By Matt Casavant and Dave Spencer at ringside
Undefeated lightweight Ghislain Maduma (14-0 9KO) won a hard fought 99-91, 97-93, 96-94 unanimous decision over Saul Carreon (20-6-1 13KO) of Mexico as the headline event on the Eye of the Tiger promoted card held at the Lac Leamy Casino in Gatineau Quebec. Both fighters had their moments with Carreon doing damage on more than occasion with a dangerous left hand counter. Maduma definitely had the upper hand but didn’t seem to capitalize enough on the things that were working for him, but he did certainly land enough right hands to carry the evening.
British super-middleweight prospect James DeGale (15-1 9KO) made short work of former world-title challenger and short notice opponent Sebastien Demers (31-6 11KO), landing with just about everything and stopping the Montreal fighter at 1:58 of the 2nd round. 110-percent wasn’t necessarily the effort level from DeGale but more his connect rate as every thrown found the target. Demers stood by like a deer in headlights, nose bloodied, doing his best to answer back but badly out-gunned. DeGale landed a crunching left that backed Demers reeling backwards and taking a knee in the corner where he wisely stayed down for the count of ten.
Jr. Lightweight Baha Laham stopped veteran southpaw Alan Paredes in the 5th round courtesy of left hook to the body. With the win Laham now sees his record improve to (12-0,5KOs), while Paredes loses his second straight by KO and falls to (15-2-1, 5KOs). The clash was a hotly contested affair with both fighters exchanging blows from the opening bell in close quarters. The 31 year old Laham seemed to overpower Paredes as the fight went on landing punishing combinations to the body and head. A slight scare occurred in the 4th round for Baha as he suffered a cut under his right eyebrow but it only temporary derailed him as he was able to knockdown Paredes in the 5thround with a left hook to the solar plexus. Paredes was counted out by referee Alain Villeneuve.
In his previous visit to Canada, 40-year-old Emiliano Cayetano (21-6 12KO) didn’t make it out of the first round against top-ten ranked Eleider Alvarez. Andrew Gardiner (8-0 4KO) seemed equally determined for an early night when the opening bell sounded, but when the Dominican fighter proved to be resilient enough to absorb the initial barrage, the Ottawa fighter got down to work and grounded out a hard earned TKO victory. Gardiner ground and pounded his way to a 3:00 5th round TKO victory in a scheduled eight when Cayetano didn’t answer the bell for the sixth. The Winnipeg fighter who now calls Ottawa home constantly attacked the body almost exclusively in the second and third and when he started bringing the attack upstairs, it wasn’t too much longer before Cayetano who had no answers for anything thrown at him, began fading quickly.
Super-middleweight Schiller Hyppolite (7-1 4KO) took his man down to end the second and finished things at 2:39 of the third round with a pair of left hands to the body and send Martin Avila (14-12 7KO) to his 10th knockout defeat and third against Canadian fighters.
After winning his pro debut in less than two minutes, light-heavyweight Pascal Villeneuve (2-0) came on like gangbusters in the opening round versus Fouad Nasri (6-7-1 1KO) who proved to be a solid foe for the duration, forcing the local fighter to the scorecards for the first time where he won 40-36 on all three scorecards.
Jr. Welterweight Tony Luis rebounded from his first career defeat and improved his record to 16-1(7KOs) by winning a 6 round unanimous decision over veteran journeyman Maurycy Gojko (21-37-2, 7KOs). All three judges scored the fight a shutout (60-54) in favor of the 25 year old. The right-handed Luis switch back and forth between the southpaw and orthodox position successfully landing numerous hooks & straight lefts. Gojko was content with pot-shotting Luis and even bloodied him a little bit in the 5th round but Luis’s overall volume punching and constant pressure allowed him to win comfortably on the cards.
Mian Hussain ((6-0) dished out punishment for the duration of his six rounder with Alessio Domarin (2-3) but was forced to the scorecards as the Italian fighter wilted but didn’t fall. Hussain was able to rock Domarin several times during the contest, particularly in the second where he landed some crunching body shots and following up nicely with flush shots upstairs. As the fight progressed, Domarin became more wary of his more powerful opponent and didn’t open nearly as much. As the neared its end, Hussain managed to knock out the mouthpiece of his opponent who then stood upright and defenceless along the ropes where it looked as if it might be stopped but instead was saved by the bell.
Zach Bunce (1-0 1KO) of Las Vegas made his pro debut a successful one as the heavyweight got action underway at the Lac Leamy Casino in Gatineau Quebec. Bunce’s opponent Donald Willis (1-3) retired on his stool at the end of the third round after being knocked down twice in the fight. Bunce newly signed to promoter Eye of the Tiger scored knockdowns at the end of the first and again midway through the third where he landed with an overhand right.
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