by Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada
Joachim Alcine scored a shocking 116-112, 116-112, 114-114 majority decision win over David Lemieux in a battle of local rivals at the Bell Centre in Montreal Saturday night. Lemieux came out strong but the former world champion Alcine, who was fighting above his regular 154 pounds, was able to weather the storm and came back and rocked Lemieux in the fourth round. Alcine did what he could to get inside the 22-year-old’s head by smiling, asking for more, and continually pounding his chest. Lemieux wouldn’t admit that the experienced Alcine got the best of him mentally, but did admit that the tactics did have him loading up on his punches a bit more. Alcine swept the last four rounds on the judges’ scorecards as Lemieux’s production slowed in what ultimately cost him the fight.
Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (16-1 13KO) scored his most impressive victory to date as he dominated Aaron Pryor Jr. (16-5 11KO) throughout scoring three early knockdowns before securing a 9th round knockout at the 43-second mark. Pryor’s corner told referee Marlon Wright that they had seen enough with Pryor down with for a fourth time, blood streaming from his nose, and a closed left eye. Stevenson adds the NABO and IBF Intercontinental belts to his NABA super-middleweight championship. The Montreal fighter wished fans a Merry Christmas and called out IBF champion Lucian Bute immediately after the bout. It was the first time that Pryor who scored a decision win over top contender Librado Andrade earlier this year has ever been stopped in a fight. It also goes down as the latest stoppage for Stevenson who had never stopped anybody after the 5th round before tonight.
Pryor felt Stevenson’s power almost immediately as the lefthander scored with a right to and a left to the chin and took the visitor down to the canvas with fight just over a minute old. Stevenson would score a pair of knockdowns in the 3rd after some good inside fighting to start the round. Pryor with his hands down in the corner tried to lean away from an incoming left hand but didn’t get back far enough or fast enough from the missile that Stevenson had just launched. Another left dragged down the Cincinnati again later in the round and he was on wobbly legs to end both the 5th and 8th rounds. The flurry at the end of the 5th had Pryor pawing at his eye as he went back to his corner and the eye began closing quickly in the 6th with him looking very much a defeated fighter.
Undefeated super-featherweight Arash Usmanee (16-0 8KO) was a beast over the course of ten rounds, throwing everything he had against European (EBA) super-featherweight champion Antonio Bento (23-9-2 12KO) of Portugal. Bento exhibited very little except an iron chin that was tested round after round, punch after punch. But despite Usmanee’s all out assault that had him going equally hard and ferocious to the body as the chin during the course of the ten round fight, the Portuguese fighter weathered the storm all the way to the end. Scorecards went easily Usmanee’s way scoring a 99-91, 100-90, 100-90 whitewash of his over-matched opponent.
Elieder Alvarez (7-0 5KO) destroyed Emiliano Cavetano (21-4 12KO), knocking down the Dominican three times in two minutes and thirty-three seconds of the first round and capturing the NABA light-heavyweight championship with relative ease. Elieder couldn’t miss scoring on his opponent with crunching one-twos that put Cavetano down about a minute into the bout. A series of rights while Cavetano was in the corner brought the fighter down a second time but Alvarez saved the best for last, a single howitzer of a right hand that put down his opponent for a count of ten and beyond.
After his first one-two combination resonated around the Bell Centre that was still filling up with patrons for the night, featherweight Tyler Asselstine (8-0) was forced to battle an opponent in Philippe Frenois (14-5-1) of France who had little interest in fighting back. Frenois who had zero knockouts going into his 20th professional fight was content to put the earmuffs up high and absorb whatever the Ottawa southpaw was throwing at him. Asselstine was able to break through the armor in the 4th after hurting his opponent early in the stanza with a left hand that put the Frenchman in full retreat mode. Asselstine was credited with his only knockdown for the fight when moments later with Frenois trying to run slipped down to the canvas on all fours. Asselstine would benefit from another 10-8 score in the next round when Frenois was penalized a point for using his head. The only drama in the fight came in the 7th when Asselstine lost his mouthpiece and turned his back on the action before time was called. Frenois did manage a couple of punches on his unsuspecting victim, but certainly nothing of consequence and Asselstine went on to an easy 80-71 decision.
Heavyweight Didier Bence (4-0) got action underway at The Bell Centre in Montreal with a one-sided dismantling of Sandy Pembrooke (1-4) of Kamloops BC. Bence spent the first two rounds going to the ample midsection of his opponent, firing off rapid combinations in hopes of dividends later on. While Bence never got the knockout, or knockdown that he was looking for, he did dominated the last round of the four-rounder convincingly enough to score a 10-8 round and walk away with a 40-35 decision on all three cards. Pembrooke was caught on the ropes for the final 90 seconds where Bence unleashed a vicious attack of overhand rights and left uppercuts sealed the deal for the Montreal amateur standout.
Undefeated super-featherweight Kevin Lavallee (7-0-1 6KO) scored a pair of knockdowns and scored a 40-34 decision on all three scorecards over Ignac Kassai (5-18-2 1 KO) of Hungary.
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