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17 NOVEMBER 2018

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Dan Tops Bizier Again/Dirrell Coasts Past Edwards


By Marc Livitz; Jo Jo Dan narrowly got past Kevin Bizier once again this evening in a twelve round welterweight rematch.

 

The two combatants looked to pick up where they left off back in November of last year. A battle of orthodox (Bizier) versus southpaw was on our hands tonight between the Montreal native Kevin and his foe who is now a local by way of Romania. The first two rounds were very active for both men as they each competed freely and landed respective body shots. A tactical battle ensued in the third and fourth as Kevin’s left jab kept Jo Jo Dan back until he landed well timed counter punches.

 

Early on in the fifth round, they exchanged shots as Bizier worked the head and Dan went for the body. Kevin was warned by referee Marlon Wright to not throw his opponent to the canvas as he did in their initial bout last year. An accidental headbutt opened a cut above Bizier’s right eye towards the end of round six in a bout that was unfolding as a tale of punch and counterpunch.

 

The first knockdown of the contest occurred just a few moments into the seventh as Bizier caught Dan on the chin with a left hook during an exchange. His Romanian counterpart beat the count as well as Kevin’s subsequent efforts to get him out for good. Jo had his moments to get back into the round but Bizier pushed and pushed the action to close the period. Dan came out the more active of the two in round eight as Bizier’s right eye continued to stream red. Kevin Bizier appeared to sleepwalk though the ninth in a round which saw Jo Jo Dan work the body before moving upstairs.

 

An all Montreal co-main event was at a grinding pace in the tenth. They both appeared fatigued heading into the last two rounds. Dan looked to steal the eleventh by way of his steady body and head shots. The evenly matched battle was much a case (through neutral eyes) of a tale of two halves. They exchanged high and low punches from each side to close the stanza and move into the final three minutes. A bloody and tense battle ensued as the last round was as close as many of them had previously been. More head clashes and tough output by both was displayed as the fight went the full twelve and went to the judges.

 

Their respective tallies read as follows: 115-112 (Dan), 114-113 (Bizier) and 114-113 to award Jo Jo Dan with a razor thin split decision win and take his record to 2-0 versus Kevin Bizier. He’s now a mandatory challenger for Kell Brook’s welterweight title with a record of (34-2, 18 KO’s). Kevin Bizier has twenty three wins to his credit alongside sixteen knockouts, yet his lone two losses on his ledger are to the same man, JoJo Dan.

 

Undercard - Dirrell Coasts Past Edwards

 

Andre "The Resurrected" Dirrell claimed an easy twelve round unanimous decision win over Derek Edwards in an IBF super middleweight elimination bout. The Michigan native capped off a perfect 2014 after an eighteen month layoff.

 

Dirrell looked to establish his jab early and his Las Vegas opponent was content to try and counter Andre’s shots. A short flurry highlighted the second round for Andre as he worked harder to avoid Derek’s left hook. He remained in the southpaw stance well into the middle rounds and kept a steady pace with his right jab. The pace slowed a bit in the sixth yet Dirrell scored a few times with his straight left as well as uppercut. Seemingly choreographed left crosses found their target as the second half of the bout was underway.

 

"The Resurrected" Dirrell was easily ahead going into round eight and the body language of Derek Edwards seemed to suggest that he may have been resigned to his fate. Andre unloaded with several unanswered punches to the head of Derek as the eighth closed. Perhaps Edwards was experiencing an off night because he looked like he would have rather been somewhere else entirely. The familiar theme of straight left, one after another from Dirrell all but nullified his overmatched opponent, who himself may have known his personal high of high’s after he knocked out Badou Jack last February.

 

"The Black Lion" headed into the tenth and needed perhaps two knockouts to win the bout. In the tenth, just as in the previous half hour the story of throwing darts at a board played out as it previously had done. Successive pipeline lefts in the closing minute had Edwards admiring the interior of the ceiling of the Pepsi Coliseum in Montreal as did the cocked and loaded lefts from over the top which followed. He was swinging for the fences in round eleven and hoping to land the sink on Dirrell. Derek did connect with a left hook in the twelfth which sent Andre wheeling and dealing backwards, but he was able to dance out of any danger. Edwards waited the better part of thirty five minutes to show a meaningful sign of life. It of course wouldn’t be enough.

 

The final scorecards read as follows: 119-109, 120-108 and 119-107, all for Andre Dirrell, who improved this evening to (24-1, 16 KO’s). Derek Edwards now holds a record of (27-4-1, 14 KO’s).

 

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