By Dave Spencer
On a wintery night in Montreal, lightweight Ghislain Maduma (16-0 10KO) proved to be the perfect storm as he defended his NABF title with ease Wednesday night walking through challenger Mexican John Carlo Aparicio (26-8 21KO) and scoring a KO victory at 2:42 of the third round. The #3 ranked (WBC, #6IBF) lightweight scored with everything in his tool box serving notice he should be the next emerging name to watch out of Montreal. Aparicio could find no answers for the lightening storm coming his way and threw next to nothing along the way, waiting and hoping for opportunities that just weren’t there. Maduma scored with an uppercut with less than a minute left in round three that had the visiting Mexican getting up at the count of eight, still very bleary eyed and trying to shake the cobwebs. It was not to be though as Maduma wasted no time in driving Aparicio right back down where all he could do was listen as the ten count sped by him as he tried getting up from his knees.
The fight capped off a 7 bout card put on by Eye of the Tiger at a new venue for boxing in Montreal, New City Gas. It was Maduma who was supplying the gas though as he broke out of the gates in a hurry backing up his opponent with sturdy jabs and landing in rapid succession, punishing the body at every opportunity. It was the quickest stoppage of Aparicio’s career who did go the distance for a WBC Silver title at 140 pounds a little over a year ago.
In the night’s co-feature, welterweight Antonin Decarie served notice that he is back and ready for business. The Montreal welterweight who scored a stoppage victory on HBO versus undefeated Alex Perez in 2012 is one fight removed only his second career loss and looked more than ready to show he once again ready to climb the ladder of the 147 pound division. Decarie (29-2 9KO) destroyed Cesar Chavez (21-6 9KO), handing the Mexican fighter his 3rd consecutive stoppage loss and his fourth in five fights, all inside three rounds. Decarie scored up and down on his opponent in the opening round before shifting gears and scoring three knockdowns in the second, scoring the TKO victory at 2:06. Decarie dropped Chavez with a right hand thirty seconds into the stanza and had him on shaky legs for the duration as the Montreal fighter pounded out two more takedowns for an early night.
It was the first fight for Decarie under the promotional arm of Eye of the Tiger and 31 year-old proved he had no problem finishing the show given the chance. He did exactly what was required of him, getting rid of an over-matched opponent quickly and effectively. For Chavez, Canada certainly has not been kind to him, he lasted less than a minute when brought in in 2012 for Mikael Zewski’s 17th victory.
In super-middleweight action, Schiller Hyppolite (9-1 6KO) was impressive in handing Daniel Urbanski (21-15-3 5KO) of Poland his 8th straight defeat with a TKO win at 1:20 of round three. Urbanski has been inching up from junior-middleweight over the last couple of years and has proven if nothing else, he has been durable. The Polish 29-year-old despite losing seven straight had gone to the scorecards each time. Hyppolite promptly handed Urbanski fighting outside Europe for the first time his quickest defeat to date with a pair of body shots and a scintillating uppercut to score three quick knockdowns and end things early.
In an all-Canadian lightweight matchup, Roody Pierre-Paul (8-1 5KO) came storming back after dropping the first three rounds, scoring a stunning TKO victory at 2:24 of the 4th in a scheduled eight over Ibrahim Kamal (9-2 6KO). It was all Kamal for the first three rounds, controlling the action with his jab as he was clearly the quicker of the two fighters. Pierre-Paul never stopped coming forward though and landed a mammoth left hand, almost knocking the Toronto fighter through the ropes. Kamal managed to get to his feet but could not recover as Pierre-Paul seized the opportunity and pressured until the referee jumped in and stopped the contest.
In many ways, it was eerily similar to Kamal’s only other loss, also a 4th round TKO in a fight where he was comfortably ahead and controlling the action before getting caught. Pierre-Paul had never scored a victory against a fighter with a winning record before and definitely looked second best over the first three, He wasn’t so much coming forward as me as he was being led on a chain, but in a battle of southpaws, Pierre-Paul found his mark when Kamal had found himself on the ropes and no escape route.
Other action on the night included welterweight Mian Hussain (8-0 4KO) sweep the scorecards in a six rounder Jonathon Tavira (9-2 7KO) of Italy. Lightweight Mick Gadbois (10-0-2 3KO) remained undefeated with a razor thin 58-56 (x3) decision over Michelino Di Mari (2-3-1). Lots of leather was traded in an exciting fight where both combatants had their moments. The Italian visitor seemed to be taking control in the 3rd and 4th rounds able to land effectively and make a tiring Gadbois miss. But the hometown fighter came roaring back with a dominating 5th and a final frame where both were able to score. Opening the evening was Mitch Louis Charles (3-1-1) who scored three 3rd round knockdowns in defeating Ferenc Zold (17-20 6KO) loser of eight straight, all by knockout.