It was perhaps not the return home that Jonathan Meunier had imagined, hoots sometimes being heard at the Vidéotron Center during his fight against the Albertan Menad Abella, but the Loretteville fighter said he was same “mission accomplished”, Friday night.
“It was part of the strategy to be patient. We had no choice. We prepared for 12 weeks for an opponent who was changed to eight days notice. I did not know anything about the guy in front of me, “explained Meunier (9-1, 5 KOs) after his unanimous decision win (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
In the context of the fight, difficult to be aggressive and spectacular, pleaded the one who was recently released from the prestigious UFC because of an old medical situation and who had not fought in the last year and a half. “I’m not totally satisfied, but that’s the case in almost all my fights. I’m coming from the UFC. I have nobody to impress and I still won my fight honestly tonight [Friday], “Meunier said.
As for the hootings of the crowd when the fight was too passive between the two fighters, the Quebecer still did not know what to think about it. “It’s disappointing, but I do not know yet if I’m disappointed with the fans or disappointed with me. I’ll have to watch the fight. ”
Meunier and Abella (5-1, 4 K.-O.) did not weigh the weight, so the 170-pound TKO belt was not in play during the fight. The latter remains the short-term goal of the Quebec fighter, he assured.
Masson-Wong takes revenge
Jade Masson-Wong had the opportunity to avenge the only defeat of her amateur career in front of hers and she did not miss it. In her professional debut, the Quebec City fighter beat Ontario’s Maggie Poulin (0-1) in the first round, then did enough during the next two to win by a unanimous decision (30-27, 29- 28, 29-28).
“I’m glad I could show him that I’m the best. To hear the crowd after, it was really cool, “said the smiling flyweight (125 pounds) after his fight. Welcomed on the octagon by a thunderous applause, she admitted to wondering in the last weeks if a fight at the Center Videtron for its debut pros “was not going to put too much pressure.”
But the crowd did not distract her, she assured. Admittedly, she spent a lot of energy in the first round, but it was not a matter of adrenaline. “I saw that I rang it sometimes during the round, so I thought I had to go.”
Asthmatic, Masson-Wong (1-0) also had to adjust to five-minute rounds, two more than amateurs. “I take my pumps before each fight, but it’s still my biggest challenge,” said the one who could count on the support of her husband Marc-André Barriault in his corner, a few hours before he made the cool of the final of the gala.