by Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada
Welterweight Antonin Decarie (26-1 7KO) captured a hard fought decision against very awkward Victor Lupo (19-2-2 9KO) capturing the WBC International belt. In a bout that had as many clenches as punches, Decarie was able to prevail with 117-112, 118-1110, 118-110 decision. Lupo who was coming off a huge win in February against former world champion Junior Witter let it be known from the opening bell that he was prepared to use any means necessary to try and gain the upper hand by hitting behind the head, going low, and hitting after an ordered break, all in the first three minutes. If the intended result was to get Decarie off his game, it didn't work as the Montreal fighter remained focused throughout the bout and got the better of most of the exchanges.
The second half of the fight had Decarie fighting with a badly swollen right eye that the fighter wasn't entirely sure how it occurred but it had little effect according to the eventual winner. "I was only really aware of it when I heard his corner yelling at him that it was swollen and to target it," said Decarie after the fight.
Decarie was able to land some stinging blows to the body in the opening rounds that had the Toronto based fighter holding his hands in an act of bravado encouraging him to take his best shot. When Lupo employed the same tactic in the seventh round, Decarie willing obliged his opponent with a follow overhand right to the jaw. Decarie was able to handle the physicality dealt up by Lupo who would often unload but not penetrate a tight defence by Decarie.
The seventh round saw Lupo swallow a big right hand to the body from Decarie and go for to tie up his opponent only not to find him not there and fall to his knees. It was waived off as a knockdown but Decarie didn't let up scoring a second right hand moments later. By the next round, Lupo cut under his left eye was visibly growing weary of the attack from Decarie. As the fight morphed into the championship rounds, referee Jean Guy Brosseau was getting cheers as big as either fighter as he jumped in time after time to break up the constant clenches. Chants of "Guy Guy" rained down from the rafters as fans grew frustrated with the lack of action put forth by the two fighters. Decarie was soon able to get fans back on his side with a productive eleventh where he was able to land a couple of uppercuts on Lupo who was still working hard an putting forth a formable effort.
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