Canadian welterweight standout Antonin Decarie scored a one-sided unanimous decision over game fringe contender Shamone Alvarez in a 10-round Friday Night Fights main event from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, on Friday.
Decarie (25-1, 7 knockouts) dropped Alvarez in the fifth and eighth rounds en route to winning by scores of 99-89, 98-90, 97-91.
Alvarez, a busy southpaw from Atlantic City, outworked Decarie in the first two rounds of the bout but the 28-year-old Montreal native began working his way into the bout in the third round by landing clean right hands.
A crisp one-two combination knocked Alvarez (21-4, 12 KOs) to the seat of his trunks midway through the fifth and although the 34-year-old veteran got up and landed a few shots of his own before the end of the round, Decarie was in firm command over the second half of the bout.
Decarie consistently beat the older fighter to the punch with one-two combinations and hard single body shots, but Alvarez hung tough and returned fire as often as he could. Alvarez’s willingness to stand and trade with Decarie resulted in a flash knockdown in the eighth when the Canadian connected with a short right hand.
The unanimous decision was Decarie’s second victory since he suffered a close points loss to former 140-pound beltholder Souleymane M’baye last May.
In the co-featured bout of the ESPN2 broadcast, welterweight fringe contender Ionut “Jo-Jo” Dan Ion scored a unanimous technical decision over former 130-pound titleholder Steve Forbes.
The fight was halted 30 seconds into the sixth round after an accidental head butt opened a deep crescent-shaped gash over the left eye of Forbes.
Ion (28-1, 15 KOs), a Romania-born southpaw who is based in Montreal, won by unanimous scores of 58-56.
Forbes, best known for his participation in The Contender reality TV series and a 12-round loss to Oscar De La Hoya in 2008, is now 3-6 in his last nine bouts. It should be noted that four of the 33-year-old veteran’s losses were to De La Hoya (in a junior middleweight bout), welterweight titleholder Andre Berto, and controversial decisions to then-unbeaten Demetrius Hopkins and Contender winner Grady Brewer.
Forbes has never been stopped.