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  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 this opportunity.”

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 rounds.

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.


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