Victoria’s Adam Braidwood, the World Boxing Union (WBU) heavyweight champion, entered the ring at the Casino de Montreal Saturday and came out a winner by knockout, but not before there was some extracurricular activity.
After Braidwood defeated his opponent, Jesus Manuel Paez of Mexico, he had an entertaining exchange with future opponent Simon Kean from Trois Rivieres; the two will likely fight in Montreal in June. They have a long history of jousting over social media. Kean is the heavyweight Intercontinental champion.
“I am glad my opponent fought hard tonight, but I punch harder than anyone and it’s only a matter of time before Kean feels it,” shared Braidwood.
The fight versus Paez lasted 2:15 of the first round before Paez took a combination to the head ending with a right to the chin.
Braidwood’s record moves to 12-1 with 11 wins by KO or TKO and one win by unanimous decision.
Paez drops to 9-5 with 7 by KO.
When referee Steve St. Germain stopped the fight, Kean, who is managed by Eye of the Tiger Management – who organized Saturday’s fight card – was in the house. He stepped into the ring, the two exchanged words for some time before Kean left.
Apparently, the head of combat sports, Michel Hamelin, intervened before things got out of hand.
Braidwood has a scheduled fight on April 28 against Hugo Leon in Edmonton. Kean (13-0, 12 by KO) is expected to enter the ring of the Videotron Centre in Quebec City on April 7 against Mexico’s Ignacio Esparza (21-2, 14 KOs).