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.
Mark Hominick finished out the remainder of his contract with TKO last night and earned a unanimous decision over Danny Martinez along the way.
The two came swinging from the opening bell but it was Hominick (15-7) that connected with combinations by a far greater margin. Martinez (6-1) ended up being knocked down on two separate occasions in the first round. Martinez came out even more aggressive at the start of the second but Hominick continued to pick Martinez apart with a combination of punches and kicks.
Hominick’s success continued into the final round as he out-landed Martinez 2-1 en route to an obvious decision by the judges. Martinez was taken to a nearby hospital for observation after the fight.
During a post-fight interview, Hominick indicated that he’d like to face Cub Swanson upon his return to action in the WEC next year.
Chad Reiner used superior submission skills to put away Stephane Dube in the first round of their bout.
The two hit the canvas only seconds after the start of the opening round and never got back up. Reiner (16-3) was able to take Dube’s back with his first takedown attempt but was also able to quickly lock in an arm-triangle once Dube (6-3) tried to find his way back into guard.
After softening his opponent up with punches, Reiner took Dube’s back for a second time and made a couple of rear naked choke attempts before finally deciding to sink in an armbar that forced Dube to tap out.
Ben Greer was able to get back on track with a submission win over long-time TKO/UCC veteran Stephane Vigneault.
Greer (11-3) scored an impressive slam on Vigneault (9-5) to start the festivities and worked some ground and pound before the veteran was able to work his way back to his feet. They exchanged on the feet for a few moments before Vigneault returned the favor by taking Greer down and controlling him from the top position until the end of the round.
The start of the second saw Vigneault attempt to end things early with a wild left haymaker that was off target. The error allowed Greer to capitalize and take his opponent down to the mat again. Vigneault attempted a triangle but Greer was able to work his way out of it and transition into a modified armbar that forced Vigneault to tap a little over a minute into the round.
Lance Evans was able to stop local product Bob Landry with strikes in the culmination of a long-awaited bout between the two.
The older brother of UFC light heavyweight contender Rashad Evans was taken down by Landry early in the round but was able to sweep his opponent and reverse the position. The two found themselves back on the feet for a brief moment before Evans (2-2) found himself on top of Landry (2-2) once again. A controversial finish to the fight then followed.
While Evans worked an effective ground and pound assault on his opponent, Landry looked over to 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.
Thierry Quenneville (11-7) earned a unanimous decision over KOTC and DEEP veteran Yoon Heo (3-4-1) in the first main card bout of the evening.
A scheduled bout between Mark Fraser and Eric Leclerc was postponed after a negative MRI result was produced by Fraser.
Guillaume Lamarche def. Stephane Bernadel - Submission (Triangle)
Adil Ayoudi def. Ben Gallant - Submission (Armbar)
Alexis Davis def. Valerie Letourneau - Split Decision
Yannick Galipeau def. Josh Bitner - TKO (Strikes)