Kim Clavel had a big test in front of her as she faced Maria Soledad Vargas on Saturday night at the Tennis Canada facility.
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We can say that she passed it handily in an evening that ended in a dramatic way.
Clavel (14-0, 2 KOs) won by unanimous decision of the judges (98-92, 99-91 x 2) ahead of Vargas (15-3-1, 1 KO.) in a gala presented by GYM.
A crucial victory for the Quebecer as she got her hands on the World Boxing Council’s (WBC) Silver belt for mid-flies (108 lbs).
Towards a championship fight
She could get a world championship fight by the end of the year.
“I had done my homework and I didn’t do the corners,” said Kim Clavel. Sometimes it is hard. We cry and we are aching. Today it paid off.
“It’s with opponents like Maria Vargas that we learn and become better. She gave me a hard time and we had to adjust between rounds. After the first round, I told myself that I was in a real fight. I believe that my strike force made the difference.
“Usually I go up the stairs one at a time. Tonight, I rode three. “
His trainer Danielle Bouchard praised his pugilist.
“I give her an A + for her performance,” she said. Kim had a big challenge. This opponent is in the top of the world.
“Round after round, she was better and more and more efficient.”
With his might, Clavel managed to smash Vargas in the first half of the fight. The last five rounds of the clash were to the advantage of the GYM protege. She boxed smartly heading towards a one-sided victory.
The fight started off with a bang as Clavel and Vargas exchanged power blows during the first four rounds.
However, the Québécoise was more powerful and precise than the Mexican.
In his first fight in the 154 lbs division, Mikael Zewski (35-2, 23 KOs) passed his first test by beating Dilan Loza (15-5-1, 9 KOs) by decision unanimous (78-73, 77-74, 78-74) after an eight-round duel.
The Trifluvien dominated the majority of the exchanges until the eighth assault. Loza rocked him with a solid right.
The Mexican put all the pressure he could but was unable to cause the surprise.
Zewski survived by rolling with the punches. A clash that turned into a war.
“I didn’t want that, but it turned into war. He hit me with a big “shot”. I thought about the present moment and kept my guard as compact as possible, Zewski explained.
“I was throwing a lot of single shots and not enough combinations. Tonight, my defense was on point. My problem was the offensive. I saw all his blows coming. I was able to dodge them at the last second. ”
Former world champion Adonis Stevenson (29-2-1, 24 KOs) made a noticeable presence on the floor.
The one nicknamed “Superman” was happy to soak up the atmosphere of boxing.
He saw several people who were cheering him on during his time in the ring.
It was his first public outing since he came close to death after his loss to Ukrainian Oleksandr Gvozdyk in December 2018 in Quebec.
► Several personalities were present on the floor. We saw the comedians Jean-Thomas Jobin and Mike Ward. Businessman François Lambert was also on site. We remember that Jobin and Lambert participated in the Big Brother Celebrities reality TV show with Clavel.