By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada at ringside
Antonin Decarie left things literally to the last second and scored a knockout of Terrence Cauthen (33-6 9KO) at 2:59 of the 10th and final round. The Montreal welterweight who moves 23-0 with his 7th stoppage was the aggressor on the afternoon and went after his New Jersey opponent who was credited by at least one judge of winning the rounds four thru seven. Come round eight though, Cauthen who took the fight on less than a week’s notice seemed to have hit a wall and had noticeably dropped his hands. Decarie took full advantage and landed a right with everything on it that took the southpaw down to the canvas for a count of eight. “The ninth round I tried to finish him but I was just too wide with my shots, said Decarie after the fight. “The 10th round though I just settled down and managed to catch him.” Cauthen ate a right to the body that left him gasping for air and referee Michael Griffin calling it off with the fighter still wincing and quickly making his way to a waiting stool.
Make it 18 for 18 as middleweight knockout sensation David Lemieux destroyed former ‘Contender’ series star Donnie McCrary (24-10-2 13KO) at 2:40 of the opening round. After exchanging combinations in the middle of the ring, McCrary walked straight back with his hands down and was brutalized by a Lemieux right hand, dropping the Missouri hard to the canvas in a crumpled heap. McCrary managed to beat the count, but Lemieux managed a right to the body and followed it immediately with another to the head which had McCrary down and out and the fight being called immediately.
Logan McGuinness remained perfect, scoring his 7th victory in as many tries by posting a 40-35, 39-36, 39-36 win over Jorge Banos (4-5-3) as boxing action returned to the Casino de Montreal for Saturday afternoon fight action. The Orangeville fighter started strong and finished strong as he went nicely up and down on his Montreal opponent, scoring to the body of Banos and connecting solidly upstairs in the opening round. After some back and forth action in the middle rounds where a game Banos was the more fluid of the two, able to score some nice combinations and taking the seconds round on two of the judges’ scorecards, McGuinness was able to come back strong in the final round, punctuating the victory with a knockdown of his opponent with forty seconds left in the fight. McGuinness was able to put his hands together scoring a nice four punch combination, ending in a left hand that drove Banos down into the corner where he stayed until a count of seven.
New arrival Elieder Alvarez continued to impress as the newly Columbian amateur star scored his second knockout on as many tries over Willard Lewis 17-22-3. Official time was at 1:40 of the second round after scoring a knockdown to end the first stanza. It was an impressive display of poise and power for the light-heavyweight who exhibited a telephone pole like jab coupled with a damaging right hand. Lewis is now winless in his last 19 fights, not scoring a victory in over eight years.
Montreal’s other new Columbian arrival, heavyweight Oscar Rivas was no less impressive, scoring his second victory and dominating over trial-horse Stephane Tessier and scoring a 40-35, 40-35, 40-34 victory. The loss drops Tessier to an embarrassing 3-23-1, but despite another loss on his record, Tessier comes to fight and provides rounds and rarely goes down or gets knocked out. Rivas was forced to work and work he did, firing off threes and fours for the duration on an always advancing Tessier. Rivas finally did land take down Tessier with an uppercut in the final round and charged until the final bell over an exhausted and bloodied opponent.