Icho Larenas

Report: Larenas-Evans Pulled From TKO 32


Icho Larenas is interviewed after his win over Jacob Conliffe at TKO 20. Photo by Luigi Di Serio.

A scheduled bout between former TKO heavyweight champion Icho Larenas and Lance Evans at TKO 32: Ultimatum has apparently been scrapped.

The news comes from our buddy Scott at TKO Xtreme, who reports that Larenas has been forced to pull out of the bout due to undisclosed personal issues.

Larenas was coming off of a controversial stoppage win over popular Quebec hockey enforcer Steve Bosse at TKO 31: Young Guns last month. TKO president Stephane Patry claims that Larenas may have verbally submitted after receiving an unintentional poke in the eye during the second round. Larenas reportedly told referee Yves Lavigne that he was unable to see and Lavigne ended up giving Larenas a few minutes to recover.

Under the rules of the Quebec Athletic Commission, the fight should have been stopped once Larenas said he was experiencing vision problems. The bout was put under review by the Quebec Athletic Commission but we still haven’t been able to find out any information pertaining to an official decision.

Bosse will be taking on Scott Wright at the event.

A heavyweight bout between Ben Gallant and Jeff Lundberg will be added in order to round out the card. Both are relative newcomers to the sport of mixed martial arts. Gallant was victorious in his only career fight so far, submitting Adil Ayoubi at TKO 31 in December. Lundberg will be making his professional debut at the event.

TKO Announces Larenas-Evans for “Ultimatum”


Icho Larenas is interviewed after his win over Jacob Conliffe at TKO 20. Photo by Luigi Di Serio.

Well a rematch against Steve Bosse won’t be happening at TKO 32: Ultimatum for Icho Larenas but that doesn’t mean that the former TKO heavyweight champion won’t be facing a tough challenge.

TKO Championship Fighting has announced that Larenas will take on fellow heavyweight Lance Evans at the event.

Larenas is coming off of a controversial stoppage win over popular Quebec hockey enforcer Steve Bosse at TKO 31: Young Guns last month. TKO president Stephane Patry claims that Larenas may have verbally submitted after receiving an unintentional poke in the eye during the second round. Larenas reportedly told referee Yves Lavigne that he was unable to see and Lavigne ended up giving Larenas a few minutes to recover.

Under the rules of the Quebec Athletic Commission, the fight should have been stopped once Larenas said he was experiencing vision problems. The bout was put under review by the Quebec Athletic Commission but we haven’t been able to find out any information pertaining to an official decision.

Evans, the older brother of UFC light heavyweight contender Rashad Evans, was victorious in his last fight as well, stopping Bob Landry with strikes in the first round of their fight.

Just like Larenas-Bosse, the fight was a controversial one. While Evans worked an effective ground and pound assault on his opponent, Landry looked over to referee Yves Lavigne to let him know that he had been illegally struck in the back of the head. Since the bout was not stopped, Evans continued to pound away with strikes and forced Lavigne to stop the bout. Landry put up a minor protest after the fight but his argument went on deaf ears.

Larenas-Bosse Rematch May Happen at TKO 32


Steve Bosse throws a right hand against Jody Burke at TKO 30. Photo by Al Quintero.

A rematch between former TKO heavyweight champion Icho Larenas and popular hockey enforcer Steve Bosse may take place at TKO 32: Ultimatum on February 28th according to TKO president Stephane Patry.

Patry indicated the possibility of the fight to The Fight Network earlier this week.

Larenas and Bosse fought for the first time at TKO 31: Young Guns last month where Larenas ended up stopping Bosse with strikes in the third round.

After the fight, Patry stated that Larenas may have verbally submitted after receiving an unintentional poke in the eye during the second round. Larenas reportedly told referee Yves Lavigne that he was unable to see and Lavigne ended up giving Larenas a few minutes to recover.

Under the rules of the Quebec Athletic Commission, the fight should have been stopped once Larenas said he was experiencing vision problems. The bout was put under review by the Quebec Athletic Commission but we haven’t been able to find out any information pertaining to an official decision.

Bosse is currently recovering from a hand injury that will keep him out of action for 2-3 weeks.

Larenas-Bosse Under Review by QAC

Loretta Hunt of The Fight Network is reporting that the fight between former TKO Heavyweight Champion Icho Larenas and popular hockey enforcer Steve Bosse that took place at TKO 31: Young Guns this past weekend is currently under review by the Quebec Athletic Commission.

TKO president Stephane Patry revealed the news on The Fight Network’s daily radio show yesterday.

According to Patry, the QAC will be looking to see if Larenas verbally submitted during the bout. Larenas suffered an unintentional poke in the eye by Bosse during the second round of the bout. Referee Yves Lavigne stopped the bout and allowed the ringside physician to take a look at Larenas.

Larenas apparently told Lavigne that he was unable to see and Lavigne ended up giving Larenas a few minutes to recover:

“It was bad. The doctor [asked] me if I could see and I said, ‘No, I can’t see. I was seeing double. It was bad, very bad,” Larenas told The Fight Network following the bout. “I couldn’t focus, so he told me ‘Take your time. We’ll give you two or three minutes to decide.”

Now this is an interesting situation. Normally when a fighter can’t see because of a cut the fight is always stopped. But this is a poke in the eye. Fighters are traditionally given up to five minutes to recover. If the doctor checked his eye, cleared him to continue, and Larenas said that he wanted to keep fighting even though he said that he couldn’t see earlier, there’s no reason to overturn the decision since the events occurred under the correct guidelines.

Here’s Patry’s take on things:

“[Yves] Lavigne, the referee, checked the cut and then he had the right to call the doctor in, which he did, which is perfect,” Patry said. “But once the doctor has a look at the cut, he has to decide right away can he continue – yes or no. If the doctor says ‘Yes’, which he did, then the referee has to [ask] Icho ‘Yes or no?’ If Icho says ‘Yes,’ he has to continue. If he says ‘No,’ Bosse wins by TKO. Icho told the referee ‘I can’t see anything,’ and he took the five minutes. It’s not Icho’s fault. They gave him five minutes. Of course he’s going to take it.”

It seems to me already that there are mixed signals here. It’s going to come down to the commission’s interpretation of Larenas’ original “I can’t see.” If they interpret that as Larenas giving up before having his eye checked, then Bosse would become the winner by TKO due to injury. It’s going to be interesting to hear the ruling.

Soszynski-Larenas Put on Hold

MMA on Tap has learned that TKO Heavyweight Champion Krzysztof Soszynski will not be defending his title against former champ Icho Larenas at TKO’s next event in February.

The Fight Network is reporting that Soszynski has signed on to compete under the EliteXC banner in the same month. An opponent for Soszynski has not yet been announced.

With Soszynski now fighting in another promotion, it will be close to a year and a half in February since Soszynski won the title from Larenas. Soszynski has yet to defend his title yet alone fight in TKO since then.

No word yet on whether or not Stephane Patry and company are planning on doing something about the heavyweight title situation but it doesn’t seem that Soszynski is coming back anytime soon.

Bosse Loses Heartbreaker to Larenas at TKO 31

Steve Bosse throws a right against Jody Burke at TKO 30. Photo by Al Quintero.

Montreal’s most popular hockey enforcer suffered the first defeat of his young but promising career as Steve Bosse put together two decisive rounds only to ultimately end up losing in the final stanza to former TKO Heavyweight Champion Icho Larenas in front of over 6,000 at the Bell Centre in Montreal that came to see TKO 31: Young Guns.

Bosse was the aggressor from the start of the bout. While Larenas (4-3) refused to back down compared to opponents that have encountered Bosse (2-1) in the past, it was clear that the ability to control the pace of the fight was clearly in Bosse’s favor. He peppered Larenas with combinations throughout the first two rounds to gain the advantage on the judge’s scorecards.

The third round began in a similar fashion compared to the first two but that all changed when Larenas opted to take Bosse down to the mat. A visibly fatigued Bosse looked out of place on his back and the former champion took advantage, delivering an assault of unanswered strikes that eventually forced referee Yves Lavigne to stop the bout.

After the fight, Larenas let everyone know he’s back for good after taking time away from the sport to deal with some personal issues.

“I want to fight anyone and everyone,” said Larenas. I don’t care who it might be. I’m back full-time and I’m training hard. It’s time to get my belt back.”

The win over Bosse sets up a potential championship rematch between Larenas and Krzysztof Soszynski at some point next year.

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Steve Bosse: Riding a Wave of Confidence

To even some of the “hardcore” MMA fans, Steve Bosse is nothing more than a young heavyweight that has potential. However to the citizens of Quebec and fans of the LNAH, widely known as the world’s toughest hockey league to play in, Bosse is much more.

Unlike the rest of his fellow hockey brethren that have competed in MMA, Bosse has parlayed mixed martial arts into something that just might become bigger than his career on the ice. Bosse has spent a total of 3:22 minutes in the cage, scoring two straight impressive stoppage victories. Now just 12 months into his professional MMA career, Bosse finds himself headlining his first event and already in line for a possible title shot at some point next year.

Bosse is on an amazing run, both on the ice and on the canvas. But where did it all start?

In order to find the answer we have to go back to November 3rd of last year when Bosse took on Jon “Nasty” Mirasty in one of the most exciting fights in LNAH history. Mirasty was generally known as the best scrapper in the league at the time. Bosse? He was tough but always seemed to lose when it came to taking on the elite fighters that the league had to offer. That all changed when Bosse landed a flurry of right hands that sent Mirasty down for the count.

Since that date, Bosse has been regarded as the “heavyweight champ” of the LNAH, continuing to win his fights in spectacular fashion. His success has translated over to MMA where he has also dominated those that have stood in front of him. Will that success continue tonight?

Icho Larenas is by far Bosse’s toughest test to date. The UFC veteran is also TKO’s former heavyweight champion and will no doubt want to get back into the title picture with a win over Bosse.

Both fighters share similar styles and size. Larenas holds the edge in experience but the momentum is clearly in Bosse’s favor. The key to this fight is obviously who will be able to impose their will on the other. Bosse needs to put on a mistake-free fight in my opinion. Larenas certainly has the ability to capitalize on any errors that an inexperienced Bosse may make.

It’ll be interesting to see what happens later tonight. Want my pick? Visit later tonight where I’ll make some predictions before the start of our live blog.