Marie-Eve Dicaire regained her IBF junior middleweight title and recorded her first knockout as a professional Friday night.

Quebec’s Dicaire stopped previously unbeaten Cynthia Lozano in the seventh round of their 154-pound title fight on the Artur Beterbiev-Marcus Browne undercard at Bell Centre in Montreal. Dicaire, 35, fought for the first time since unbeaten three-division champion Claressa Shields dominated her in their 154-pound title unification match March 5 in Flint, Michigan, Shields’ hometown.

Dicaire (18-1, 1 KO) basically battered Mexico’s Lozano (9-1, 7 KOs) until referee Albert Padulo Jr. heeded the request of Lozano’s trainer and stopped the action 1:03 into the seventh round. Lozano was still on her feet when their scheduled 10-rounder ended.

The left-handed Dicaire won back the IBF belt she lost to Shields, who has moved back up to the middleweight division for her next fight.

Dicaire drilled Lozano with two straight left hands with just under 1:15 to go in the seventh round, which signaled the beginning of the end. The two-time champion continued to blast Lozano with hard, unanswered shots, which prompted Padulo to step between them.

The awkward Lozano exhibited toughness during the fifth and sixth rounds, but the accurate, skilled Dicaire completely controlled the action in those rounds, mostly with her left hand.

Dicaire continued to pick apart Lozano during a completely one-sided fourth round by connecting with counter lefts and other flush punches. Dicaire basically beat up Lozano throughout the third round, which she landed an array of straight lefts and right hooks.

Lozano drilled Dicaire with a right hand early in the second round, which made Dicaire hold her. That emerged as Lozano’s best moment of what devolved into a one-sided fight.

Dicaire went after Lozano as soon as the opening bell rang, but she was met with resistance. Dicaire fell to the canvas early in the first round, but it was caused by their legs becoming tangled.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.