Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Phinn Ready For North American Championship
By Daniel Cloutier
Former super middleweight Canadian champion, the Montrealer
Jamaican Shakeel Phinn improved his pro record to 18-2-0
Saturday evening in the ring of the Montréal Casino, beating
the southpaw Mirzet Bajrektarevic (18-6-0), from Croatia, by
TKO in the sixth round. The fighter from Croatia was
severely cut over the right eye at the end of the second
round, and he surrounded after the sixth round, apparently
for a serious hand’s injury.
“I was the aggressor in most of the rounds, and I connected
the most powerful punches of the fight,” said Phinn after
the bout. “If my promoter (the GYM Group) wants to involve
me in a North American championship, I will certainly accept
In the main event of the evening, the Montrealer female
boxer Marie-Ève Dicaire, who is ranked second contender by
the WBC and the WBA in the welterweight division, stayed
undefeated in 12 pro bouts (12-0-0) with a victory by
unanimous decision in 10 rounds over the Argentinian Yamila
Abellaneda (6-2-0). Dicaire kept his NABF North American
championship. The judges scored the fight 100-90, 99-91 and
98-92 for the Montréal’s woman. The fight was intense, the
two fighters were attacking energetically. However, Dicaire
connected more power shots than her opponent in every
The super middleweight southpaw Dario Bredicean, a Romanian
living in Montréal, a boxer trained by Howard and Otis
Grant, scored his 17th win in pro boxing (17-0-0), beating
the Mexican Jonathan Tavira (17-5-0) by TKO at the end of
the sixth round.
Efficient technically, Bredicean controlled the action from
the beginning to the end of the fight. Tavira was intense,
but he suffered a lot during the last three rounds.
Bredicean was attacking furiously. At the end of the sixth
round, Tavira mentioned to his trainers it was enough for
him. He surrendered.
The Montrealer super middleweight Louisbert Altidor (9-2-0)
provoked a knockdown in the third round, and he finally won
by unanimous decision in six rounds over the Mexican Jesus
Manuel Beltran. Good technically, solid puncher, Altidor
gave a very hard time to the Mexican in every rounds. The
three judges scored the bout 60-53 for the Montrealer.
The Montrealer cruiserweight Terry Osias improved his pro
record to 5-0-0, in winning by unanimous decision in four
rounds over Augustin Malecot (3-7-1), another fighter from
Montréal. Osias sent his opponent on the floor in the first
round. Malecot was agressive and courageous, but Osias was
clearly better technically.
In the opening bout of the evening, the super middleweight
Tommy Houle, from Joliette, Québec, provoked a knockdown in
the fourth and last round, and he beat the Montrealer Adam
Ayoubi (1-1-1) by unanimous decision. Houle is undefeated in
three pro bouts (3-0-0).
The fight provided great action, each fighter was trying
very much to win by KO. The Ayoubi’s left eye was completely
closed at the end of the fight.