The Great White North saw a bit of boxing action weekend, led by Sebastien Demers' successful campaign to win the Canadian Middleweight title last night at the Casino in Montreal.
Demers, 21-1 (9), was coming off a courageous but failed bid to lift the IBF Middleweight title from Arthur Abraham this past May in Germany and simply had too much for Canadian Interim titlist and fellow Montreal resident Walid Smichet, 17-3-3 (13), winning a unanimous decision on scores of 119-109 and 117-111 (twice).
Also on the bill, southpaw middle Renan St. Juste of Repentigny ran his record to 15-1-1 (10) with a seventh round stoppage over American Chris Archer, 9-2 (5).
Mexican campaigner Jose Leonardo Corona, 8-7 (6), pulled off an upset with a fourth round stoppage of promising local light middle Stephane Desormiers, 17-3-1 (10).
On Friday, the action was at the Tristar Gym in Montreal as 46 year old Toronto's Donovan Boucher, 31-5 (18), made his return to the ring after an 11 year absence to post an eight round decision over local journeyman Martin Desjardins 6-13-3 (3), at super middle.
Boucher, originally from Jamaica, held the Commonwealth and Canadian Welterweight titles in the late 1980's and early 90's before being stopped in the tenth round during a bid to unseat reigning WBA Champion Crisanto Espana in 1993 in Manchester, England.