By Dave Spencer at ringside
Welterweight Kevin Bizier (20-0 14KO) pounded out a cautious yet sustained attack over Nate Campbell (36-10-1 26KO) finally forcing the former undisputed lightweight champion to throw in the towel at the end of the 8th round as the headline event at the Ball Centre in Montreal and broadcast on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. Bizier was able to score to the body while keeping Campbell who took the fight on short notice on the ropes for most of the night. Bizier retains the NABA welterweight title and captures the IBF Intercontinental belt to go along with it. After the fight, Campbell said he’s going back to 140lbs in the future.
In a clash of undefeated Canadian lightweights, late sub Baha Laham (11-0-1, 4 KOs) won a razor-then majority decision over Tyler Asselstine (12-1, 7 KOs). Scores were 95-95, 96-94, 96-95 for the local fighter. Asselstine was originally to have met Joel Diaz who pulled out with an injury late last week.
Lightweight Michael Gadbois (9-0 3KO) fought a gutsy fight and managed to remain undefeated with a 56-56, 57-55 57-53 majority decision over Krysztof Rogowski (5-1) of Poland.
Didier Bence walked away with a narrow 58-56 (x3) over a very game Joey Dawejko (7-2-2 3KO) who definitely had his moments in a very close and competitive fight that saw the the visiting fighter from Pennsylvania remaining competitive throughout. Dawejko showed surprisingly quick hands and was able to score nicely to the body in the first round. Bence seemed out of sorts for much of the fight and his punches didn’t seem to have too much effect but his Pennsylvania opponent was guilty of not following up with anything when he did land. A draw may have been more of a just result.
In what was a last minute addition to the card, Steve Harvey (3-1) escaped with a split decision victory over Stephane Tessier (3-30-2) with a 39-37, 37-39 39-37 scorecard. Usually a cruiserweight, Harvey entered the ring at 221.6 pounds in a bout made at 11pm Thursday night. Harvey was the busier of the two but Tessier who seemed unfazed by the attack seemed to do more damage with his limited attack where he landed telling blows each and every round. Harvey who broke his jaw in his last fight was bleeding from above the left eye to end things had fans booing the final decision.
Super-middleweight Steve Rolls (3-0 1KO) had little trouble cruising to a four round unanimous decision over winless Ahmad Selemani (0-8) opening action at The Bell Centre in Montreal. Rolls was very accurate and deliberate with punches that had no problem finding the target on an opponent who provided a target but not much else. Rolls finished off putting his punches together in the final round as he easily cruised to victory.