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  One-On-One With Antonin Dťcarie

By Jeff Emond Jeffrey

I recently had a talk with welterweight contender Antonin Dťcarie from Laval, Quebec, Canada. With his domination over Shamone Alvarez last February, Dťcarie is now ranked number seven by the World Boxing Association. Closing in on a championship matchup, Antonin Dťcarie took the time to talk to us about his career and his future plan in boxing.

Jeff Emond Jeffrey:
Good afternoon Antonin , How are you?

Antonin Dťcarie:
Iím doing very good !

JEJ: How did you start in boxing?

AD: Around 13 or 14 years old. At first I was playing hockey, after all itís or national sport here in Canada. But I wasnít big enough to become a professional hockey player, at my first amateur bout I was only 106 pounds. But I already had a passion for boxing and there was a boxing gym near my house where my step-father used to train when he was younger. So I followed in his footsteps and after only three months I fought my first amateur match and everything went well.

JEJ: You accomplished a lot in the amateur ranks. What can you tell us about it?

AD: I won 3 Canadian amateur championships. I had 99 amateur fights with 78 victories and only 21 defeats.

JEJ: How do you prepare yourself for a fight?

AD: With my trainer Marc Ramsay, we have two types of training. In the morning, far before the fight, we do physical work and running to upgrade the cardiovascular system. We mostly do jogging at a low rate. Closer to the fight, we increase the load of work with a lot of sprint and we consolidate everything with harder muscular works. In the evening we do traditional workouts, like sparring and pads for accuracy.

JEJ: After 26 pro fights, your face remained unmarked, some people even said you donít look like a fighter. Your thoughts?

AD: Well, in my last three fights I got cuts, still nothing serious. In a way it means Iím getting stronger oppositions in my career, but it also mean I possess a very tight defence. I use many jabs and movements in the ring and I never forget to keep my hands up that prevent me from being injured. The art of boxing is hit without being hit, a good defence is a strong offence. I always put pressure on my opponents to restrain their offensive strategy.

JEJ: You received some criticisms about your lack of power in your punches. How do your reply to those?

AD: In my last fight, I sent Alvarez twice on the floor. I donít think I am a power puncher, but Iím not a light puncher either, if you looked at my last performance. Iíve sent many fighters to the canvas in my career. Most important of all, i got their respect by throwing barrages of punches on them. Still, I have to work on my killer instinct. Iím already a good cerebral fighter, but when I have my opponents hurt, I should open more to get the knockout win. I will work hard on that point and it will come.

JEJ: You the WBO NABO welterweight title in may 2008 against the then undefeated Brain Camechis. You defended your title three times against strong opposition like Hector Munoz, Dorin Spivey and Victor Hugo Castro. How important are those wins for you?

AD: Those are very important victories. They will get me closer to my ultimate goal of becoming the WBA welterweight champion. More so, my wins over theses guys helped me to progress and sharpened my boxing skills, especially in counter-punching.

JEJ: So far in your young career, you already beat some very strong power punchers like Dorin Spivey who possess 29 knockouts in his 38 victories and Isreal Cardona, who hold 28 knockouts in his 36 victories. How do you beat those fighters when you donít own the same kind power?

AD: I do have a good chin but you got be prepare. A good boxer with a perfect game plan will have more chance of winning over a slugger. I donít get scare by my adversaryís ability to destroy a fighter and I can take everything they can throw at me. I know how to out box them. They always come forward and i always catch them with my counter punching and movementís abilities. You have to be very careful and keep your focus, if you the puncher catch you with a clean blow, my advice: donít panic, stay calm and ready to fight back. I remember when Cardona caught me with a hard left hook on the ear, i didnít hear a sounds for a moment. I remained calm, went back to my game plan by jabbing more. Another thing, when someone punches hard, he has more chances of breathing heavy early in the fight and at this point i will take control of the action.

JEJ: After the fight with Munoz in October 2008, Arturo Gatti came into the ring to congratulate you for this impressive win. What did he say to motivate you in your career?

AD: Arturo Gatti is my favorite fighter and no doubt a legend. Before the fight, Gatti wanted to challenge me for his comeback fight in Montreal. He said Munoz would be a good test for me, since he once was one of his sparring partner. Arturo also mentions that Munoz can take a punch and it would be hard for me to get a knockout win.

I was looking to impress him and i did by knocking out Munoz in the twelfth round. My trainer and promoter told me Gatti would come in the ring to challenge me but he did not. Arturo told me he was impressed and wished me well for my future in boxing.

JEJ: Did you wanted to fight Gatti?

AD: Of course, he is a great fighter. But I knew he wasnít the same after all the wars he had in the ring against Angel Manfredy, Ivan Robinson and Micky Ward to name a few. In his last fight, he lost to Alfonso Gomez, we all know he would have destroyed Gomez in his prime.

JEJ: In may 2010, you lost to former WBA welterweight champion Souleymane MíBaye in a very close fight on France soil. How do you feel about this close decision?

AD: Like you said, it was a very close fight. I proved that i was a very courageous fighter and I could go toe-to-toe even if i bleed. It was the first time i got cut in my career. My cutman, Russ Anber did a wonderful job to prevent the fight from being stopped by a ringside doctor.

Boxing overseas for the first time bothered me a little bit. Iím not satisfied with my performance. I really thought the win would come my way and still have a bad aftertaste about this fight. I trained really hard but maybe not the right way considering the facts that took place before this Interim bout.

The fight was postponed on many occasions on a five months period. In the beginning, i was training in the Dominic Republic and then Miami. Camp MíBaye even told me the fight was cancelled one time, so i did not know what to do. I feel their camp did that intentionally but I donít know for sure. Even so, it broke my rhythm in my training camp. I have a rematch clause but itís been a year now and no news from MíBaye or his team.

JEJ: Letís go back in time for a moment. In 2008, you left Interbox to join Gym promotion. What are the reasons behind this decision?

AD: I have no bad feelings against Interbox. I had a two year contract with them and when it came to term, it was time to think about my needs. At this time, they were more interested to expand their company around Lucian Bute and they had a tremendous success with him. On the other hand, they didnít have plans for me, so I made the jump to Gym. I wanted to be in the main event more than anything and get a chance to fight for a major title. Now Iím getting more visibility and significant fights.

JEJ: You finally got your wish last February by fighting in the main event at the Bell center. What was going through your mind when it happened?

AD: It was a great opportunity for me. Not only was I in the main event but also fighting on ESPN Friday nights fight. It gave me very good visibility not only here, but more in the United States, since itís an American channel. So my goal was not only to win, but to be exciting and impressive and it went out pretty well. I beat Alvarez by being more aggressive and intense than I ever was before.

JEJ: Knowing that Shamone Alvarez already fought Delvin Rodriguez and Joshua Clottey in two vey close decisions and hold victories over Jose Luis Cruz and Germain Sanders. What does that victory mean to you and what next in your career?

AD: It means Iím ready for bigger fights. I wonít rest until I have my title fight against Viacheslav Senchenko, the undefeated WBA welterweight champion. Iím rank number seven by the WBA, which mean Iím getting closer to him.


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