After waiting for close to two years, super-featherweight Kevin Lavallee (10-0-1 8KO) finally has a chance to avenge the only blemish on his otherwise stellar record as faces off against Mexican Isaac Bejarano (9-12-1 7KO) in the final chapter of 'Emergence', the summer fight series held in east-end Montreal at the Grand Chapiteau.
After winning his first three fights by first round knockout, Lavallee was forced to the scorecards against Bejarano where things didn't quite go his way. "We've wanted this fight since the scorecards were read after the first one," said Lavallee's trainer Russ Anber who like many night that night thought the young fighter was good for at least three rounds.
"He's been improving ever since, correcting his mistakes, he's a completely different fighter. It's amazing how far he's come." Lavallee has still be dishing out the knockouts, but showed he could go eight strong in his last contest, dominating from start to finish. "I think maturity is the major difference," said Anber. "He's fighting longer more complete rounds, his experience is a great factor."
Anber believes the draw may have been a blessing. "It wasn't a loss, he was already a very hard worker, the draw made him work just that much harder."
Also featured on the card will be middleweight Frank Cotroni (5-1) who is scheduled for his second six rounder against Hungarian Antal Kubicsek (20-30-5).
A battle of heavyweights will be featured with a pair of fighters really, really needing a win. The pair of Taffo Asongwed and Stephane Tessier have combined for a total 55 fights but only have six wins between them. It took Asongwed (3-12-7 1KO) 15 fights to notch his maiden victory but he has a 3-5-1 record in his last 9 so things are on an upswing. For Tessier, it has been a long time. A very long time. Seven years and 28 fights without a win, but Tessier still battles each time, and almost always makes it to the scorecards. He has a sneaky left hook that manifests itself late in fights on tiring and unsuspecting opponents. Asongwed gets off to quick starts, Tessier finishes strong and neither quits, could be a good tilt with hopefully somebody walking out with precious ‘W’, we say hopefully because Asongwed has seven draws to his credit.
Andrew Gardiner (4-0) was supposed to be tested last time out against veteran journeyman David Whittom in what looked to be best matched fight of the evening. Instead he went out and got his first knockout. Look for more of the same as Gardiner meets Gabor Zsalek (9-20-2) who has been stopped 15 times.
Four other fights are featured and only a few tickets are remaining for this final chapter of Emergence.