Diaconu, Jo Jo Dan – also winners in Montreal.
Undefeated Lucian Bute retained his IBF super middleweight title with a ninth-round technical knockout of mandatory challenger Jesse Brinkley in Montreal.
Romanian/French-Canadian southpaw Bute, who is based in the Canadian city, sent his American opponent crashing to the canvas for a third time with a big left uppercut at 2:48 in the ninth, according to Eurosport.
Brinkley, now 35-6, was stopped by a left uppercut, falling for the third time in the bout. Brinkley, 34 next month, had his first crack at a title since turning pro in 1997. Bute improved to 27-0, with 22 knockouts.
“Lucian fought an awkward fighter. He had a strange style and had nothing to lose,” Bute’s coach Stephan Larouche said for montrealgazette.com. “He tried not to get knocked out. It became a matter of how he would survive. It was a nice performance of survival and courage.”
“I had my moments,” Brinkley said. “I moved around and stayed away from banging with him.”
In another fight in Montreal Adrian Diaconu, the former World Boxing Council light-heavyweight champ, recovered from a second-round knockdown to score a unanimous and entertaining 10-round decision against veteran Omar Sheika. Diaconu was fighting for the first time since relinquishing the 175-pound title to Jean Pascal in June 2009. Diaconu improved to 27-2 while Sheika is now 30-10.
Welterweight JoJo Dan got back on the winning track with a knockout at 1:35 of the fourth round against Andres Pablo Villafane, who fell in a neutral corner from a left to the kidneys. He was doubled over in the corner, on hands and knees, clearly unable to raise himself from the canvas and was easily counted out.
Vitali Klitschko retains WBC title
Ukraine’s Vitali Klitschko retained his WBC heavyweight title on Saturday, beating American challenger Shannon Briggs on points.
The 39-year-old Klitschko was putting his belt on the line for the fifth time since claiming the title in October 2008 against Nigeria’s Samuel Peter after a four year spell in retirement, sports.yahoo.com informs.
Klitschko dominated Briggs to extend his record to 41 wins, 38 by KO, with two defeats, with the judges calling the fight 120-107, 120-107, 120-105 in his favour. Briggs, 38, now stands at six defeats from 58 fights.