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Makhmudov Stops Rice In The Seventh Round

By Daniel Cloutier

The Montrealer Russian heavyweight Arslanbek Makhmudov promised to keep his perfect record, and he was perfectly right. Friday evening in the ring of the Cabaret of the Montréal Casino, Makhmudov won the WBC Inter-Continental heavyweight championship in beating the Californian Jonathan Rice (10-4-1) by TKO.

Makhmudov was the aggressor from the beginning to the end of the fight, but it was not an easy bout for him, because Rice was moving constantly from right to left in the ring.

In the first five rounds, Makhmudov connected the best power punches. On his side, Rice was just jabbing, two or three times per round.

In the sixth round, Makhmudov provoked a knockdown with a great power shot on the chin, in a corner.

In the seventh round, Makhmudov maintained his intense attacks, he put Rice in trouble, and the referee, Mike Griffin, intervened to declare Rice TKO.

“I was the aggressor in each round, but it was not easy to fight a runner like Rice,” said Makhmudov after the fight. “It’s a major step in my career. I want to keep my perfect record to increase my chances to be ranked in Top 10 in the world. Fort sure, I deserved plenty this win. Rice was avoiding confrontations with me, like you saw it.”

For Makhmudov, a fighter of 6’6’’ and 260 pounds, it’s was his eight win (8-0-0), all scored by KO or TKO.

Just before the main event, the Montrealer super lightweight Mathieu Germain, the IBF international 140 pounds champion, improved his pro record to 17-0-1 with a win by unanimous decision in 10 rounds over the Mexican Jose Eduardo Lopez Rodriguez (29-7-2).

The fight was intense in most of the rounds.

However, Germain was faster than his opponent, and more accurate.

The three judges got the same scores, 100-90 for the Montrealer.

The Montrealer Russian super lightweight Batyr Juikembayev stayed undefeated in 16 pro bouts (16-0-0) and his job was pretty easy.

Jukembayev provoked a knockdown in the first round, and the referee stopped the bout, declaring the Mexican Luis Jesus Vidales TKO.

Jukembayev signed his 16th win after only three minutes of action in the bout.

For Vidales, it was a seventh defeat (13-7-0).

The middleweight Clovis Drolet;et, from Québec City, improved his pro record to 10-0-0 in beating the Mexican Michi Munoz (27-10-1) by KO in the sixth round.

Drolet attacked furiously from the beginning to the end of the bout.

Drolet send his opponent on the floor in the fourth round with a solid power shot on the jaw.

In the sixth round, Drolet scored a KO with a great power punch on the chin,Munoz has been unable to get back on his legs before the count of 10.

The super welterweight Raphael Courchesne, from Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec, increased his pro record to 6-0-0 with a victory by TKO over Nestor Faccio (17-11-2), from Salto, Uruguay.

Courchesne attacked energetically in the second round, and the referee intervened to declare Faccio TKO.

Faccio looked seriously in trouble when Courchesne connected him with several power shots in this second round.

The super middleweight Lexon Mathieu, from Québec City, did not work very hard to score his third win in pro boxing (3-0-0). He beat the Argentinian Hernan Perez (5-3-0) by TKO in the first round.

Mathieu connected power shots in the first minute of the bout, and he sent twice his rival on the canvas.

For the referee, it was enough. The fight has been stopped after only 1.44 minute of action.

The Montrealer Russian light heavyweight Arutyun Avetisyan stayed undefeated in 13 pro bouts (13-0-0) with a win by KO in the fifth round over the Argentinian Cesar Hernan Reynoso (15-13-4).

In the sixth round, Avetisyan provoked a knockdown with a solid hook to the body, and the referee intervened to stop the bout.

It was clear that Reynoso was suffering a lot after his visit on the canvas.

In tne opening bout of the evening, the Russian middleweight Andrei Efremenko made successful pro debut in beating the Mexican Victor Herrera (5-2-2) bu unanimous decision in four rounds.

Herrera provoked a knockdown in the second round with a solid hook on the chin, but the Russian dominated the action in the three others rounds.

Efremenko connected more power shots than his opponent in three of the four rounds.

The judges scored the bout 39-36, 39-36 and 39-237 for the Russian.

In the only female bout of the evening, the Montrealer flyweight Kim Clavel improved her pro record to 8-0-0 with a win by unanimous decision in eight rounds over the Argentinian Tamara Elizabeth Demarco (8-2-0).


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