By Dave Baggs / Fightnews Canada
Former WBA light middleweight champion Joachim Alcine, making his first ring appearance in a little over a year, pounded out an uninspiring 10 round unanimous decision over Eric Mitchel moments ago at the Casino de Montreal, in Montreal, Quebec. Scores of the bout were 97-93 (twice) and 96-93 in favor of the ex champ from Montreal. Alcine (31-1, 19 KO’s), in his first bout under the watchful eye of new trainer Buddy McGirt, had to deal with both ring rust and an opponent who did nothing but clinch and hold at every opportunity. Unable to create any distance, Alcine was forced to participate in a clinch-filled affair that marred his return and brought boo’s and jeers as early as round 5. With the fight much closer on the scorecard, Mitchell proved in the end to be his own worst enemy with multiple warning and finally a point deductions in round 9 for excesive holding. Round 10 brought cheers from the crowd as they knew the bout was almost over. Alcine, 11 months removed from his last fight, was obviously disappointed with the lack of effort by his opponent but was all smiles when his name was announced as the victor. Mitchell, for his efforts, slips to 22-6-1.
Middleweight David Lemieux is still perfect but it wasn’t easy. Baldimir Hernandez proved tough as he took everything Lemieux had to offer and landed his own fair share before walking into a right hook that ended his night in round 5. After dropping Hernandez for an 8 count at the end of round 3, Lemieux upped the pressure in rounds 4 and 5 but found Hernandez unwilling to wilt. Towards the end of the 5th round, referee Gerry Bolen separated the two from a clinch, Hernandez walked away in a half circle then turned around to resume the action, he was meet with Lemieux’s right hook before he could bring his hands back up. Dropped hard, Hernandez was able to make it to a kneeling position at the count of 7 but indicated to the ref that he wasn’t getting up. Bolen completed the count of 10 to move Lemieux to 17-0 with 17 KOs while Hernandez slips to 18-3.
Quebec Super Middleweight champion Nicholson Poulard (13-2, 6KOs) outboxed a game but overmatched Jason Naugler over 8 rounds to take a unanimous decision victory. Poulard was able to use a combination of fancy footwork and speedly combinations to keep Naugler (18-10-1, 11KOs) both timid and under control for the duration of the contest, taking all three scorecards by scores of 78-74 (twice) and 79-73. Rounds 4 through 8 all belonged to Poulard as he hammered the tiring Naugler almost at will, only Naugler’s courage and anvil chin allowed him to hear the sound of the closing bell.
Eleider “Storm” Alvarez proved to be too much for Jesse Sanders, dropping “Iron Jaw” for the full 10 count at 2:03 of the openning round. Alvarez caught Sanders (14-7-2, 13KOs) with a straight right to the chin, which dropped Sanders hard to the canvas where he stayed until the full count was administered. Alvarez, fighting out of Montreal by way of Columbia, is a winner in his pro debut.
Quebec Lightweight champ Tony Luis (7-0, 2KOs) made quick work of Cesar Figueroa (2-5, 2 KOs), dropping the Mexican fighter 3 times over the course of 2 rounds to earn the TKO victory. Figueroa’s corner threw in the towel at 1:41 of round 2, saving their fighter further punishment.
Oscar “KaBoom” Rivas, Montreal via Columbia, made his pro debut a sucessful one, stopping 31 fight veteran Joe Stofle (11-19-2, 10KOs) at 1:33 of the 3rd round. Stofle was down in both round 2 and 3.