By Dave Spencer at ringside
WBA #8 welterweight Antonin Decarie (25-1, 7 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Shamone Alvarez (21-4, 12 KOs) on Friday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Decarie dropped Alvarez in rounds five and eight.
A clash between WBC #3, WBA #7 welterweight Jo Jo Dan (28-1, 15 KOs) and former super featherweight champion Steve Forbes (35-9, 11 KOs) ended in round six technical deciuion for Dan after an unintentional head butt left Forbes unable to continue.
Full Report: Welterweight Antonin Decarie (25-1 7KO) dominated most of the action against 34-year-old Shamone “The Truth” Alvarez (21-4 12KO), scoring a pair of knockdowns in the fifth and eighth rounds on his way to a convincing 97-91, 99-89, 98-90 unanimous decision in front of small but enthusiastic crowd from the Bell Centre in Montreal.
The visiting New Jersey fighter after an aggressive first round looked to be on weakened legs as soon as the second round after Decarie quickly turned things around and earned his opponent’s respect with crisp combinations that were landed on an often squared up Alvarez. The Montreal welterweight who is now two fights removed from his only career loss, a hotly contested interim world title in France versus Souleymane M’Baye put up a solid effort throughout the contest, showing good lateral movement, keeping his slower opponent off balance and scoring some good right hands along the way.
After landing numerous clean combinations to start the fifth round Decarie scored with a perfect overhand right, putting Alvarez on his backside and on the canvas against the ropes.
Decarie would again put Alvarez down in the eighth with a right hand in the centre of the ring and forcing the Atlantic City fighter to touch down with his glove.
Alvarez who was badly cut over the left eye in the eighth fought bravely over the course of the final two rounds but wasn’t able to do any real damage to fleet footed and surprisingly strong Decarie. An exciting ninth had the fighters going toe-to-toe for almost the entire three minutes with Decarie trying to finish the job and Alvarez looking for the come from behind victory. Decarie though would prevail and walk away the one sided victory that should push him up from his #8 spot in the WBA.
An accidental clash of heads ended things early at the Bell Centre in Montreal as former world champion Steve “2-Pound” Forbes could not continue due to a cut over his left eye after 30 seconds of the 6th round, leaving the bout to the scorecards and Jo Jo Dan the winner by a 58-56 margin on three scorecards. Dan who is ranked #3 WBC goes to 28-1 with the shortened victory while Forbes drops to 35-9. “I’m happy with my victory against my most experienced opponent so far,” said Dan following the fight. “It’s a true victory, I wish it had gone longer, but I was happy with my performance. I was happy about the fight, my opponent was slick and I just tried to win it round by round. It was hard to keep my patience, I had to fight smart and keep my distance and I managed to do that.”
Lightweight Ghilain Maduma moved to 3-0 with a 40-36, 40-36, 40-34 win over Isaac Bejarano (9-9-1 7KO) in a swing bout in advance of the main event from the Bell centre featuring Antonin Decarie and Shamone Alvarez featured on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights.
Three left hooks and three knockdowns made it an early night for undefeated welterweight Kevin Bizier (14-0 10KO) of Quebec City over veteran Edgar Ruiz (21-9-1 13KO) now boxing out of Los Angeles California. The end came quickly at 1:24 of the opening round with Ruiz’s legs flying out from under him and crashing flat on his back for the third and final time. It goes down as the sixth opponent Bizier has destroyed in the first round and the quickest loss for former NABO champion Ruiz who has faced off against the likes of Cory Spinks and the late Vernon Forrest.
Super-middleweight Nicholson Poulard destroyed last minute substitute Patrick Tessier (4-12-2 2KO) at 1:17 of the opening round. Poulard (16-3 8KO), brother of light-heavyweight world champion Jean Pascal landed a hard right that stunned the over-matched Tessier who thought it best to take a knee. Bouncing up at the canvas at the count of eight Tessier headed straight away from the action and into the far corner where referee wisely called an end to the mismatch.
Heavyweight Oscar Rivas (4-0 1KO) didn’t look his sharpest, but did dominate the majority of action against a rugged David Whittom (11-14-1 7KO). Rivas who was fighting for the first time in over a year due to visa troubles in his native Colombia had to settle for a surprising 38-38, 39-37, 40-36 majority decision.
Montreal fans were fortunate enough to be treated to a third visit from Carlos Martinez of Mexico who now sports a less than spectacular 5-10 record after his bout was mercifully called at 2:21 of the fourth round with winner super-featherweight Tyler Asselstine (4-0 3KO) scoring five knockdowns along the way for the easy victory. Things are getting any better for Martinez who has now lost four in a row and been stopped inside of four a total of six times.