By Dave Spencer/Matt Casavant at ringside
Former WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (27-2-1, 16 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over former Olympian and two-time WBO world challenger Aleksy Kuziemski (23-5, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. A one-armed Pascal managed to score two knockdowns to score a 100-88, 98-90, 98-90 decision against an overmatched Kuziemski who was never a threat despite Pascal seperating his shoulder in the 4th round.
Pascal previously separated his right shoulder in 2009 in a fight against Adrian Diaconu but this time it was the left. The injury puts in danger a possible match-up with WBC Champion Chad Dawson that was scheduled for the spring.
David Lemieux scored another highlight real knockout, landing a devastating straight right in the 2nd round that sent his opponent to the canvas, the Russian Albert Ayrapetyan (20-4, 9 KOs) whose corner threw in the towel before he even had a chance to get up. Lemieux soon to be 24 years of age, moves to (28-2, 27 KOs) and has now won 3 straight fights by KO since his decision loss at the hands of Joachim Alcine a year ago. Much was made of Ayrapetyan having lasted 11 rounds versus the current middleweight champion of the world Sergio Martinez but that was 7 years ago, and Ayrapetyan did not react well to Lemieux’s punching power early, twice going down in the 1st round due to a powerful left hook. David sensing his opponent’s vulnerability pounced on Ayrapetyan at the start of the 2nd and was able to secure the stoppage at 1:26 min of the round. David Lemieux is now scheduled to headline on ESPN FNF at the Bell Centre February 8th versus 33 year old Colombian Jose Miguel Torres (26-5, 23 KOs)…
After chiseling at a chin of concrete with monster shots for eight rounds, Elieder Alvarez (11-0 7KO) finally was able to land the homerun shot that put Danny McIntosh (13-4 7KO) down and out at 2:02 of the eighth round. McIntosh absorbed a a massive attack from the opening round and Alvarez had little difficulty in finding the target, but was to take the punches well. The Colombian though stepped it up even more though in the eighth and had the English fighter down once before ending things with a mammoth right to end things early.
Super-featherweight Logan McGuinness (19-0-1 9KO) scored a 95-93, 96-92, 97-91 hard fought victory over a very game Carlos Reyes (23-2-1 15KO) who despite what seemed like a padded record, came to fight. MCGuinness who retained his NABA got off to a slow sluggish start but turned things around in the 5th round with sharp left hook to the body putting his opponent down to the canvas. The undefeated Orangeville Ontario fighter had Reyes down again in the 8th with a short left hook that landed perfectly to the chin. Reyes who had only been past seven once faded over the last two and ended the fight on the canvas, going down right after the bell rung to end the action.
Welterweight Kevin Bizier dominated veteran Doel “The Amish Guy” Carrasquillo from start to finish in winning a lopsided 8 round unanimous decision (scores were 80-68, 80-67 & 80-69) to improve his career mark to (19-0, 13KOs). The Saint-Emile native Bizier, scored 2 knockdowns in the first round mostly due to his powerful left hand to the body and scored an additional knockdown in the 5th round despite suffering from a cut above his left eye brow from an accidental headbutt early in the bout. Carrasquillo (16-23-1) loser of 5 straight, seemed more interested in playing to the crowd than exchanging punches with Bizier, as he repeatedly motioned and displayed clownish behavior to the Bell Centre faithful. Bizier not impressed, simply kept the coming forward and overwhelmed the Pennsylvania resident with volume punching. The 28 year old Bizier is now expected to co-headline an ESPN FNF gala at the Bell Centre February 8th versus John O’Donnell.
Light-heavyweight Andrew Gardiner (6-0 3KO) had a crazy twenty-four hours but when the opening bell rang, the Winnipeg fight was all business as he scored a KO victory over Attila Tibor Nagy (4-6 3KO). After weighing in yesterday to Nagy, Gardiner was told that he was the likely opponent for NABO champ and former Olympian Eleider Alvarez whose opponent’s medicals were in question. Gardiner was keen to the task but found out early this morning that everything did indeed check out and that his original fight was back on. Gardiner was strong and solid throughout but did linger in the pocket a bit too long where Nagy was able to land some uppercuts, albeit without a lot on them. When the Ottawa trained fighter opened up in the third, the smaller Hungarian just couldn’t handle the onslaught and crumpled down to the canvas where stayed on one knee for the full ten.
To say undefeated Oscar Rivas (12-0 7KO) had an easy time with his Hungarian opponent Friday night would be an understatement. Three punches and 23 seconds was all the Colombian fighter would need against a grossly over-matched Lazlo Peczeli (4-3-1). A right hand stunned the fighter who made his pro debut a year ago at the age of 35. Moments later a left right combination and Peczeli was down and done with referee Michael Griffin not counting to the full ten before stopping the action.
22 Year Old Featherweight prospect Marc “Gwapo” Pagcaliwangan (2-0, KOs) secures his second career KO in as many fights over the overmatched Hungarian Richard Voros (4-11, 1KO) by way of 1st rd TKO. The end came at 0:59 of the first round, after Voros’s corner threw in the towel after their fighter went down hard for the second time in the round courtesy of a left hook-right hand combination, Voros got up but was on shaky legs. The first knockdown was more of a result of both fighters getting their feet tangle but the second knockdown proved to be enough to end the fight.
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