Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Jukembayev Stops Lara In The Second Round
By Daniel Cloutier
MONTRÉAL — Batyr Jukembayev, a super lightweight (140
pounds) from Kazakstan living in Montréal since the
beginning of his pro boxing career, stayed undefeated
Saturday evening in the ring of the Montréal Casino Cabaret,
with a win by TKO over the Mexican Ricardo Lara (22-8-0).
Ranked eighth contender by the IBF in the super lightweight
division, Jukembayev (18-0-0), who is WBA and IBF
Continental Americas champion, said that it was crucial for
him to stay undefeated to maintain his progression in the
international boxing ratings.
Jukembayev gave a tough boxing lesson to Lara. He tortured
him in the first round and he provoked two knockdowns in the
second round. After the second knockdown, the referee
intervened to declare Lara TKO. The Mexican was really hurt.
“Yes, I mentioned that it was extremely important for me to
stay undefeated, and I achieved it,” said Juklembayev after
the bout. “Like you saw it, I chased my rival from the
beginning to the end of the fight in punching him. I know
that I was hurting him with my power shots. I really believe
I will improve my position in the international boxing
ratings before the end of the year.”
Just before the main event, the super welterweight (154
pounds) Clovis Droiet, from Québec City, suffered of his
first lost in pro boxing (11-1-0).
He lost by split decision against the Egyptian MPonda
Kalunda (8-2-0), living in Toronto. Two judges scored the
bout 76-74 for Kalunga, the other judge got a card of 76-74
Drolet connected the best power punches of the first two
rounds. However, in the third round, Kalunga provoked the
first knockdown of the fight with a powerful right hand on
the jaw. In the fourth round, Kalunga floored again his
opponent with a solid left hook on the chin, but Drolet came
back and replied with few good power shots. In the fifth
round, Drolet attacked intensively and he connected several
power shots. The sixth and seventh rounds were intense and
close, each fighter having his productive moments. In the
eight and last round, Drolet was the aggressor and he
connected more power shots than his opponent.
The cruiserweight (190 pounds) Artur Ziiyatdinov, a
Montrealer Russian, kept his perfect pro record (12-0-0) in
beating the Argentinian Cesar Hernan Reynoso (16-14-4) by
Ziyatdinov was clearly better than his opponent technically.
In the third round, Ziyatdinov attacked furiously and he
provoked two knockdowns in a span of a minute.
In the fifth round, Ziyatdinov sent his rival on the floor
for the third time, and the referee intervened to declare
The middleweight (160 pounds) Vincent Thibault, from Québec
City, stayed undefeated in 10 pro bouts (10-0-0) with a win
by TKO over the Mexican Genaro Ortiz (10-8-2).
Thibault sent twice his opponent on the canvas in the first
round, with left hooks to the head.
In the second round, Thibault provoked a third knockdown,
and at that moment, the referee intervened to declare Ortiz
TKO after only 50 seconds of action in this round.
Jordan Balmir, a super welterweight (154 pounds) from
Drummondville, Québec, improved his pro record to 11-1-0,
with a win by unanimous decision in six rounds over the
Mexican Omar Andrade (6-7-3).
Balmir was the aggressor in each round, but Andrade was good
The judges scored the fight 60-54, 60-54 and 59-55, all in
favor of Balmir.
The super featherweight (130 pounds) Thomas Chabot, from
Thetford Mines, Québec, make his pro debut on a spectacular
note. He beat the Polish Robert Niedzwiedzki (0-2-1) by KO
in the first round.
Chabot, who was very aggressive, provoked three knockdowns
in the first round, forcing the referee to stop the fight
and declare a win by KO.
In the only female bout of this boxing show, the Montrealer
featherweight (126 pounds) Martine Vallières-Bisson obtained
her second victory (2-0-0) in pro boxing, in beating the
Mexican Adillene Martinez-Herrera (1-1-0) by unanimous
decision in four rounds.
Vallières-Bisson provoked a knockdown in the second round
and she dominated clearly three of the four rounds of the
fight. The three judges scored the bout 40-35.
In the opening bout of the evening, the heavyweight Adam
Dyczka, from Granby, Québec, scored his second win (2-0-0)
in pro boxing, in beating the Mexican Jose Manuel Parades
(3-5-3) by unanimous decision in four rounds.
The first two rounds were intense, each fighter got his good
However, in the third and fourth rounds, Dyczka attacked
furiously and he dominated easily the two final rounds.
The judges scored the bout 40-36, 40-36 and 39-37 for Dyczka.