Montreal’s Kim Clavel Wins World Boxing Council Flyweight Belt

One judge scored the match 100-90, while the other two had it 99-91 in favor of Clavel.


Kim Clavel defeated Mexico’s Yesenia Gomez by unanimous decision on Friday night to become the World Boxing Council flyweight champion.

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In front of an overwrought crowd at the Montreal Casino cabaret, Clavel (16-0, 3 KO) set the pace and was undeterred by Gomez (19-6-3, 6 KO), who often landed the best shots. of the night. .

One judge scored the fight 100-90, while the other two gave it 99-91 in favor of Clavel, who had to endure three postponements before fighting Gomez.

It was a fifth defense for the Mexican, who first won the belt by defeating Esmeralda Moreno by majority decision in September 2018. Gomez had not fought since Oct. 31, 2020.

Artur Biyarslanov (11-0, 9 KOs) was thought to warm the crowd up a bit more before the Clavel fight, but the Toronto native decided 65 brief seconds would be enough.

In his first fight at the Montreal Casino cabaret, Biyarslanov made sure to make his mark by defeating Burkina Faso’s Issouf Kinda (18-6, 7 KOs) via first-round knockout.

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Biyarslanov took advantage of a gap in Kinda’s defense to launch a quick right hand to his opponent’s temple. He kind of lay by the ropes and couldn’t get up until he finished the count of 10.

Biyarslanov, who won the gold medal at the 2015 Pan American Games, revealed that he now has his sights set on fighting for the world championship next year.

After a slow start, Quebec’s Marie-Pier Houle (7-0-1, 2 KO) and Hungary’s Timea Belik (6-6-2, 2 KO) engaged in a true street fight for six rounds. Houle finished the fight slightly more bruised than her opponent due to a cut from a headbutt, but won a unanimous decision.

On several occasions, Houle hit Belik hard, but the Hungarian refused to hit the canvas and kept trading blows. Two judges had the Quebecer ahead 60-54 on the scorecard, while the third saw her win by a score of 59-55.

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“The important thing is that I won, but for sure I would have liked to finish the fight with a knockout,” Houle said. It’s a physical fight and I was hoping it would be a little less physical. I think that’s the kind of fight I attract.”

Also on the undercard, Montreal’s Jonathan Di Bella (2-0, 1 KO) scored a resounding second-round knockout of Jesus Omar Chavez Velazquez (2-3, 2 KO), who took a few minutes to recover.

Di Bella, who is also a kick-boxing enthusiast, scored his second professional boxing victory.

In the first fight of the night, Quebec’s Derek Pomerleau (3-0, 2 KOs) set the tone by pumping up the crowd after deftly dodging a series of punches, but his fight with Mexico’s Marcos Martinez Luna (0-2 -1, 0 KOs) required a decision from the judges.

Pomerleau landed the best punches of the fight, though he also got hit solid on a few occasions and won by unanimous decision. The three judges delivered a 40-36 card.

Meanwhile, Caroline Veyre of Quebec had to wait to make her professional boxing debut. The Tokyo Olympian was unable to get into the ring because her opponent, Wendy Cruz Castro, was not physically fit enough.

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