Alan Dawson – London
The momentum Pier-Olivier Cote gathered in 2011 continued in his first bout of 2012 as the Canadian up-and-comer secured a fifth round technical knockout over Mark Lloyd on the Lucian Bute versus Carl Froch undercard at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham on Saturday, May 26. When Cote got going, he was exciting, but the four rounds that preceded his finishing round were uneventful.
Official verdict: Cote by way of fifth round TKO.
Considering regionally-experienced Mark Lloyd had not yet fully established himself on the national scene in Britain, there was always a danger he could be out of his depth against Pier-Olivier Cote, a Canadian super featherweight champion and one of the more notable super lightweight prospects from 2011. Indeed, Cote dominated the opening stanza with his swift fists and double jabs while Lloyd simply assessed what was in front of him but it was not until the fifth round where Cote established his authority.
Like Interbox stablemate and Capital FM Arena headliner Lucian Bute, Cote is partial to body blows and demonstrated good combination work – to the head and midsection – in the first two rounds. Lloyd became more aggressive in the second round, closed the gap to trade on the inside but, whenever he did so, Cote either clinched or pumped uppercuts into the Englishman’s frame. That rapid succession of uppercutting became a motif for the round and eventually inspired the 27-year-old’s traveling support to chant his nickname – ‘Apou! Apou! Apou!’
While the fluidity in Cote’s game had begun to dissipate as early as round three and, bar the jab, he became over-reliant on the right hand, he was still one level above Lloyd whose experience at the higher weights – welterweight and junior middleweight – stood him in good stead against the 140lb power of Cote. That was, until, round five’s genesis when Cote’s left jab/right uppercut combo put Lloyd on his seat and forced the referee to administer a mandatory eight count.
As seemingly uneventful Cote was in the first half of the fight (against a challenger who was serving the purpose of a heavy bag) when Pier-Olivier sensed danger, he really enhanced his shot output, power and aggression, putting Lloyd down a second time with a sweetly scientific left hook before stopping the Brit on his feet moments before the round’s end. The stoppage was timely… Lloyd was behind but not outclassed for the first four rounds but was in no position to continue when Cote hit higher gears in the fifth.
With the victory, Cote rose to 19-0-0, 13ko.
On The Beak – Admin
Carl Frampton will provide the chief support on the undercard of Carl Froch’s IBF super middleweight world title challenge to Lucian Bute in Nottingham on May 26. The Commonwealth super bantamweight champion will fight at the Capital FM Arena in front of a huge global audience with the event aired by EPIX in the United States, Canada, Russia, Germany, Spain, Scandinavia and Japan, amongst others.
The unbeaten 25-year-old defended his Commonwealth title for the second time in Sheffield on March 17 with a second round knockout of Ghanaian Prosper Ankrah, following his explosive win over Kris Hughes at York Hall, Bethnal Green in January with a knockout of the year contending right hand in the seventh.
It’s a stacked undercard of young talent with Islington’s Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng defending his English light middleweight title against Nottingham’s AA Lowe, who landed the shot at Ochieng after beating fellow Nottinghamshire fighter Terry Maughan with a fourth round stoppage to claim the British Masters title.
International flavour is added by Bute’s fellow Canadian Pier Olivier Cote and the IBF Inter-Continental light welterweight champion will face Wolverhampton’s Mark Lloyd as Cote fights for the first time in the UK.
Islington’s exciting middleweight star John Ryder is looking to move to 11-0 and faces a tough night against Yorkshire’s Luke Robinson, and fellow Matchroom Sport fighter Ryan Aston also fights on the bill.
Team GB star Scotty Cardle will make his third pro outing and local fighters Leigh Wood and Adnan Amar will also taste the action on a huge night of top class action in their city.
“It’s a great line-up and another chance for Carl Frampton to get massive exposure,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “The unbeaten super bantamweight star heads an exciting undercard group alongside Erick Ochieng, Pier Olivier Cote, John Ryder, Ryan Aston and Scotty Cardle, who will provide plenty of entertainment to a global TV audience before the mouth-watering main event.”
Denzil Stone – Atlantic City
Pier Olivier Cote‘s handlers thrust their charge into what was, on paper, his most arduous test in his professional career as he took on tall American Jorge Luis Teron at the Colisee Pepsi on Saturday, November 5. What transpired, though, was a two round demolition job as Cote methodically turned Teron’s face to pulp and, save a minor scare at the end of round one, continued his dominance in the second where he finished the job with a clinical one-two move.
Judges verdict: N/a.
Rising super lightweight fringe contender Pier Olivier Cote began systematically working Jorge Luis Teron from the beginning of round one, striking the visiting fighter with a big hook punch and then, moments later, he made Teron’s knees buckle with a sharp barrage of looping shots and a roundhouse hook that backed Teron onto the turnbuckle. In the opening stanza’s final minute he thundered a right uppercut into Teron’s face and, sensing a finish, left his chin open and began flurrying. His vulnerability was exposed, though, when Teron caught Cote clean with a huge right hand that completely weakened Cote’s legs and forced him to clinch when he had recovered his senses.
The first move of the second round – a one-two/ left jab/right hand dispatched by Cote – put Teron on his seat. With blood trickling from his nose, Teron made the count but within seconds, he was again flat out and knocked out due to a right hand to the body and a left hand hooked over the top. With a potentially broken nose and blood smeared all over his face, Teron was all over the place. Cote’s performance was huge… he was rocked, recovered between rounds, then finished the job like a pro.
With the win, Cote rose to 18-0-0, 12ko, cemented his reputation as a thunderous puncher and a dangerous opponent and claimed the vacant IBF Intercontinental super lightweight title. In defeat, Teron dropped to 25-3-1, 17ko.
Petra Kirsch – Gelsenkirchen
Rising Canadian prospect Pier-Olivier Cote, who campaigns in the 140 pound weight class having been a national champoin at super featherweight (130lbs), gained a decision win over durable Mexican Pedro Navarrete at the Romexpo in Bucharest, Romania on Saturday, July 9 in the introductory undercard bout to Lucian Bute’s voluntary defence of his IBF title, however, Cote and Navarrete failed to provide any fireworks.
Judges verdict: 80-75, 80-73, 80-71, unanimous decision to Cote.
Cote took command of the centre of the ring from the off while Navarrete worked around him. Navarrete, of Mexico, used mild lateral movement… he was dancing around the logo in the middle of the ring instead of the using the full space of the ring which allowed Cote to root his boots more, sit down on his punches and get more power in. There was, though, very little action to speak of in the first round but Navarrete was the more negative.
Cote looked to land a few power shots in the opening minute of the second stanza – most notably, the straight right. Navarrete, in comparison, seemed loathe to commit. Cote was the superior technician, feeling out distance with his jab and, occasionally, putting more than one punch together. The one-two, in particular, worked well for the Canadian super lightweight prospect and found success with the jab to the head followed by a right hook to the breadbasket.
The fight finally kicked into a higher gear when Cote let his punches go in the third round. The body shots continued to sting Navarrete and, for a man who was moving far more than the attacker, it was a shrewd tactic intended to slow the 29-year-old from South America. Another factor that could have a bearing on fatigue was the unusually warm arena that the fighters were competing in.
Survival tactics came into play in the fourth as Navarrete resorted to spoiling Cote’s momentum by clinching. Even though Cote was in control, he was not dominant and was doing just enough to win each round. His jab was not well-worked and it also lacked accuracy, however, he forced Navarrete’s head back with one strong jab in the first half of the round. Cote’s best punches were the body-bound hooks and the head-bound straights.
Cote waited for Navarrete to attack him in the fifth round and countered effectively with a right hand that landed flush. Cote may have been watching Wladimir Klitschko in Germany last weekend against David Haye as, midway through the round, he began leaning on Navarrete, pushing his weight down on him to sap him of energy and this resulted in Navarrete taking a knee, but not a count.
Cote scored with a strong overhand right and a hard left hook in the sixth. The left hand again troubled Navarrete in the seventh after feinting with his right hand. Cote’s greatest flaw that was evident on this night was that, despite his speed of hand and ability to trouble his opponent, he showed no finishing skills.
Neither fighter showed signs of aggression throughout the contest and so a last round knockout was always unlikely. Cote may have won every round but Navarrete may well have been brought in just for Cote to throw punches at. In front of a sell-out Romexpo stadium in Romania, Cote had a chance to impress a new audience outside of his native Canada, but he will have won few fans with his timid win.
He rarely threw combinations, did not double up on his jab and threw solitary power shots to the head and body in order to gain his victory. Cote rose to 17-0-0, 9ko following the triumph, while Navarrete dropped to 26-12-3, 15ko.