By Dave Spencer at ringside
Montreal welterweight Antonin Decarie (30-2 9KO) scored a hard fought gutsy 98-92, 97-93, 96-94 unanimous decision over an awkward but determined Pablo Munguia (19-5 11KO) who came alive in the second half after Decarie suffered a badly cut left eye at the end of the fifth round. Referee Alain Villeneuve seemed to indicate that the cut which had the #8 ranked (WBC) welterweight definitely bothered for second half of the fight. “This you mean? Oh yeah it was a headbutt, but we expected that, especially with him being a southpaw.
“It happens almost every fight with me, I had it in game plan that I would have to fight with a cut. The last couple of rounds I just put the pressure on, I’d rather lose on a cut than lose because I don’t work hard enough.”
Munguia did make things interesting over the last half of the fight, winning the 6th and 7th, and battling hard over the last three.
In the co-feature, lightweight Roody Pierre-Paul (9-1 5KO) provided fireworks, scoring knockdowns in the first and the seventh and winning a unanimous 97-91, 97-91, 96-92 decision over Baha Laham (12-2-2 5KO) in what was a thrilling encounter from start to finish with both sides having huge vocal support from Lac Leamy Casino crowd in Gatineau Quebec.
In light-heavyweight action. Schiller Hyppolite (10-1 7KO) outworked and out-hustled Jermain Mackey (18-8 14KO) for six rounds until the Bahamian’s corner had seen enough for what was scheduled for ten.
Other winners on the night included light-heavyweight Francois Miville (7-1 3KO) with a KO victory at 1:54 of the opening round over Pascal Villeneuve (3-1 2KO). Steve Butler was successful in his pro debut with a TKO victory at 2:24 over Jean-Francois Plourde, handing the junior-middleweight his first loss and evening his record at 1-1.
Heavyweight Steve Harvey (5-1 2KO) came back from a badly cut eye over an absolutely exhausted Zack Bunce winning 38-37 on all three scorecards. There was some real concern for Bunce who made it to the end but needed medical attention after the fight but by all reports is now okay.
Samer Barakat had no problem in dispatching Matt Heim at 1:04 of the opening round in cruiserweight action while super-middles Mitch Louis-Charles and Guillaume Coude fought to a 39-37, 37-39, 38-38 draw.