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