Yesterday at the Pepsi Centre in Quebec city, former world champion Eric Lucas was facing a tough opponent in Librado Andrade. Coming back to pro boxing after four years of inactivity, many thought that Andrade was too much for Lucas.
Both fighters gave a good show as they started to mix it up very early in the fight. Lucas seemed to have the early advantage with his efficient counter attacks. Andrade was tested in Round 3 as Lucas registered his best shots of the fight during that round.
But a nasty cut to Lucas' left eye slowed him down and Librado Andrade gradually picked up the pace. During Round 8, Lucas started to bleed heavily and the fight was stopped by the ring doctor. Lucas did not complain and accepted the verdict.
Both fighters congratulated each other after the bout and Lucas confirmed the fact that he will not fight again during the press conference that followed the event. Lucas fought with courage, at the exact image of the rest of his career.
Lucas' pro record shows 39 wins, eight losses, three draws, a WBC title reign, and numerous exciting fights. This very respectable athlete went way beyond the expectations during his career.
Thank you Eric Lucas for the memories and good luck in your future projects.
(Picture: Canadian Press.)