Early Results from Montreal
From Fight News
By Dave Spencer at ringside
In a clash of former light heavyweight champions, Chad Dawson (30-1, 18 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Adrian Diaconu (27-3, 15 KOs) by scores of 117-111, 118-110, 116-112. It was a workmanlike twelve rounds for Dawson in his first fight under Emanuel Steward.
A left hook to the body scored a knockout victory for welterweight Kevin Bizier (15-0 11KO) at the end of the 5th round against Mauro Lucero(46-14-1), stopping the Mexican for the 12th time in his career. A clash of heads earlier in the round opened a bad gash over the eye of Lucero and looked bad enough to stop the fight, but Bizier quickly took matters into his own hands by scoring his 11th stoppage.
Columbian born Eleider Alvarez (5-0 3KO) started strong and finished strong in a 40-36 (x3) decision over David Whittom (11-15-1) of Quebec City. In between there was a little frustration as Alvarez was crowded as he couldn’t get off as cleanly as he had to start the fight. Trainer Marc Ramsay demanded more of his fighter for the final round and got it as Alvarez went all out for the final stanza and finished strongly as the light-heavyweight notched his fifth victory in as many tries.
After an all assault of hooks to the body and head of opponent Ruben Galvan (17-10-4); Golden Boy Promoted local product Michael Zewski (10-6KO) threw a perfect left uppercut that brought down the Indiana fighter immediately and ended the fight at 1:44 of the 3rd round. Zewski was picture perfect in the 2nd as he punished the body of his opponent at every opportunity and was equally ferocious in going upstairs. It looked more of the same in the third until the 22 year-old brought something new out of the toolbox and scored big with the uppercut to end the fight. Galvan who is now winless in ten fights dating back to 2007 got up immediately but then went down again with as the count approached five.
Jean Pascal’s half-brother Nicholson Poulard (17-3) managed to dominate throughout a ten round light-heavyweight contest against Frankie Santos (17-10-4), scoring a clean 100-90 sweep on all three scorecards. The fight was back and forth at close quarters in the opening two rounds before Poulard started dominating against an opponent who has moved up 5 weight categories in the last four years. Santos looked ready to go at the end of the 9th and Poulard upped the tempo for the final round, looking for the perfect punch that never came.
After going down a total of three times, an outmatched Dwayne Storey (4-7) called it a day at 1:38 of the second round against a younger, stronger, faster Didier Bence (2-0 2KO) in a heavyweight bout that kicked off action at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The 41 year-old Storey who had called it quits for the past ten years before returning this past January proved awkward for about the first two minutes but that was about it. Bence scored his first knockdown at the end of the first round and didn’t waste any time in the second scoring his second stoppage in as many fights with two more knockdowns.
May 21st, 2011