By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada
After weathering a solid body attack in the early going Ali Nestor Charles (11-5-2) scored a knockout victory at the very end of round five, capturing the WBC middleweight Latino title over Mexico’s Edgar Ruiz (22-10-1) at the Claude-Robillard Center in Montreal, Quebec. Charles changed the course of the fight in the fourth round where he landed a left uppercut that put Ruiz down to his knees for a count of eight. Ruiz was clearly tiring in the fifth and Charles looked like he was about to score his second knockdown in the dying seconds when a flurry of punches with Ruiz against the ropes and about to go down Charles accidently pushed him down to the canvas. It looked like the mishap would save the Mexican fighter but with the ten second warning sounding Charles jumped right back in and let loose with a flurry that put Ruiz down to his knees for a full count of ten.
At first glance, it looked like undefeated Arash Usmanee’s (14-0 7KO) opponent Sergio Escobar (14-11-2) was going to fold up and lay down like other Argentine opponent’s had done earlier in the evening of mixed martial arts and boxing. Escobar had the mitts up high and the track shoes on as the fight began as Usmanee was forced to go out and chase his prey. But Escobar proved to be a worthy opponent and forced Usmanee to the scorecards where he scored a convincing but not entirely easy 80-72, 80-72, 79-73 decision
Lightweight fighter Miguel Lombardo (15-11-1) spent more time on the canvas than Van Gogh Saturday night as undefeated Tony Luis (12-0 4KO) put the Argentine fighter down 5 times officially and twice non-officially on his way to a 4th round TKO victory. The official time came at 1:28 of the 4th round with Lombardo’s corner tired of seeing their fighter suffering canvas burns to his knees and throwing a towel into the centre of the ring. Luis from Cornwall Ontario scored a pair knockdowns in the first and again in the second and following up with single take down in the third. Luis couldn’t miss his wild swinging opponent, landing a potent left hook to the body and following up with a right upstairs that more often than not had the over- matched Lombardo going down to his knees. Luis peppered his opponent with combinations throughout the contest that were fast and accurate was well served by his left hook that did most of the damage on the evening. Super-lightweight Roody Pierre-Paul (3-0 3KO) survived a first round scare and came roaring back to destroy Argentine fighter Ceferino Zampatti (5-18-2 4KO) at 1:19 of the 2nd round marking his 3rd knockout in as many tries. Pierre-Paul who was coming up short on many his punches for much of the first round went toe-to-toe with his opponent to end the stanza of a scheduled six and ate a right hand that had him stumbling backwards. The setback was only temporary for the Montreal southpaw who ended the round with a solid left of his own. When the two got in close again in the second, Pierre-Paul made no mistake and took down his opponent with a lightening fast left-right combination to the head that deposited Zampatti on his back well beyond a ten count.