by David P. Greisman, live from ringside in Montreal
Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada - In a swing bout, local prospect and crowd favorite David Theroux put Lukasz Janik down three times in the third round, all from a sustained body attack, with left hook after left hook targeting Janik’s liver and midsection.
The referee waved it off after the final flooring, 2 minutes and 31 seconds into the round.
Theroux, 21, of Quebec, is now 6-0 with 4 KOs. He turned pro in June 2014. Hanik, 26, of Poland, is either 12-10-1 with 6 KOs if you go by the official bout sheet or 13-10-1 with 7 KOs if you go by BoxRec. If you go by the latter, Janik has now lost four of his last five, six of his last eight, and is 5-10-1 in his last 16 fights.
- Dierry Jean scored his third win since losing to Lamont Peterson in early 2014, putting Carlos Reyes down twice for a third-round knockout.
Jean strafed Reyes throughout the round, hurting him with a right hand counter uppercut, following with three punches upstairs and then sending him to the canvas with a reight hand to the body. Reyes got up at the count of nine with about a minute left, and Jean closed in, soon closing the shot. The end came after a left hand, followed by a right anda left, all upstairs, setting up the left hook to the liver that ended things.
The conclusion came 2 minutes and 28 seconds into the round.
Jean, a 32-year-old originally from Haiti who now calls Montreal home, is now 28-1 with 20 KOs. The Peterson fight had been at junior welterweight, while his two wins afterward had been at lightweight. He came in at 137.7 pounds for this bout and his manager says they will fight in either weight class.
Reyes, who hails from the Dominican Republic, is now 24-4-1 with 16 KOs per the official bout sheet or 25-4-1 with 17 KOs per BoxRec. He had largely competed in the 122-, 126- and 130-pound weight classes and is now 2-3 in his last five fights, including a decision loss to Logan McGuinness in late 2012 and a knockout loss to Miguel Berchelt this past July.
- Nadjib Mohammedi stayed busy with a sixth-round stoppage of Lee Campbell, who took punishment until the referee jumped in.
Mohammedi, a 31-year-old from France, is the mandatory challenger for one of the three world titles held by Sergey Kovalev. Mohammedi has been in position to challenge for the International Boxing Federation title at light heavyweight since last June, when he stopped Anatoliy Dudchenko in an elimination bout.
At the time, the IBF titleholder was Bernard Hopkins, who was able to pass by his mandatory obligation thanks to the unification bout he had with Sergey Kovalev later in 2014. Kovalev won, adding Hopkins’ IBF and WBA titles and picking up his mandatory obligations.
Mohammedi’s been staying busy since then against subpar opposition. He blew out 7-7-1 Demetrius Walker in less than one round on November’s undercard to Kovalev-Hopkins. Now he waits, presumably, for the winner of Kovalev vs. Jean Pascal.
Mohammedi and Kovalev are both with promoter Main Events, whose head, Kathy Duva, says Kovalev would go on to face Mohammedi next should he beat Pascal.
With the win, Mohammedi moved to 38-3 with 23 KOs. Campbell, 37, of Charlotte, North Carolina, is now 8-2 with 4 KOs.
- Yves Ulysse Jr. scored a fifth-round technical knockout over Miguel Antoine in a bout between two fighters who came in under 144 pounds.
Ulysse’s advantages in hand and foot speed were apparent, as was his activity. Whereas Ulysse turned pro in last year and won all five of his fights, this was Antoine’s first appearance since October 2012, when he suffered what had previously been his only career loss, a first-round knockout.
In the third, Ulysse trapped Antoine in the corner and flurried away. A right hand caught Antoine coming in as the round ended. In the fourth, Ulysse quickly moved over to his left and posed, taunting Antoine before starting again with his offense. Soon he shuffled away from Antoine with a little dance.
The taunting gave way for actual scoring blows, with two knockdowns scored in the fourth. The first came off a pair of right hands that had Antoine off balance. The second came after Ulysse scored a right hand, then followed with a left hook and another right.
In the fifth, Ulysse landed close to the same combination, putting Antoine down for the third time in the fight, this time with 30 seconds left. Antoine once again rose but stood in the corner with his head down. The referee waved the fight off with 20 seconds left in the round.
Ulysse, 26, of Montreal, is now 6-0 with 4 KOs. Antoine, who hails from Barbados, is now 18-2-1 with 9 KOs.
- Dmitry Mikhaylenko remained undefeated with a fifth-round stoppage of Felipe De La Paz, who was game from the outset but was outclassed as the fight continued. While he sustained the punishment, he remained in his corner before the sixth round could continue.
They traded from the beginning, with De La Paz having little trouble landing cleanly on Mikhaylenko. The same could be said for Mikhaylenko’s punches on De La Paz, and toward the end of the first round a left hand to the liver put De La Paz down on the canvas.
He rose, and they continued to exchange in the second round. Sometimes Mikhaylenko’s volume was arm punches, but often enough he would sit down on a shot and hit De La Paz flush, keeping him honest. That, and occasional attacks to the body, took the fight out of De La Paz.
Mikhaylenko, a 28-year-old from Russia, is now 19-0 with 8 KOs. He is coming off a 2014 in which he outpointed Sechew Powell and stopped Ronald Cruz.
Teniente, a 24-year-old from Mexico, is now 14-4-2 with 5 KOs if you go by the official bout sheet and 15-4-2 with 6 KOs if you go by BoxRec. He’s now winless in his past three, having been knocked out in less than four minutes by Silverio Ortiz last October, then fighting to a draw with 7-1-1 Juan Galvan less than one month later.
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