Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Falcao Failed To Keep His Promise,
Bazinyan & Butler Keep Theirs
By Daniel Cloutier
LAS VEGAS = The middleweight Brazilian Yamaguchi Falcao
promised to his fans to keep his perfect record in the
ring of the Hard Rock Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. Did he
keep his promise? No!
Christopher Pearson (17-2-0), a fighter from Dayton,
Ohio, dethroned Falcoa as WBC middleweight Latino’s
champion, in beating him by unanimous decision in 10
rounds. The judges scored the bout 97-93, 96-94 and
96-94 for Pearson, who became the first fighter to
inflict a defeat too Falcao (16-1-0).
Falcao was very efficient offensively in the first round
with his solid punches to the head and the body.
The Brazilian maintained his intense attacks in the
second and third rounds. The fourth and fifth rounds
were close, each boxer having efficient moments.
Pearson got his best moments offensively in the sixth
round. He connected several power shots. Pearson
maintained his intense charges in the seventh and eight
In the ninth round, Falcao attacked intensively in the
first half of the round, but Pearson replied with
intense charges in the second half of the round.
In the 10th round, Pearson put his opponent seriously in
trouble in attacking furiously.
“It was a very intense bout, but I really think I
dominated the action in the second half,” said Pearson.
“It is a very important win for me, for my future in
boxing. I can say I won a battle of strategies against
Falcao replied: “I am sorry, but I don’t accept this
result. I really believe I dominated more rounds than
Pearson. It’s a cruel first defeat in pro boxing.”
COMPLETE DOMINATION FOR BAZINYAN
Ranked fourth contender by the WBO in the super
middleweight division (168 pounds), the Montrealer Erik
Bazinyan kept his NABA and NABO North American
championships. He stayed undefeated in pro boxing in
beating the Mexican Alan Campa by unanimous decision in
10 rounds. The judges scored the fight 99-90, 99-90 and
97-92 for the Montrealer.
Bazinyan (23-0-0) dominated the first round with his
jabs and power shots to the head and the body. Bazinyan
got several intense attacks in the second round and
Campa (17-5-0) replied with good counterattacks.
In the fourth round, Bazinyan was dominating with
intense charges that Campa got problems to block.
In the fifth and sixth rounds, Bazinyan gave a very hard
time to his opponent in attacking.
After a pretty close seventh round, Bazinyan lost a
point in the eighth round for a low blow, but he
finished the round with a great attack. And Bazinyan
connected several good shots in the nine round.
“I know I was deserving the win,” said Bazinyan after
the bout. “I connected a lot of more punches than my
opponent, specially with the power shots and jabs. I
hope that this win will help me to improve my situation
in the WBO ratings. Like I said, I really hope to
dispute a world championship fight next year. And to
increase my chances to dispute a world championship
fight, you know as me that it’s crucial to move up in
the WBO ratings.”
If the situation was easy for Bazinyan, it was a lot of
more complicated for the Montrealer middleweight Steven
Butler. Butler (27-1-1) kept his WBC 160 pounds
International championship in beating the Ukrainian
Vitali Kopylenko (28-2-0) par majority decision of the
judges. Two judges picked Butler as winner (96-93 and
96-93) and the third judge scored the fight 95-94 for
Butler was more aggressive than his rival in the first
round. He imposed his jabs and power shots.
Kopylenko was productive in the second round. He
connected more punches than Butler. The third and fourth
rounds were close, each fighter having his good moments
Butler dominated lightly the fifth round. He was
intense, but his rival also got his good moments.
A good sixth round for Butler, who connected several
power shots. The seventh round was another close round,
but Butler connected the best power shots in the last
Kopylenko provoked a knockdown in the eight round with a
great body shot. A clear domination for the Ukrainian in
But Butler came back in force in the nine round with a
good performance offensively. And in the 10th and last
round, the Montrealer attacked energycally from the
beginning to the end. But obviously, the two fighters
were exhausted at the end of the bout.
“I am not surprised at all to be in the winning’s
corner,” said Butler. “The fight was rough, intense, but
no doubt in my mind, I dominated more rounds than
Kopylenko. I was the aggressor in most of the rounds. It
was the biggest challenge of my pro boxing career, and I
am so happy to finish the evening in the winning circle.
I am positive I will improve my position in the WBO
ratings with this win.
Butler is ranked fifth contender by the WHO in the
The Mexicain middleweight (160 pounds) Alexis Salazar
increased his pro record to 21-3-0 with a victory by
unanimous decision in eight rounds over his countryman
Abraham Cordero (13-4-2).
More aggressive with a longer reach than his rival,
Salazar was controlling the action in each round.
Salazar tortured litterally his opponent in the fifth
round in attacking constantly. The three judges scored
the bout 80-72, 80-72 and 79-73 for Salazar.
In the opening bout of the evening, the super
welterweight (154 pounds) Richard Acevedo, from Garden
City, Kansas, improved his pro record to 5-0-0 in
beating the Mexican Mario Sosa (3-2-0 by KO in the first
Acevedo provoked two knockdowns in a span of one minute
in this first round, and after the second knockdown, the
referee declared Sosa KO. It was clear that all the
Acevedo’s punches were hurting Sosa.