One-On-One With Sebastien
By Jeff Emond Jeffrey
Sebastien Gauthier is a young and dynamic boxer from
Saint-Jerome, Quťbec, Canada. Motivation and hard works had
determined this rising star life. Indeed, on November 5th
2011, Gauthier impressed boxing fans and experts with an
inspire performance against former two times IBF super
bantamweight champion Steve Molitor. In this marvelous
contest between the two pugilists, Gauthier lost the fight
by split decision. In fact, it was a very close fight that
could have gone either way. Nevertheless, this fearless
warrior promises that he will be champion in a near future.
On this day, Gauthier agreed to talk to us about is amateur
days, his pro-career and his exciting fight against The
Canadian Kid, Steve Molitor.
Jeff Emond Jeffrey: Good evening Sebastien! How are you ?
Sebastien Gauthier: Very good, thank you.
JEJ: What can you tell us about your amateur
SG: I had a very fast start. In my second fight, I beat
Canadian amateur champion Edwin Romero. Soon after, i won
the silver and golden gloves and became a Canadian junior
amateur champion within 6 bouts. I hold significant
victories over Quebecís amateur champion Olivier Boucher of
Saint-Hyacinthe. At this time he had 40 amateurs bouts and i
defeated him in my fourth fight. I lost my first fight
against a southpaw, Sebastien Carrier, but bounced back and
defeated Dominic Ferain in my eleventh fight. In my second
year in the amateur rank, i got a win over Tyson Cave, a
very tough fighter. For six years, I remained an undefeated
Canadian amateur champion in my weight class.
In the international level, I earned the fifth place in the
2001 world amateur championship in Ireland. I won a silver
medal in the Francophonie games and a bronze medal in the
Commonwealth games. Those days were amazing, being a part of
the Canadian national team was such a big accomplishment for
JEJ: How did your interest in boxing started?
SG: By playing Mike Tysonís punch-out on the Nintendo and
watching the Rocky film series. You know, I couldnít play
hockey because I was not tall and big enough. Iím a small
guy and in almost every sport I didnít fit in because of
that fact. So my motivation was to prove i could be a great
athlete regardless of my size, so I became a fighter. Iím
very proud of my achievement on boxing and the best is yet
JEJ: You lost to Eduardo Garcia and Mario Macias prior to
the Molitor bout. Any comments?
SG: Before the Garcia fight in 2007, two of my vertebras
were displaced in my neck, so had trouble sleeping the night
before the fight. Furthermore, Garcia was a late replacement
for Jovanny Soto, but mw and my team decided to take the
fight anyway. During the fight, my left arm hurt a lot, so I
could not use my left hook at full power. I wasnít well
supervising in my career back then. But as an undefeated
fighter, I thought I was invincible and could win without
the use of my left arm. I could say no to the team, after
all it was for the IBF International bantamweight title on a
big card in Casino Rama in Ontario.
As for Macias. Well, maybe I was a little bit overconfident.
He was very arrogant and my goal was to punish him for that.
We had a war in the first round. He caught me with a good
right hand and i told myself: ĎíThis guy can hit! Ďí, but at
end of the round I hurt him with my right hand and also won
the first round on the judges scorecards. In the second
round, I tried to finish him quick , but he got me with a
counter left and went down to the canvas. I easily beat the
count, but the referee would let me continue and looking
back on the fight, he has made the right call, I was still
JEJ: You hold victories over strong fighters like Feliciano
Ledesma in 2008, Julio Roque Ler in 2010 and Jovanny Soto
this year. How important are those wins for you?
SG: Iím very happy about them. Soto was a huge puncher, 26
of his 31 victories were by knockouts. He fought Fernando
Montiel, who is one of the toughest fighter in the world.
With a good training camp and by being fast and aggressive
in the ring, I knocked him out in the second round.
As for Roque Ler. Well, I saw Roque Ler giving a good
performance against Jorge Arce. I hurt him early in the
fight and he didnít want to mix it up with me after that.
One of the most important win for me is versus Jason
Hayward, a tough guy from Saint-Johns, Newfoundland. Right
before me, he fought Pier Olivier Cotť to the limit. Hayward
lost, but he was able to withstand the attacks of a
devastating puncher without going down. Iíve scored a
knockdown against Hayward, so itís a good victory for me.
JEJ: In the Molitor fight. Coming into the ring and insides
the ropes, it seem you were focus like never before in your
SG: I really was. I trained so hard for this fight and was
just waiting to get it on with Molitor, a former two times
champion. I knew this was going to be my big break with a
good showing on my part. I showed Steve that I wasnít afraid
and his punches couldnít hurt me and I believe this was too
heavy mentally for him.
JEJ: As soon as the bell rang, you stormed out of your
corner and went right after Molitor with a raw aggressive
strategy. Which fighters inspired you to fashion your style
SG: Great fighters like Aaron Pryor and Mike Tyson inspired
me a lot for my style of fighting. Pryorís determination and
will made my education in boxing. I have those qualities and
I used them. I had a fun in there, I went after him and stay
near him a night long, fighting aggressive and at close
range was an effective strategy for me. Plus, Molitor was
not active enough to turn the tide in his favor. But Iíve
made mistakes that need works in the gym. I was not afraid
of Steveís punching power, because of that I got hit with
some unnecessary shots.
JEJ: You had successes with the right hand during the fight,
even bringing Molitor on the ropes on many occasions. Where
you surprise by the effectiveness of your strategy?
SG: No I wasnít. I put on gloves against Tyler Asselstine
and Michael Gadbois, two very strong southpaws in my
preparation for this fight, so I was ready. The right hand
worked out fine for me. I was expecting Molitor to move more
around the ring, using his legs like we are use to see in
his career. But he stood in front of me and clinched my left
arm very well during the fight, preventing me to use too
many left hooks.
JEJ: Two of the judges had Molitor winning and one went your
way, what are your thoughts on the split decision?
SG: I donít feel i lost at all, he never had the better of
me and i dictated the rhythm of the fight. I think judges
were impressed by the fact that he has been a two times
champion and didnít want to look like they were favoring a
local fighter in his backyard. Molitor probably touched me
with some good shots, but most of the time he was missing or
caught me with slapping punches without any power behind
them. I showed him that I had no respect for his punching
power. Molitor is a very skilled fighter, I respect him, but
he could never hurt me.
JEJ: Do you feel youíve been robbed of a victory?
SG: Iíve just finished watching the fight. Molitor was
strong and exploded late in the fight and itís
understandable that some of the rounds went his way. Even
so, I still think I won the fight. Iím not entirely
disappointed, because most boxing experts around the ring
had me winning. More importantly, the crowd thought I was
the winner also.
JEJ: Do you want a rematch with Steve Molitor?
SG: Well, there are things I need to talk with my team about
whatís coming next. But I will never be afraid of Molitor
and we will meet again in the ring in a near future. It has
JEJ: Whatís next for you?
SG: I have to get a big win over a good opponent and soon
after that, a world championship match. People loved my
performance and Iím a very exciting fighter to watch. Like I
said the best is yet to come.
JEJ: Thank you very much for your time Sebastien
SG: It was a pleasure!