By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Dorin Spivey had a lot working against him as fought for only the second time in two years. Taking the fight on one week’s notice, Spivey who has spent much of his 15 year career at lightweight went in as the prohibitive underdog against undefeated Antonin Decarie who is nine years his junior at 26. Decarie was able to retain his NABO welterweight belt by pounding out a 119-105, 118-106, 118-108 victory over the Portsmouth Virginia native. Decarie’s solid jab and higher work-rate was able to put rounds in the early going until the gas in Spivey’s tank started to diminish in the 6th round. Spivey was deducted a point for holding in the round, and despite repeated warnings and pleadings from referee Gerry Bolen, was again deducted another in the 8th. Decarie tumbled down to the canvas with one bullrush from Spivey but was still able to maintain composure and still pounded away on his overmatched opponent. Spivey fell to 35-6 with the defeat while Decarie remained perfect at 21-0.
Super-lightweight Ali Chebah push his record to 29-1 with a 79-73, 78-72, 78-72 decision over Cesar Soriano (19-22 13KO) of Mexico City. The French born Chebah who is presently fighting out of Montreal was able to walk forward all night with his hands down, constantly switching from righty to lefty. While it was enough to easily win the fight, it also was enough to swallow more right hands from Soriano than necessary in what was rather a lackluster affair.
Knockout sensation David Lemieux made in 13 knockouts in as many tries as opponent Rogelio Sanchez (7-20-4 11KO) did not answer the Bell for the 4th round of a scheduled six. It goes down as the second longest fight in the 20 year-olds career who coming up short on punches in the early and while Sanchez was landing with his big looping right hand. Lemieux though was able to deliver some thudding blows to the body over a quickly tiring opponent and was starting to dominate as the round ended.
U.S. Olympic alternate Danny O’Connor (3-0 1KO) wore out his right-hand glove on his way to a 40-34, 40-36, 40-36 victory over debuting Greg Jimenez of Toronto. After a sustained body attack in the second round by the southpaw, a rip occurred in the glove of O’Connor and a five minute break to replace it early in the third. The break served Jiminez well in the super-lightweight contest as he was able to make it to scorecards against the Seminole Warriors-promoted fighter.