Final Words With Antonin
By Jeff Emond Jeffrey
Saturday night in the Pepsi Coliseum of Quebec City,
December 17, 2011, welterweight contender Antonin Décarie (
25-1-0 ) from Laval,Quebec will take on Victor Lupo Puiu (
19-1-2 ) of Toronto, Ontario for the vacant WBC
International welterweight championship. Lupo just came out
of his biggest victory of his career against former WBC
light welterweight champion, Junior Witter in February.
Décarie also had an impressive victory over Shamone Alvarez
in the same month. The rivalry between Quebec and Ontario
Earlier this week, The Boxing Examiner had the chance to
talk to Antonin Décarie about his upcoming fight.
The Boxing Examiner: Good afternoon Antonin! How are
Antonin Décarie: I’m doing good and I’m ready!
TBE: Saturday night, you are gonna fight Victor Lupo ,
one the toughest opposition of your young career. Your
AD: It’s gonna be a big challenge for me, Lupo is a
very talented fighter. After all, he won the WBC
International silver welterweight title against Junior
Witter. At first, he was suppose to fight Phil LeGreco, but
for some reasons LeGreco refused to defend his title in
Toronto agaisnt Lupo. That si why the title is vacant and I
will do everything to get my hands on it. I’m sure Lupo is
thinking the same. This title is very important to get a
good ratings in the WBC. More importantly, it’s the battle
of the province Quebec versus Ontario in Canada. Ontario is
ahead of us with Logan McGuinness’s win over Benoit Gaudet,
Steve Molitor’s victory on Sebastien Gauthier and Samuel
Vargas recently had the better of Ahmad Cheiko. So i have to
win this one for Quebec.
TBE: What do you expect from Lupo?
AD: He’s gonna be aggressive. He’s a very confident
guy and so am i. I won’t run from him and I don’t
underestimate him at all. I expect a tough battle. Lupo got
a nice record. Having a win over him would take my career to
TBE: How did you prepare for this fight ?
AD: It’s very important to be in a perfect physical
condition against a intense fighter like Lupo. I know he’s
gonna put pressure until the end of the fight. I worked very
hard on my cardio and movements in the ring. He’s also a
very proud man, I know he’s coming to win, but I won,t let
him. I am a proud fighter too, well, we have that in common.
I’m in a exceptional physical condition. I was supposed to
fight Living legend, Jose Luis Castillo in September , but
the fight was rescheduled to October. Then I got injured
less than a week before the fight. But now I feel great and
the injury is in the past.
TBE: Are you gonna fight Castillo in a near future?
AD: Yes, I will fight him eventually. But the
opportunity the fight Lupo for LeGreco’s former title was
too good to let that pass. But, I have to take one thing at
the time and right now I’m training really hard for Lupo. I
will not overlook him.
TBE: According to the Boxrec, you are ranked number
20. Many very skilled fighters are in that division, like
Floyd Mayweather Jr, Andre Berto, Victor Ortiz and Selcuk
Aydin to name a few. Is there anyone you would like to fight
in the welterweight division?
AD: It’s a very competitive division and I’m willing
to fight anyone to make it to the top. However, I like
fighter brawlers, it suit my style. I would love to fight a
guys like Marcos Maidana or Lucas Mathysse if he move up to
TBE: Last November, Selcuk Aydin won a hard fought
battle against Jo Jo Dan, a strong southpaw. During the
fight, Aydin even broke the jaw of Dan. Is there a
possibility to fight Aydin?
AD: Of course, I would love to fight Aydin, more than
Mathysse and Maidana when I think of it. Aydin is a solid
brawler and be comparing Dan’s style with him, I would have
more chance against Aydin, even if he won his second fight
over Dan, because he’s always coming forward. I do think Dan
won the first time against him. At this time, I’m not in
Aydin’s plans right now. After all. He just won the WBC
Silver welterweight title and that means he’s suppose to
fight Floyd Maywether Jr next.Right now , Lupo is my
TBE: Thank you for your time Antonin and good luck.
AD: Thank you and it’s gonna be a very exciting