By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Knockout sensation David Lemieux (21-0 20KO) entered unchartered territories Saturday as he forced to go the distance against Jason Naugler (18-12-1 11KO), easily scoring a 100-89 victory on all three scorecards in his first headline appearance Saturday afternoon at the Casino de Montreal. Lemieux captures the vacant Canadian super-middleweight championship with the victory after dispatching his first twenty opponents in less than five rounds. Lemieux scored a knockdown in the second round, catching Naugler who has only been stopped once with a right hand and sending the Nova Scotian feet flying out from under him. Naugler proved to be a tough nut to crack as he absorbed the best that Lemieux had to offer and was able to offer back giving the Montreal fighter his toughest fight to date.
Former two-time world title challenger Hermann Ngoudjo (18-3 10KO) returned to the ring for the first time in over a year and posted a TKO victory at 1:43 of the 6th round over Silverio Ortiz of Mexico. Ortiz proved to be nothing if not tough for the duration of this one, absorbing the best the Montreal fighter had to offer then inexplicably turned his back on the action and walked to his corner after receiving a right uppercut from Ngoudjo.
“I think he just quit,” explained referee Michael Griffin who was forced to stop the action. “I just wanted to make sure he wasn’t claiming a thumb or something, but I think he just had enough. I can’t give him a timeout, so I had to call the fight.”
Ngoudjo was returning for the first time since fighting with a broken jaw for nearly the duration in an IBF championship fight last January versus Juan Urango. It was Ngoudjo’s first fight with new trainer Marc Ramsay and the fighter exhibited an aggressive and busy approach, following good rounds with better rounds. He found the target time and again with a right hand that just couldn’t miss his opponent, peppering Ortiz with uppercuts in the later rounds. It proved to be a good comeback fight for the Cameroon born fighter who used his entire toolbox over the course of the five plus rounds.
Canadian super-lightweight champion Manolis Plaitis (15-0-1 7KO) survived a slow start to post a 59-55, 58-56, 58-56 decision over rugged Mexican opponent Jhonny Navarrete (12-3-1 7KO) and remain undefeated. Plaitis was all too hittable in the early going, standing straight up and not being able to get inside. As the fight wore on though Plaitis found a home for his hooks to the body including the fifth, where the Canadian champ landed some thudding right hands in his most convincing round of the fight. Navarrete provided good opposition and forced the Montreal fighter to work hard for the victory which kept entertaining fighter undefeated.
Toronto fighter Samuel Vargas made his pro debut a successful one as the Toronto fighter stopped Todd Furler at 1:15 of the second round. The Chris Johnson trained welterweight had everything go his way for as long as it lasted sending his Alberta opponent who seemed winded at about the thirty second mark swaying down to the canvas to end the first round. With little coming back his way, Vargas was able to have his way in the second and finished things with a monster right hand to the jaw of Furler that had the fighter stumbling along the ropes and referee Gerry Bolen wisely stepping in and ending things. Furler remains winless as he drops to 0-2-1.
In an exciting local heavyweight matchup, Wayne John (3-0 1KO) outlasted longtime amateur Taffo Asongwed who was making his pro debut by scores 0f 39-37, 39-37, 40-36. Asongwed was able to make things difficult for John in the early going, using the whole ring and countering with some quick counter combinations. But the undefeated John quickly took control over a tiring Asongwed who seemed more concerned mugging to fans and watching himself on the big screen as the fight wore on, offering little over the last two rounds.
In the walkout bout, welterweight Kevin Bizier (8-0 5KO) ended things early stopping Michael Springer (7-61 3KO) with a body shot at 1:58 of the first round.