boxing (4-0-0), in beating Roody Rene (1-7-1), from Ottawa, by TKO in the last and fourth round.

loche connected power shots in every rounds, but René resisted until the last round.

In the fourth round, Meloche floored his opponent with a solid left hook on the jaw, and the referee stopped the bout.


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