Boxing: Jessica Camara surprised

Boxing: Jessica Camara surprise


The vacant IBF international light welterweight title eluded adopted Montrealer Jessica Camara (10-4, 2 KOs), upset by Mexican Karla Ramos Zamora ( 10-9-1, 3 K.-O.), yesterday, at Place Bell in Laval, on the undercard of the IBF light heavyweight playoff fight between Jean Pascal and the German Michael Eifert. 

Camara knew her last-minute rival was pugnacious, and she saw it in the ring. Ramos Zamora presents a misleading record, since she had already rubbed shoulders with four future world champions, including Marie-Eve Dicaire. 

This time, Ramos Zamora came to play the spoilsports in the beautiful province. She often cornered Camara in the cables, hammering her with powerful and precise blows.

The 34-year-old Quebecer had a few chances on her return home after three years of absence, without succeeding however in win. 

It was enough for the 29-year-old Mexican to bounce back. Despite a damaged left eye, Ramos Zamora opened the machine and referee Martin Forest had no choice but to end the attack at 1:46 of the fourth round, seeing that the native of the Ontario was no longer defending itself.

This loss to a last-minute opponent is a blow to Camara, who lost by split decision for the unified WBA, IBO and WBO light welterweight titles against Kali Reis in 2021.

Veyre continues on his way

Caroline Veyre (3-0) continued her beautiful transition from amateurs to professionals by defeating French featherweight champion Anaëlle Angerville (5-2) by unanimous decision.

The judges named her the winner with cards of 60-54, 59-55 and 59-55.

Cheered on by the crowd, the 34-year-old Paris-born Montrealer saw the former world champion in muay-thai (Thai boxing) ) start strong, reaching her solidly. 

But as she said a few days ago, Veyre worked hard on her defensive end and it paid off.

Angerville, who agreed last week to fight in Quebec, quickly lost her momentum, exhausted from throwing punches in the air. 

The gold medalist at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto and quarter-finalist at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics adjusted, dodging most of Angerville's attacks the further the fight progressed. The 33-year-old Frenchwoman saw her winning streak come to an end at four.

Galle makes friends

As a curtain raiser, Ontario's Amanda Galle (8-0, 1 KO) and Mexico's Lorena Aispuro (4-3) warmed up the crowd well, trading blow for blow for the majority of the match. clash. 

Galle, who showed up in the ring wearing a Canadiens jersey to the delight of the spectators, received the favor of the judges who gave her the winner by unanimous decision thanks to scores of 79-73, 80-72 and 80-72.

Although the 33-year-old Canadian super bantamweight champion bent the knees of her opponent in the seventh and penultimate round, who was fighting outside of her country for the first time in professional competition, the duel was hotly contested.


Then, Yoel Angeloni (2-0) did not take long to win ahead of the Mexican Alexander Calixto (1-2, 1 K.-O.). The former 2019 European junior champion knocked down his poor rival three times despite a low kick from Calixto and referee Martin Forest ended the hostilities at 1:29 of the second round.


The 19-year-old hopeful, who wore shorts with the colors of Italy on the front (in honor of his father) and those of Cuba on the back (for his mother), proved that he was serious and that he would be one to watch.

Quick St. Patrick's Day!

Irishman Joseph Ward (9-1 , 5 K.-O.) was eager to celebrate St. Patrick's Day and he did not linger in the ring, defeating the Mexican Andrade Rodriguez (7-1, 4 K.-O.) from the start. initial onslaught of this matchup at light heavyweight.

The 29-year-old former world amateur vice-champion landed a solid right, then two left hooks that finished Rodriguez. At 1:31, the referee had already seen enough.

The serious knee injury suffered by Ward in his first professional fight at Madison Square Garden in New York in 2019 seems a long way off, the athlete Olympic Games at the Rio Games in 2016 having since recorded nine successes.