The Dragon Roars: Alberta’s Steve Claggett defeats Yves Ulysse Jr. in Montreal!

Photo: Vincent Ethier / Eye of the Tiger Management

Alberta’s Steve ‘The Dragon’ Claggett (26-4-1, 17 KOs) crossed Canada and defeated previously unbeaten Yves Ulysse Jr. (14-1, 9 KOs) via split decision Friday at MTelus in Montreal in the main event of the latest Eye of the Tiger Management gala. It was a career best win for the road warrior Claggett who’s spent the better part of his career scrapping and clawing for respect in fights around the world.

The Calgary native started with a stern jab and controlled the early rounds with effective pressure and a busier work rate. He went to the body with a sustained vigor and it paid dividends in the middle rounds as the fleet footed Ulysse Jr. was only able to find success in spots while continuously backing up.

The Quebec slickster hung in and showed a lot of heart and did land an array of nice right hands but they were too few and far between.

Claggett carried a lead into the late rounds where both fighters dug deep and fought hard to close the show.

After ten rounds were complete, Ulysse received a 96-94 card in his favour while Claggett was up on the other two tallies 97-93. The victory earned the brash Albertan the vacant IBF North American Super Lightweight Title and it surely puts him in line for a higher world ranking to close out 2017.

“I was the aggressor and landed the bigger punches,” Claggett told FightFan.com post fight. “I feel like all my hard work is finally starting to pay off. Finally I have a team on the same journey and things are aligning and coming together.”

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