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Jean adds NABA to NABF title

By Dave Spencer at ringside

After absorbing a barrage of low blows all night long, Dierry Jean 23-0 15KO) went out and closed the show at 1:21 of the 11th round with an impressive destruction of Ivan Cano (21-5 14KO) at the Holiday Inn in west suburban Montreal Friday night. Jean retains his NABF super-lightweight belt and captures the vacant NABA title. Jean was able to walk down his Mexican opponent all night long but upped the intensity after Cano was deducted a point for a fragrant low blow to end the 7th. It was one of the few weapons that the Mexican had any success with all evening.

“He was doing it on purpose and I was so mad at him,” said Jean after the fight. “I was going to stop him, I was going to punish him for that.”

Punish him he did, after standing court in the center of the ring and watch Cano circle clockwise around for most of the night, Jean started landing with authority as the fight progressed. When he finally closed the gap over the course of what would be the final round, Cano after running a marathon all night had nowhere to go but down, cut and bloodied in the middle of the ring.

In the co-feature, lightweight Ghislain Maduma (11-0 7KO) scored an impressive TKO victory at 1:34 of the 7th round over Sergio Priotti (25-13-2 8KO). Maduma hammered away at the Argentine’s body all night and it finally paid dividends as he bounced the fighter off his corner post and back into his wheelhouse before dropping him to the canvas. Priotti got up and tried to walk it off but was still grimacing when referee Alain Villneuve called it off. “It went the way we thought it was going to,” said Maduma to FightNews afterwards. “He was a tough guy in there, he came to fight and I only had ten fights going in. I did what I had to do, took my time and went to the body and to the head. After three rounds we put pressure on him and tried to get him out of there, I was hurting him but he was a tough guy in there, he stood there and took the punches. I knew it was like chopping a tree, sooner or later he was going to fall. It wasn’t the best shot I landed all night, but I knew sooner or later it was going to catch up with him. My corner told me just keep doing the right things in there, sooner or later he was going to fall but I would have to work hard for the knockout in the fight.”

In a battle of southpaws, it was a poised Tyler Asselstine (11-0 6KO) who controlled the action before dropping Ramiro Campos (10-3-1 6KO) twice in the third round to end the fight at 2:59. Asselstine used a solid jab to keep his smaller opponent at bay and control the ring. First knockdown was was a left to the body followed up by what could have been viewed a late right hand as Campos already looked to be on the canvas. Campos was able to make it to his feet but was down moments later due to a perfectly executed double left hook to the body. The Argentine fighter made it up at eight but still looked rocky as he lay on the ropes and the fight was called.

Junior-middleweight Mian Hussain (2-0 2KO) scored his second stoppage in as many fights as the corner of opponent Arnoldo Poblete (5-3-1) stopped the bout at 1:58 of the second round. Hussain scored a knockdown that shoved over the Chilean fighter to end the first round and came out blazing to start the second, scoring some mammoth body shots along the way. With Poblete visibly hurt and retreating around the ring, his corner were quick to climb the stairs to save their fighter.

Undefeated super-featherweight Steve Wilcox (4-0 2KO) of Hamilton Ontario opened the evening by scoring a 60-54 (x3) unanimous decision win over Carlos Martinez (5-14 3KO) of Mexico.

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