By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Super middleweight Jean Pascal (22-1 15KO) dominated Pablo Nievas (22-6-1 15KO), knocking out the Argentine fighter in a match-up of the two former world title contenders at :42 seconds of the 5th round. With Pascal on the ropes and Nievas doing his best to mount a body attack, Pascal launched a massive left hook to the chin of his opponent and would follow up with another left before Nievas went crashing down to the canvas where he would stay the full ten and have to be helped to a stool afterwards. The fight was the first back for Pascal since his loss, a world title fight where he lost a decision to Carl Froch. The fight sets up the intriguing possibility of Pascal meeting up with WBC light heavyweight champion and fellow Montrealer Adrian Diaconu.
It what was a competitive fight up to that point up, super-bantamweight contender Olivier Lontchi scored a dramatic knockout of four-time world title challenger Cecilio Santos at the Casino De Montreal. Lontchi put the Mexican down on one knee with a perfect left hook into the midsection and that’s where he stayed for the count of ten and beyond, scoring the knockout victory at :39 seconds of the 7th round. “You really feel it when you connect to the body,” said Lontchi afterwards. Santos proved to be a skilled opponent who proved to be fast and did good work to the body. The NABA champ though was up to the task and starting going to the offensive in the 6th round after spending the majority of the fight on the ropes where Santos proved to be effective darting in and out. “I spar with much bigger guys in the gym and they can’t hurt me to the body,” said Lontchi who welcomed Santos who has had three of his last four fights for a world title up in weight.
Logan McGuinness (6-0) scored a second round knockdown and went onto score a 40-35 decision on all three scorecards over Cesar Figueroa (1-3). The Orangeville native worked the left hook to the body well for the duration of the bout, using it in the first round on the inside to back up his opponent and establish distance. The second round had McGuinness again relying on the hook, delivering a debilitating shot early in the round and would land twice in succession following with a right hand to score the only knockdown of the fight. Figueroa did manage to score with a couple of right hands of his own, especially when McGuinness would wade in and not throw anything. Down the stretch McGuinness would do a good job varying his attack including effective use of the uppercut.
It wasn’t always pretty but Patrice “Granite” L’Heureux (23-4-1 13KO) would earn a TKO victory at 1:12 of the 5th round over Joe Stofle (11-17-2 10KO) who was made of a material slightly more pores than granite. This one had Stofle teetering from the second round and going down in the third as L’Heureux picked his shots well. Stofle did manage a few lunging punches to keep the big Quebecer honest but L’Heureux controlled most of the action versus his Missouri opponent. L’Heureux picked up the pace in the 5th and with him landing clean a, referee Alain Villeneuve stepped in and stopped the action.
Tebor Brosch (2-3-3) promised a fast start, and delivered exactly that as he dispatched Ahmad Cheikho (2-2-2) at 1:47 of the opening round, scoring his first career knockout. Brosch jumped right on his opponent who had been away from the ring for two-and-a-half years and while not hitting hard, overwhelmed the Montreal fighter with the volume of punches. Cheikho landed a a nice left-right combination that landed clean to the head of Brosch but the Ontario went on undeterred. Brosch scored a knockdown after cornering his opponent and landing a right hand upstairs one minute in and Cheikho never fully recovered. Legless, Cheikho would go down moments later on what was ruled a slip with him trying to hold on and again would be dropped forcing referee Alain Villeneuve to stop the fight.