By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
Tonight’s boxing card at the Casino de Montreal will have a distinct Canadian flavor to it as the action will feature a majority of bouts starring boxers from outside Quebec. Headlining the action will be former WBA light middleweight world champion Joachim Alcine (31-1, 19 KOs) in hopes to working his way back to the top as he battles Christophe Canclaux (40-2, 25 KOs) for the WBO inter-continental junior middleweight championship. Undercard action will feature three Ontario boxers and featherweight Arash Usmanee (3-0, 2 KOs) of Alberta, making his Montreal debut.
Alcine will be making his second appearance with new trainer Buddy McGirt after a one year absence from the ring following his only career defeat, a knockout loss at the hands of Daniel Santos. “I spent a lot of time with my new trainer this time and we understand each other well,” said Alcine who arrived back home from Florida earlier this week. “I know that Canclaux is hungry and believes me to be vulnerable. I expect to be at my best Saturday.”
Alcine hopes that a win against the French born Canclaux, who is top-ten ranked by the three major sanctioning bodies, will be enough to propel himself back up the rankings and a world title shot in the year ahead. Nicknamed “Rocky”, Canclaux held the European crown from 2003 to 2007 and is currently rated at #4, #6 and #9 respectively by the WBC, WBA and the IBF.
The undercard will feature Troy Ross, as The Contender series stays busy as he takes a crack at a world title. Brazilian Daniel Bispo who has met up with the likes of Kevin Johnson and Fres Oquendo and was in Montreal four years ago against Claudio Rasco supplies the opposition for Ross who steps back into the ring for the second time since winning The Contender season four back in February.
Also appearing on the card will be a pair of Ontario lightweights, Tony Luis and Logan McGuinness who are both looking to stay undefeated. McGuinness is determined to be the first boxer to fight in Montreal to stop Cesar Soriano who makes his fifth visit to the city. The Mexican fighter has lost each time coming here but has gone the distance versus Bizier, Dan, Chebah and Dierry Jean. Tony Luis is one win behind McGuinness and hopes to keep pace as he looks for his eighth win in as many tries.
Also on the card will be Arash Usmanee who makes the trip east from Red Deer Alberta and will be looking for his fourth win. Heavyweight Wayne John also returns to the ring for the first time since 2007 where he made his pro debut on the Davey Hilton comeback card. Montreal fans also see a rare female bout in the city with Lucia Larcinesse fighting in her home town for the first time versus Karen Dulin.
Start time is 7pm for a rare Saturday evening card at The Casino and broadcast action on V Channel, available on most Canadian cable and satellite providers gets underway at 10pm.