Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Phinn Wins The Most Significant Bout
Of His Pro Boxing Career
By Daniel Cloutier
MONTRÉAL — The Montrealer super middleweight (168 pounds)
Shakeel Phinn wants absolutely to see his name appear in the
Top 15 of the international boxing ratings, and he made a
big step in that direction Saturday evening in the ring of
the Montréal Casino Cabaret. IBF Inter-Continental champion,
Phinn won the NABF North American super middleweight
championship in the main event of this boxing show presented
by the GYM Group, with a victory by TKO over the Mexican
southpaw Elio German Rafael (15-3-0).
After a close first round, Rafael attacked intensively in
the second round. However, in the third and fourth rounds,
Phinn was the aggressor and he connected a lot of more solid
punches than his opponent. In the fifth round, Rafael, came
back in the action. He was the aggressor and he connected
more punches than the Montrealer.
However, In the sixth round, Phinn attacked furiously and he
provoked the first knockdown on the bout with solid shots to
the head and the body.
After a very close seventh round, Phinn dominated clearly
the eight and nine rounds with several intense charges.
In the 10th and last round, Phinn attacked with rage, he
provoked a second knockdown, and few seconds after, the
referee intervened to declare Rafael TKO.
“I just won the most significant bout of my pro boxing
career,” said Phinn in getting out of the ring. “I worked
extremely hard in that fight, and like you saw it, I was
more energetic than Rafael in the last three rounds. The
referee was right to stop the bout in the last minute of the
bout. My rival was seriously in the trouble since the nine
round. I am now IBF Inter-Continental champion and NABF
North American champion, then, my name should appears in top
15 or the international boxing ratings in the weeks to come.
I really hope to dispute a world championship bout run the
years to come.”
Just before the main event, the Montrealer light heavyweight
Wilfred Seyi obtained his fifth victory in pro boxing
(5-0-0) in beating the Polish Bartosz Barczynski (2-2-0) by
TKO in the third round. Seyi attacked furiously in each
round, and he hurt twice his opponent in the third round.
And Seyi provoked a knockdown during the last minute of this
third round, and the referee intervened to stop the bout 36
seconds before the end of the round.
Terry Osias, a light heavyweight (175 pounds) living on the
Montréal south shore, stayed undefeated in nine pro bouts
(9-0-0) with a win by unanimous decision in six rounds over
the Argentinian Maximiliano Corso (6-4-1). The judges scored
all the fight 60-53 for the Canadian. The fight was
spectacular, but Osias, who was the attacker, dominated more
rounds than his rival.
The Montrealer lightweight Whithney Baille scored his eight
win in pro boxing (8-0-0) in beating the Mexican Julian
Mondo (6-3-1) by unanimous decision in six rounds. The
judges cards was: 58-56, 59-55 and 60-54 in favor of the
Montrealer. Mondo was efficient in counter-attack, but
Baille was the aggressor in almost every rounds.
The Montrealer welterweight (147 pounds) Roodsy Vincent
improved his pro record to 3-1-0, in beating the Montrealer
Dwayne Durel (6-3-0) by majority decision of the judges in
four rounds. The fight was intense, each fighter tried to
win by KO in each round. The judges scored the fight 39-37,
38-38 and 40-36 for Vincent.
The Montrealer female super lightweight (140 pounds) Jessica
Camara increased her pro record to 6-1-0, with a victory by
majority decision of the judges over the Mexican Dalila
Velazquez (5-2-0). The bout was close, but Camara was a bit
better than her opponent in the last three rounds.
In the opening bout of the evening, the Montrealer female
welterweight Marie-Pier Houle made successful pro debut in
winning by unanimous decision in four rounds over the
Mexican Maria Guadalupe Duran (1-3-0). Houle was more
aggressive than her opponent. She was the aggressor in each
round. And Houle connected more punches than her rival in