Eye of the Tiger Management @ MTelus: Early Results from Montreal!

FIghtFan.com is live on location at the beautiful MTelus venue in Montreal, Quebec where late on this evening Canada’s No. 1 and No. 2 rated light welterweights will collide in Yves Ulysse Jr. and Steve Claggett. Eye of the Tiger Management has an eleven bout docket scheduled so there will be no shortage of action. Stay tuned to this page for the latest results from ringside and refresh often to get the latest on each result as they become finalized.

It was a strange co-main event Friday at the MTelus Centre in Montreal where undefeated Canadian heavyweight Simon Kean (11-0, 10 KOs) of Trois-Rivières, Québec stopped American Randy Johnson (13-3, 11 KOs) in Round 2 of an anti climactic bout. Both men were very tentative to start and threw very few punches. About half way through the opening stanza Kean landed a harmless looking glancing hook and Johnson fell to the seat of his pants favouring what looked to be his knee. He got up gingerly and Kean opened up a bit going after him but the American landed a counter shot that dropped the big Quebecer. Johnson didn’t seem very interested in following up (still favouring his leg) and the round ended. In Round 2, Kean was more active and an innocuous combo dropped Johnson where he sat on a knee until counted out. TKO win for Kean though probably not the outing he was hoping for.

Top rated Canadian junior middleweight Steven ‘Bang Bang’ Butler (20-1-1, 17 KOs) put in a grueling seven rounds against Mexican veteran Silverio Ortiz (36-21, 17 KOs) before ending the fight in dramatic fashion via TKO in the eighth and final round. Butler was in control early but never really had that swagger he used to exude before his first career loss earlier this year to Ontario’s Brandon Cook. Slowly but surely the veteran Ortiz worked his way into the fight and made things sloppy with a lot of clinching. He took a few of the middle rounds and looked as though he was frustrating the younger Butler. Just when it looked like things were headed to the cards the young Quebec charge landed a telling uppercut in Round 8 that dropped Ortiz hard. He got up and showed moxie to stay in there but Butler stepped on the gas and forced the TKO stoppage.

In an absolute barn-burner, Charlesbourg, Québec’s Vincent Thibault (1-0, 1 KO) won his professional debut Friday night in Montreal with a thrilling third round TKO over Mexico’s Cesar Ugarte (4-3, 2 KOs) in a bout contested at 171 lbs. With the crowd behind him, Thibault came out hard but was dropped by a left hook. He got up and fought back hard stunning Ugarte before the bell sounded. Both fighters went toe to toe in the second and once again the Mexican stunned the local charge with another knockdown. Thibault got up and continued to get the better of the action battering the visitor all around the ring. The onslaught carried over into Round 3 until Thibault pinned his man on the ropes and pressed until the bout was stopped. A great back and forth war to welcome the popular Quebecer into the pro ranks with an exciting and dramatic win.

Russian born, Montreal based featherweight prospect Andranik Grigoryan put on a dazzling display of speed of hand and foot in a four round encounter vs. a game and deft Giovani Martinez of Mexico. Good action fight with Grigoryan coming out on top via a unanimous decision earned with a busier volume of punches.

The seven o’clock hour was otherwise known as ‘G-Time’ Friday in Quebec when Montreal’s Mathieu Germain (11-0, 6 KOs) put a one-sided drubbing on Mexico’s Ricardo Lara (12-4, 7 KOs). The Mexican visitor was gamed but out-gunned as Germain stalked him with hard body shots and busier combination punching for four rounds until the contest was stopped between the fourth and fifth stanza. The bout thrilled the strong contingent of Germain fans in house at the MTelus centre.

Kazakhstan born, Montreal based Batyr Jukembayev (10-0, 9 KOs) continued his torrid rise up the Canadian ranks with a blistering first round KO of Mexico’s Jose Emilio Perea Friday in Quebec. The bout wasn’t more than 45 seconds in when a well placed body shot caused Perea to crumble like a house of cards where he remained in agony for several minutes. It sent a shockwave through the crowd as Perea had previously gone long into fights with both Yves Ulysse Jr. and Custio Clayton. Impressive showing from Jukembayev.

Popular local attraction David Thérou moved to 13-2 (9 KOs) in early action, overwhelming the Philippines’ Junjesie Ibgos via third round TKO in a bout contested at at a 142-pound catchweight. The first two rounds were quite tactical with both men having their moments but it was all Thérou in Round 3. The Montreal charge hurt Ibgos to the body and jumped all over him when he shelled up. A long series of unanswered punches ended with the pinoy fighter slumped to the canvas giving Thérou the technical stoppage victory.

Montreal based Kazakhstan native Nurzat Sabirov improved to 3-0 (3 KOs) as a professional in preliminary action, halting Mexico’s Mario Baeza in the second round of an exciting super middleweight contest. Sabirov started strong using a stiff methodical stance to stalk and land telling power shots on the Mexican visitor. In the opening around a short right hand dropped Baeza but he managed to survive the count and the round. Sabirov picked up the pace in Round 2 and battered Baeza down with a blistering combo.

Undefeated middleweight upstart Clovis Drolet of Montreal picked up his third career victory with a dominant four round unanimous decision over Sonora, Mexico’s Adrian Haro Campos. Drolet controlled the action with shaper punches and nearly had the visiting fighter on the way out in the fourth. It went to the cards where all three judges had him ahead to seal the victory.

In the opening bout of the evening Russian born, Montreal based cruiserweight Artur Ziyatdinov moved to 2-0 (2 KOs) with an unsettling knockout of Mexico’s Manuel Guzman (1-3, 1 KO). Guzman showed he came to fight early on but Ziyatdinov’s bad intentions were the story as he loaded up with some vicious, accurate shots. The Russian charge went to the body with vigor and it set up an opening upstairs that allowed him to stun the Mexican. Guzman was trapped on the ropes and a crushing right hand laid him out cold. It was a scary knockout. Impressive win.



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