Decarie off Bell Centre card
by Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada

The scheduled headline bout between welterweight prospect Antonin Decarie (25-1 7KO) and former two-time world champion Jose Luis Castillo set for the Bell Centre in Montreal has been cancelled due to a training injury to Decarie. Undefeated super-lightweight Dierry Jean (19-0 13KO) will move up to the main-event as he challenges veteran Francisco Lorenzo (37-10 17KO).

Decarie injured his right shoulder during training although trainer Marc Ramsay could not pinpoint the exact incident where the mishap took place. “It was last week and he was feeling a pain in his chest,” Ramsay told Fightnews. “The day after, it was a lot worse and he saw a doctor and tried to rehab the situation but the last sparring that he did the injury was a lot worse.

“I was unable to put him in the ring in that condition, especially with an opponent like Castillo.” Decarie who has bounced back nicely with a pair of victories since his only career loss, a close controversial decision at the hands of Souleymane M’Baye for an interim WBA title. “He has a lot of inflammation in the area right now,” said Ramsay who said they are closely monitoring the situation.

Russ Anber who also works Decarie’s corner also quickly realized that the fighter would be on the shelf for this week. “We went to shake hands while I was in the ring which is only about eighteen inches off the ground,” said Anber. “You could tell right there from the expression on his face that he wasn’t going to be fighting. If he was hurting shaking hands, he wasn’t going to make it into the ring against Castillo.”

The card still promises to be a good one with Dierry Jean returning after almost a year after suffering a broken jaw in his last fight. Jean faces 39 year-old Francisco Lorenzo who despite his ten losses has faced off versus some excellent opposition and has never been stopped.

Promoters are looking for a new improved opponent for Elieder Alvarez (5-0) who now moves up to co-feature on the night.

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