Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Ulysse Is The New NABF Super Light Champ
By Daniel Cloutier
MONTRÉAL - The Montrealer Haitian Yves Ulysse Jr. (19-2-0)
became NABF North super lightweight (140 pounds) champion
Saturday evening in the ring of the Rimouski Hotel, in
beating another Montrealer, Mathieu Germain (18-2-1), by TKO
in the seventh round.
This pro boxing show was presented by the Montrealer
promoter Camille Estephan, from The Eye Of The Tiger
Management Group. Rimouski is located at 540 kilometers East
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Ulysse dominated the first round with his reach and
The second round was close, each fighter got his good
moments offensively and defensively.
Ulysse connected more punches than his rival in the third
After a pretty close fourth round, Ulysse controlled the
action in the fifth and sixth rounds.
Ulysse provoked two knockdowns in the seventh round with
intense charges, and right after the second knockdown, the
referee Steve Saint-Germain stopped the bout and declared
“I know that I dominated the action with my reach, my speed
and my technique,” said Ulysse after the bout. “I was
perfectly concentrated on my strategy and I am very
satisfied of my performance. I will see if Steve Claggett is
interested to face me to unify the NABF and NABA titles.”
Ulysse scored the TKO after 2.46 minutes of action in the
Steve Clagggett, from Calgary, Alberta, won the vacant NABA
North American super lightweight (140 pounds) championship,
beating David Theroux (16-4-0), from Sorel, Québec, by TKO
at the end of the fifth round.
The fight was extremely intense, each fighter attacked
energetically round after round.
But Claggett (29-6-2) connected more punches than his rival
in most of the rounds, and finally, the Theroux’s corner
threw the towel at the end of this fifth round. Theroux
Claggett gave a very hard time to his opponent in this fifth
In the second bout of the evening, the super welterweight
(154 pounds) Raphael Courchesne, from Saint-Hyacinthe,
Québec, suffered of his first defeat in pro boxing (9-1-0),
losing by unanimous decision in six rounds against Josh
Wagner,m from Toronto.
Wagner (7-0-0) was very intense and effective for a boxer
who was fighting for the first time in five years.
Courchesne dominated the action the first round, but his
opponent was clearly better than him in the last five rounds
of the fight.
The three judges scored the bout 59-55 for Wagner.
In the opening bout of the evening, the heavyweight Adam
Dyczka, from Granby, Québec, a fighter of 286 pounds, won by
unanimous decision in four rounds over Jayne Byard, from
Surrey, British Colombia,
After 15 seconds in the first round, Dyczka provoked a
knockdown with a left hook on the chin.
Byard came back and fought well in the second and third
rounds, but in the last and fourth round, Dyczka dominated
clearly the action.
Dyczka improved his pro record to 3-0-0, and Byard, a
fighter of 253 pounds, has now a record of 0-2-0.