Weekend Scorecard: Francis Lafreniere and Erik Bazinyan win in Montreal, Ryan Burnett wins bantamweight title, more!

Professional boxing returned to Tohu in Montreal Saturday night as Rixa Promotions in association with Grant Brothers Promotions presented an action packed evening of fisticuffs. In the main event of the evening all-action Quebec based middleweight attraction Francis ‘The People’s Champion’ Lafreniere (16-5-2, 9 KOs) moved his winning streak to thirteen consecutive bouts when he stopped Oscar Cortez (26-3, 14 KOs) in Round 4. With the win Lafreniere defended his WBO NABO middleweight title.

Rising Quebec super middleweight Erik ‘Bzo’ Bazinyan (16-0, 11 KOs) defeated Rolando Paredes (13-5-2, 10 KOs) by fourth round TKO in Saturday’s exciting co-main event. After starting fast with a stern jab, Bazinyan began landing some blistering uppercuts in Round 2. He took total control with an array of well placed power shots and dropped Paredes twice in Round 4 to seal the deal.

Other notable results from the card included lightweight Golden Garcia scoring a second round stoppage of Luis Zambrano and local fan favourite Roody Pierre Paul pounded out an eight round decision win over Oscar Barajas.

Full undercard results from Montreal can be found on Boxrec.com.

The IBF bantamweight world title changed hands Saturday in Belfast, Northern Ireland where unbeaten Ryan Burnett (17-0, 9 KOs) dethroned reigning champ Lee Haskins (34-4, 14 KOs) via a bizarre twelve round split decision. It was bizarre as the fight looked to be a near shutout for the challenger (119-107 x2) yet Haskins had a near shutout score in his favour turned in at 118-108. Oh my.

On the same card, a lean and ripped looking Mike Perez (22-2-1, 14 KOs) made quick and easy work of short notice opponent Viktor Biscak (10-1, 7 KOs) scoring a first round TKO when his opponent cited a leg injury after an early knockdown. Perez has lost over forty pounds and after long campaigning as a heavyweight will now look to climb the cruiserweight ranks.

Toronto’s Steve Rolls (16-0, 9 KOs) picked up a big win Friday at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York, with an eight round split decision nod over once-beaten Demond Nicholson.

Quebec based light heavyweight Francy Ntetu (17-1, 4 KOs) also picked up a win in preliminary action on the same card, scoring a fourth round stoppage of Brian Holstein.

Big punching Filipino lightweight Romero Duno (14-1, 13 KOs) returned to action in General Santos City, Philippines Saturday scoring an impressive second round destruction of Jason Tinampay. Duno scored four knockdowns in Round 2 to score the stoppage. The bout was staged as part of a big card by Sanman Promotions.

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