Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Akdeniz Is The New WBC
Continental Americas Champion
By Daniel Cloutier
MONTREAL - In the main event of this pro boxing show
presented by the promoter Yvon Michel from the GYM Group
Thursday night at the Montreal Casino, the Montrealer Mazlum
Akdeniz (17-0, 8 KO’s) won the super lightweight (140
pounds) WBC Continental Americas championship, with a win
over Juan Anotnio Rodriguez by unanimous decision in 10
rounds. The judges scored the bout 97-91, 98-90 and 98-90
for the Montrealer.
The first round was close, each fighter having his good
The second round was intense, but it was a clear domination
The third round was another good round for Akdeniz, who was
more aggressive than his rival.
In the fourth round, Rodriguez was the best in the first
minute, but Akdeniz dominated clearly the last minute.
The fifth round was a good one for Rodriguez.
The sixth round was intense, but Akdeniz dominated clearly
the last minute.
The seventh round was good for Rodriguez in the first
minute, but Akedenis was the aggressor in the last minute.
In the first minute of the nine round, Akedenis got a one
point penalty for a head butt, but the Montrealer controlled
the action in the last two minutes.
Finally, in the 10th and last round, each fighter was
productive offensively. Rodriguez was fighting for the first
time in two years and a half.
Just before the main event, the American super welterweight
(154 pounds) Charles Conwell, from Cleveland, kept his
perfect pro record (17-0-0), with a win by TKO over the
Mexican Abraham Juarez Ramirez (19-10-0).
Aggressive, Conwell provoked two knockdowns in the second
Conwell provoked another knockdown in the third round, and
the referee Yvon Goulet intervened to declare Ramirez TKO.
In the third fight of the evening, the Montrealer super
lightweight (140 pounds) Mathieu Germain improved his pro
record to 21-2-1, with a victory by unanimous decision in 10
The first seven rounds were extremely tight.
But Germain was more intense and enertgitic than his rival
in the last three rounds.
The three judges scored the bout 96-94, 97-93 and 99-91 for
“It was a good fight, but I knew I was deserving the win,”
said Germain after the bout. “I was more aggressive than my
opponent. I hope to dispute a very significant bout in the
In the second bout of the evening, the Montrealer super
lightweight (140 pounds) Spencer Wilcox, from Hamilton,
Ontario, stayed undefeated in pro boxing (3-0-0), beating
the Mexican Juan Carlos Ramirez (37-10-1) by unanimous
decision ion four rounds.
The fight was intense, but Wilcox was clearly better
technically than his opponent.
Thew three judges scored the bout 39-37 for Wilcox.
In the opening bout of the evening, the Montrealer super
bantamweight (122 pounds) Jonathan DiBella (1-0-0) made his
pro boxing debut, with a win by unanimous decision in four
rounds over the Mexican Brian Lopez Salinas (2-1-0).
Salinas suffered of his first defeat in pro boxing.
The three judges scored the bout 40-36 for the Montrealer.
In the only female bout of the evening, the flyweight (106
pounds) Sara Couillard, from Québec City, got a bad debut in
pro boxing, losing her first fight by unanimous decision in
four rounds against the Mexican Flor Carrera (2-0-1).
Intense, aggressive, Carrera dominated the fight from the
beginning to the end. The three judges scored the bout 40-36
for the Mexican.