Boxing Result

Bute destroys Zuniga!

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Photos: Tom Casino/Showtime

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This time there would be no controversy. IBF 168-pound world champion and hometown favorite Lucian Bute (24-0 19KO) laid a quick and efficient beatdown of Fulgencio Zuniga (22-4-1 19KO) handing the Columbian the quickest defeat of his eight year career with a TKO victory at 2:25 of the fourth round on Friday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. If the Romanian southpaw was looking for a measure of redemption from the controversial ending in his last fight, he got it and more. Bute dropped the three-time title challenger with a left uppercut to the body early in the round, Zuniga managed to beat the count but the IBF champion was relentless in his pursuit, giving New Jersey referee Lindsey Page no choice but to pull the plug as the champion jumped on the opportunity. Time was 2:25.
Jo Jo Dan moved his record to a perfect 24-0 (13KO) in a 40-36 (X3) over Cesar Soriano (19-23 13KO) of Mexico City. It was admittedly a stay-busy fight for the #5 (WBC) ranked super-lightweight who should see the division open up for him once the Timothy Bradley-Kendall Holt unification and Hatton-Pacquiao bouts take place. This one though was pretty much a clench fest for the duration of the four rounds.
A dominant performance for former Olympian Benoit Gaudet (20-1 7KO), winning every round on his way to a 80-72, 80-72, 80-71 decision over Genara Trazancos of Mexico City. The #4 ranked WBA featherweight (#10 WBC), amped up the pressure as this one went on, starting to put his punches together in the fourth and breaking his opponent in two with a right to the mid-section a round later. Trazancos touched down a glove but it was ruled a slip. Despite the virtual knockdown and a sustained body attack by Gaudet, it was the only round that the Mexican showed anything, landing a pair of right hands that the hometown fighter hanging on briefly. A simultaneous low blow and clash of heads in 7th had both fighters limping away and holding their anatomy, both being warned for their infractions. Trazancos was in survival mode down the stretch and Gaudet could do little more than land one at a time and let this one go to the scorecards.
Renan St-Juste (20-1-1 13KO) delivered a lethal left hand and scored a TKO victory at 2:27 of the 8th round over Roberto Reuque (30-3 19KO), retaining his WBC Continental Americas middleweight title and adding the vacant NABA crown in the process. Reuque who hails from Argentina despite battling for a North American crown, walked straight into the left that the powerful southpaw delivered from his own corner and although he managed to get up at the count of eight, but had little idea where he was as referee Gerry Bolen called a halt to the proceedings. St-Juste who is ranked top-ten by both the WBC and WBA dominated throughout, landing hard powerful blows and taking down his opponent down to end the fifth round.
Bantamweight Sebastien Gauthier (16-1 11KO) pounded out a unanimous 60-54, 60-54, 60-54 decision over a reluctant Jorge Andres Cardenas (11-7-4 7KO). Gauthier had a hard time getting off on his Mexican opponent who seemed unwilling to engage for a good portion of the fight. Gauthier was forced to fight inside for much of this one, doing his best to avoid the head of Cardenas that proved to be his best weapon on the night.
Fightnews Canada prospect of the year Pier Olivier Cote (5-0 3KO) wasted no time taking less than a minute to dispatch Jesus Antonio Guitierrez (5-3-1 2 KO) of Mexico in a battle of featherweights. The fight lasted just :58 seconds, and Gutierrez spent a lot more time than that on the canvas before being helped to his feet.
Heavyweight Eric Martel (2-0 1KO) made easy work and scored his first knockout over debuting Igor Konnov, a native of Belarus now living in Montreal. After going toe-to-toe for the twenty seconds, Konnov was done in by a jab and went down hard to the canvas. After several failed attempts to get up, this one was in the books at 1:10 of the first round.
The torch has been passed down as far as Quebec female boxing goes with Natalie Forget making her pro debut with Danielle Bouchard in her corner. Forget, a silver medalist at the 2008 world championships in Turkey scored a 40-36 victory on all three scorecards over Wendy Roy of British Columbia. Bouchard now 41 has been basically the only woman of Quebec boxing and most recently fought for a world championship last July in Argentina. Forget, 34 years old, the same as her mentor Bouchard when she made her debut, peppered Roy throughout the contest, dominating the action. Not everything landed for Forget, but a solid left hook and good ring movement secured the victory over Roy who still remains winless in six fights.

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