Miranda shocks Demers!

Friday, August 1 2008

By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

A 9th round knockdown made the difference in extremely close 95-94, 95-94, 94-95 split decision victory for late sub Dionisio Miranda over hometown fighter Sebastien Demers at Windsor Station from Montreal. Miranda was announced Monday as the opponent for Demers when original opponent, Fulgencio Zuniga, also a Columbian, was a last minute cancellation. "It wasn’t a lot of time to adjust to an opponent with a strong right hand when we had prepared eight weeks for somebody with a strong left," said a dejected Demers after the fight. The former world title challenger ranked #5 WBO, #9 IBF and #13 WBA was able to avoid Miranda’s powerful right for most of the night in what was a very tactical battle, but after seven fairly non-active rounds decided to engage the powerful opponent who boasted 18 knockouts in 19 victories. Demers was caught along the ropes in the eighth and was caught flush and early in the fateful 9th caught a right hand and wobbled down to one knee. Ironically it was after that Demers fought his best, dominating the final round landing several rights of his own, but ultimately, too little too late.

Nineteen year-old knockout sensation David Lemieux (10-0 10KO) made it ten knockouts in as many tries as the Montreal fighter dominated Ulises Duarte (16-17-1 15KO), knocking down the over-matched Mexican three times and scoring a TKO victory at 1:45 of the opening round.
It didn't take long for Adonis Stevenson (12-0 9KO) to exhibit his brutal power against former Contender star Anthony Bonsante (31-10-3 18KO). Bonsante went down from Stevenson's first connect and lay down motionless on the canvas, eyes closed and seemingly out cold. But the Shakopee fighter shot back up like a bullet but it was too late in Gerry Bolen's eyes and the bout was called at :46 of the opening round. Bonsante was livid as chased the referee around the ring, trying to protest the decision, but to little avail. The win goes down easily as Stevenson's most important to date.
In an exciting middleweight battle to kick off tonight's ESPN broadcast card from historic Windsor Station in Montreal, Walid Smichet (19-5-3 14KO) scored a unanimous 76-72, 75-73, 75-73 decision over a returning Martin Berthiaume (14-3-2 8KO) who hung on through two knockdowns in the final round to reach the judges scorecards.

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