Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Erik Bazinyan Stops Sijaric In
The Fourth Round
By Daniel Cloutier
Photo: Robert Lévesque
MONTRÉAL - The WBO Junior super middleweight champion of the
world (a title for fighters of 21 years or less), the
Montrealer Erik Bazinyan increased substantially his chances
to be rank soon in the Top 10 of the WBO ratings, Saturday
evening in the ring of the Tohu Theatre in the North of
Involved in the main event of a boxing show organized by
Rexa Promotions, Bazinyan improved his pro record to 15-0-0
with a win by TKO in the fourth round against Alis Sijaric
(13-3-0), from Zurich, Switzerland.
For Sijaric, it was a first defeat by KO or TKO.
“I said it was crucial for me to stay undefeated against
Sijaric, and I said the truth,” said Bazinyan after the
bout. “I want to get my place in the Top 10 of the
international ratings as soon as possible, and for that,
it’s was a must to keep my perfect record. Then, I fought
with concentration, intensity and discipline in each round,
and the result of the bout is showing it.”
Bazinyan dominated the action from the beginning to the end.
The Montrealer was very intense in the first round, working
perfectly with the jabs and power shots.
Sijaric got few good moments in the second round, but
Bazinyan connected the most impressive power shots of the
In the third round, Sijaric was productive offensively
during the span of one minute, but Bazinyan connected a lot
of punches during the two other minutes of action.
Bazinyan attacked furiously in the fourth round, and his
opponent was clearly unable to block the shots. Seeing that
Sijaric was definitively in trouble, the referee Steve St-Germain
intervened to stop the fight and declared Bazinyan the big
“Sijaric is a pretty good puncher, but I dominated the
action, no doubt about it,” said Bazinyan. “In the third
round, Sijaric tried his best, he looked pretty confident,
but I found the way to put him in trouble. I was certainly
better than him technically. And he was really in trouble in
the fourth, when I attacked him furiously in the ropes. I am
not surprised at all that the referee stopped the bout.”
Bazainyan’s trainer, Howard Grant, said: “Erik fought very
well technically and strategically. No doubt he is
progressing fight after fight. I really believe he will
reach the Top 10 of the international ratings in the months
to come, and eventually, he will become world champion.”
A FIRST DEFEAT FOR DUREL
Just before the presentation of the main event, the
Montrealer lightweight Roody Pierre-Paul scored his 14th win
(14-3-1) in beating the Mexican Noel Meija Rincon (14-12-1)
by unanimous decision in eight rounds.
Pierre-Paul used his speed and technique to dominate his
Dwayne Durel, a super lightweight from Montréal who was
considered as one of the best prospects of the Canadian pro
boxing, lost his first pro bout.
He lost by split decision in six rounds against the Mexican
Guillermo Garcia (4-3-0).
Garcia surprised the crowd in the second round: he sent
Durel (7-1-0) on the canvas with a solid right hand on the
The bout was extremely violent, each fighter trying to win
by KO in each round.
Two or the three judges scored the bout in favour of the
The Montrealer lightweight Golden Garcia (8-0-1) has been
obliged to accept a draw after eight rounds of action with
the Mexican Jorge Luis Melendez (8-3-2).
The fight was close, each fighter having his good moments
The middleweight Jordan Balmir (4-0-0), from Drummondville,
Québec, won by KO in the second round against the Hungarian
Akos Kovacs (2-3-0).
The super middleweight Dario Bredicean, a fighter from Cape
Coral, Florida, living now in Montréal, improved his record
to 13-0-0 in beating the Mexican Francisco Rios (12-7-3) by
TKO in the second round.
In this second round, Bredicean attacked furiously his
opponent in the ropes, and the referee intervened to declare
the Mexican TKO.
The GYM Group last acquisition, the middleweight Christian
M’Billi, from Cameroun, obtained his third win in pro boxing
(3-0-0), a TKO over the Mexican Sergio De Leon (7-2-0).
In the third round, De Leon put a knee on the floor when
M’Billi connected him with a solid body shot, and few
seconds after, M’Biilli sent his opponent on the floor again
with another destructive body shot, and the referee stopped
The Montrealer lightweight Chann Thonson scored his second
win in pro boxing (2-0-0), with a victory by TKO over the
Hungarian David Berner (3-2-0).
Thomson provoked two knockdowns in the first round. In the
second round, Berner went again on the canvas, this time on
a body shot, and for the referee, it was enough. The bout
has been stopped after 28 seconds of action in this second
In the opening bout of the evening, the Montrealer super
lightweight Mohamed Soumaoro made successful pro debut, in
beating the Mexican Antonio Vergara by TKO in the first
Soumaoro attacked furiously in the second minute f the bout,
and he hurt seriously the Mexican. The referee intervened to
stop the bout.
Right after the bout Soumaoro-Vergara, another Montrealer
made his pro debut, the middleweight Jean-Michel Bolivar,
who won by TKO in the third round against the Hungarian
In the second round, Bolivar provoked the first knockdown of
the bout. And he sent twice his opponent on the floor in the
third round. After the third knockdown, the referee stopped