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  Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Phinn Wins The Most Significant Bout
Of His Pro Boxing Career

By Daniel Cloutier

MONTRÉAL — The Montrealer super middleweight (168 pounds) Shakeel Phinn wants absolutely to see his name appear in the Top 15 of the international boxing ratings, and he made a big step in that direction Saturday evening in the ring of the Montréal Casino Cabaret. IBF Inter-Continental champion, Phinn won the NABF North American super middleweight championship in the main event of this boxing show presented by the GYM Group, with a victory by TKO over the Mexican southpaw Elio German Rafael (15-3-0).

After a close first round, Rafael attacked intensively in the second round. However, in the third and fourth rounds, Phinn was the aggressor and he connected a lot of more solid punches than his opponent. In the fifth round, Rafael, came back in the action. He was the aggressor and he connected more punches than the Montrealer.

However, In the sixth round, Phinn attacked furiously and he provoked the first knockdown on the bout with solid shots to the head and the body.

After a very close seventh round, Phinn dominated clearly the eight and nine rounds with several intense charges.

In the 10th and last round, Phinn attacked with rage, he provoked a second knockdown, and few seconds after, the referee intervened to declare Rafael TKO.

“I just won the most significant bout of my pro boxing career,” said Phinn in getting out of the ring. “I worked extremely hard in that fight, and like you saw it, I was more energetic than Rafael in the last three rounds. The referee was right to stop the bout in the last minute of the bout. My rival was seriously in the trouble since the nine round. I am now IBF Inter-Continental champion and NABF North American champion, then, my name should appears in top 15 or the international boxing ratings in the weeks to come. I really hope to dispute a world championship bout run the years to come.”

Just before the main event, the Montrealer light heavyweight Wilfred Seyi obtained his fifth victory in pro boxing (5-0-0) in beating the Polish Bartosz Barczynski (2-2-0) by TKO in the third round. Seyi attacked furiously in each round, and he hurt twice his opponent in the third round. And Seyi provoked a knockdown during the last minute of this third round, and the referee intervened to stop the bout 36 seconds before the end of the round.

Terry Osias, a light heavyweight (175 pounds) living on the Montréal south shore, stayed undefeated in nine pro bouts (9-0-0) with a win by unanimous decision in six rounds over the Argentinian Maximiliano Corso (6-4-1). The judges scored all the fight 60-53 for the Canadian. The fight was spectacular, but Osias, who was the attacker, dominated more rounds than his rival.

The Montrealer lightweight Whithney Baille scored his eight win in pro boxing (8-0-0) in beating the Mexican Julian Mondo (6-3-1) by unanimous decision in six rounds. The judges cards was: 58-56, 59-55 and 60-54 in favor of the Montrealer. Mondo was efficient in counter-attack, but Baille was the aggressor in almost every rounds.

The Montrealer welterweight (147 pounds) Roodsy Vincent improved his pro record to 3-1-0, in beating the Montrealer Dwayne Durel (6-3-0) by majority decision of the judges in four rounds. The fight was intense, each fighter tried to win by KO in each round. The judges scored the fight 39-37, 38-38 and 40-36 for Vincent.

The Montrealer female super lightweight (140 pounds) Jessica Camara increased her pro record to 6-1-0, with a victory by majority decision of the judges over the Mexican Dalila Velazquez (5-2-0). The bout was close, but Camara was a bit better than her opponent in the last three rounds.

In the opening bout of the evening, the Montrealer female welterweight Marie-Pier Houle made successful pro debut in winning by unanimous decision in four rounds over the Mexican Maria Guadalupe Duran (1-3-0). Houle was more aggressive than her opponent. She was the aggressor in each round. And Houle connected more punches than her rival in each round.


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