By Dave Spencer at ringside
For the second time in twenty-four hours, a Montreal fighter retained his North American belt against a South American fighter. Antonin Decarie (22-0 6KO) dominated former 2000 Olympian Victor Hugo Castro (29-6 12KO) on his way to a 120-108 decision on all three scorecards, retaining his NABO welterweight belt, much the same way super-lightweight Jo Jo Dan did the night before against another Argentine, Walter Sergio Gomez by identical scores. It was the third defense for Decarie who won the vacant belt thirteen months ago. Decarie, ranked #2 by the WBO, dominated his smaller opponent who was fighting at welterweight for the first time, constantly going to the body and breaking down his opponent. Decarie was warned for a low blow in the 5th as shot off the hip put Castro to his knees. No knockdown was called but Decarie didn’t hesitate in going right back to the body of his opponent. Castro showed a good beard as he was the recipient of many Decarie right hands as he lay on the ropes for much of the bout.
Alfredo Contreras (10-5-1 4KO) served his head up on a platter to the right hand of the #7 IBF ranked middleweight Sebastien Demers (28-2 10KO) who was more than happy to oblige and hammer away for the duration of one sided 80-72 (x3) decision for the Canadian champion. Contreras just lay on the ropes, smiled and asked for more and Demers delivered for the duration as if he was in a cage taking batting practice. Demers managed to up the pressure in both the 7th and 8th round as he worked his uppercut into the equation and managed to go to the body with combinations. Contreras offered up a sturdy chin and not much more as he lost all four fights he has travelled outside his native Mexico for.
Super-middleweight Nicholson Poulard (12-2 6KO) scored big at the end of the fourth round, dropping veteran Martin Berthiaume (14-5-2 8KO) for a count of ten, the official time coming at 3:00 as boxing returned to the Casino de Montreal Saturday afternoon with GYM presenting a six bout card. Berthiaume who was having his best round of the fight got knocked back through the ropes by a Poulard left hand as time drew to close in the round. Berthiaume was able to able to right himself to his kness, but stayed there as referee Alain Villeneuve’s count reached ten. Poulard who often gets drawn into slug fests was able to put fourth a nice contained effort, keeping the action centre of the ring and serving up a varied assortment of punches to keep the determined Berthiaume at bay. Poulard managed to score impressively in the first round with a left of the ropes that quickly put his opponent on the defensive. But despite controlling the action and hurting his opponent, it looked as if Poulard would have a tough time denting Berthiaume’s chin whose only previous time being stopped was retiring at the hands of Sebastien Demers after taking that fight on very short notice. The loss for the aging Berthiame is his fourth in a row while Poulard has managed eleven in a row after losing two of three to start his career.
An exciting start to action at the Casino de Montreal as lightweight Tony Luis (6-0) scored his first career stoppage at 2:08 of the fourth round against Jorge Banos (3-4-3). “I picked a good time and a good fighter for the first one to come, it feels good,” Luis told Fightnews immediately following the fight. Luis scored big with the left hand to the body, scoring two knockdowns in the fourth and forcing referee Alain Villeneuve step in and preventing a third as Banos lay in the corner absorbing more punishment. “He took a good head shot but was weaker in the body,” said Luis who started digging deep in the third and slowing down the Montreal fighter. Banos was given all the time in the world to recover from the initial knockdown by Villeneuve and also after the second as he lost his mouthpiece. It made no difference though as he would not go the distance for the first time in his career. “I give him credit, he’s a veteran and knows how to survive in there. I just made sure I’d react right away whenever he touched me.” React he did, countering with four or five punch combinations over Banos who was offering up one punch at a time.
Heavyweight Ali Manosur (6-0 3KO) wasn’t at his best, but it was definitely good enough as he scored a 40-36, 39-37, 39-37 over trial-horse Stephane Tessier who falls to a less than desirable record of 3-22-1. Mansour wasn’t quite as busy and quick as he usually is and seemed tired in the final round, one that he lost on two of the judges scorecards.
Super-lightweight Dierry Jean (16-0 10KO) returned to the ring for the first time in eight months and scored an easy 80-72, 80-72, 79-73 decision over Adrian Navarrete (17-7-1 13KO) of Mexico. Jean controlled the action for the duration but failed to follow up any damaging blows he would deliver, taking chunks of many rounds off with no danger of Navarrete offering little in return. For Navarrete, it marked his second trip to Montreal after losing to Benoit Gaudet in 2006.