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Article: Phinn and Bazinyan draw

Phinn and Bazinyan draw

Phinn and Bazinyan draw

By: William Dumoulin

Photo credit: Eye of the Tiger – Vincent Ethier

There is an observable rise in the number of local fights in Quebec. After Butler-Rolls, Eye of the Tiger (EOTTM) presented us with a big 100% Quebec clash between Laval's Erik Bazinyan and Brossard's Shakeel Phinn. This duel was initially scheduled for April 11, but following Bazinyan's sinusitis, the duel was postponed to May 2. Here is a summary of the evening.

In the final of the evening, as mentioned previously, Quebecers Erik Bazinyan (32-0-1, 23 KO) and Shakeel Phinn (26-3-2, 17 KO) faced each other in a duel scheduled for 10 rounds with the title NABF and the WBA Continental super-middleweight at stake. The majority of observers expected a dominant performance from the Laval resident, considering his experience and his impressive technical background. However, it was Phinn's physical strength, punching power and punch volume that took precedence. Despite an incredible performance from Phinn, the judges handed out scorecards that led to a tie (97-93 Phinn, 96-94 Bazinyan and 95-95). Both Bazinyan's promoter, Camille Estephan, and Phinn's promoter, Tyler Buxton, have indicated an openness to organizing a rematch between the two men.

For the semi-final, the man who had seen his last fight last January canceled at the last minute, Avery-Martin Duval (11-0-1, 7 KO), returned to the ring after an absence of almost 1 year. For the occasion, he was opposed to Ezequiel Palaversic (8-3-1, 4 KOs) in a clash over 8 rounds. Duval's speed and technique allowed him to KO his opponent in the 4th engagement. The latter then caused a surprise in the press scrum, declaring that he was interested in a clash against his local rival, Thomas Chabot.

Speaking of Chabot, after several injuries and fight cancellations, the one nicknamed “The Ghost”, Thomas Chabot (10-0, 8 KO), was finally back against the Mexican Alfredo Jiminez Espino (6-2-1 , 2 KO). The latter had drawn in his last appearance in Quebec against Montrealer Jean Gardy François. Chabot wasted no time putting pressure on his opponent and managed to win by TKO in the 5th round.

Looking to keep his KO ratio at 100%, Jhon Orobio (8-0, 8 KOs) took on Christian Palma (33-15-2, 7 KOs) in a 6 round fight. Palma had gone 3 rounds with another Eye of the Tiger Management protégé, Arthur Biyarslanov. Orobio managed to beat Biyarslanov by stopping Palma in the 2nd round.

Buckingham slugger Alexandre Gaumont (9-0, 6 KOs) boxed against Abdallah Luanja (17-11-2, 12 KOs) over 6 rounds. Gaumont wasted no time in knocking out Luanja in the second round.

The French left-hander Moreno Fendero (5-0, 4 KO) boxed in a first 6 rounds against the Argentine veteran Nicolas Luque Palacios (13-11-2, 2 KO). In the last round of the fight, the Frenchman managed to KO his opponent.

The next two months will be busy for the Eye of the Tiger stable, as two events will be presented by the promotion. The first will take place on May 25 in Shawinigan, when Christian Mbilli will face Mark Heffron. The second will take place on June 6, when Steven Butler and Patrice Volny will face off in another 100% Quebec duel.

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