Antonin Decarie, Jo Jo Dan Score Wins at the Bell Centre
By German Villasenor (Feb 12, 2011) Doghouse Boxing
Welterweight Antonin Decarie, 25-1 (7), steamrolled his way over the game southpaw Shamone Alvarez, 21-4 (12), dropping the American fighter twice and busting him open over his left eye en route to a unanimous decision win over ten rounds in the main event of ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” at the Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada.

Decarie landed the best punch in the second, rattling Alvarez with a head shot, which froze the latter momentarily.

Stunned again in the fifth, while standing squared up, a right hand sent Alvarez onto the seat of his pants, for an eight-count. Bloodied, Alvarez tried to fight back, getting nailed hard by right hands upstairs.

Alvarez was dropped once again in the final rounds, via flash knockdown with a sharp right hand, sending him down with a cut alongside his left eye.

Alvarez was game throughout the bout, ultimately finding himself overpowered and behind on the cards at the end of the fight.

Scores were 97-91, 99-89 and 98-90 all for Decarie.

Jo Jo Dan Defeats Forbes in Six

In the co-featured bout, former world champion Steve Forbes, preparing for a final run at a world title, came into his bout looking in great shape but facing a bigger man in Romanian southpaw Jo Jo Dan, 28-1 (15). The fight ended in a decision loss for Forbes, when it went to the cards after an accidental headbutt in the sixth round.

Dan used his longer reach and height well, keeping Forbes on the outside. Forbes tried to counter but Dan looked busier and flashier against the former champ in the first three rounds, although neither man was very effective.

As expected, given Forbes’ history with accidental headbutts, a bad one occurred in the sixth round, when Forbes jumped in at the onset, clashing heads with Dan.

The fight was immediately halted upon the ringside doctor’s advice at :30 of the round.

Scores were 58-56 on all cards.

In other results, lightweights Ghilain Maduma, 3-0 (1), won an easy four-rounder against Isaac Bejarano, 9-9-1 (7), via unanimous 40-34 and 40-36 (twice) at the end of four.

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