When Mary Spencer froze former world champion Chris Namus three times in the very first round, Marie-Ève Dicaire's name started circulating in the casino.
Namus had lost in 10 rounds against Dicaire in the final at the Videotron Center in Quebec, in 2018. That evening, Dicaire had become world champion. Ten rounds, including a few to Namus' advantage.
And Thursday, at the Casino de Montréal, in a blistering demonstration, Spencer knocked her down three times in less than two minutes. Fans were making the comparison and talking loud and clear about a Dicaire versus Spencer clash.
Many added that it wouldn't happen, that Dicaire would push himself as far as possible to keep his belt. And then, the two women are part of different promotion companies.
“The fans obviously want this fight. So I'm ready to do everything to make it happen. The fans are right”, explained Camille Estephan yesterday morning after a short night's sleep.
If you want to understand why people maintain that the fight will not take place, have a look on the TVA Sports website the two minutes of Spencer's fight. Dicaire probably saw the video too.
BEST GALA IN A LONG TIME
It was a boxing night like I don't remember having known one. All nine fights were stunning. Artem Oganesyan was fighting in the fifth fight and despite his cruel loss, we had yet to see a knockout. And all the clashes had been close.
Oganesyan ate a bloody volley. He spent the night and part of the day yesterday in the hospital. Two broken ribs. Dante Jardon, the Mexican, bludgeoned him the whole fight.
“Artem is only 22 years old. But this is no ordinary loss,” noted Marc Ramsay after the night.
“He was devastated. We did everything we could to try to revive him, but his fall to the floor in the first round cut off his legs,” continued the coach.
Ramsay and Estephan had an answer on Thursday: Oganesyan will have to beat at 147 lbs. He can't beat a bull like “Crazy” Jardon at 154 lbs.
The fight that got the crowd going was Steven Butler. He completely overpowered Brandon Brewer, and I agree with Butler when he said the referee should have stopped the duel after the sixth round.
Butler got some messy instructions from his corner, but when Rénald Boisvert took control, he applied himself to managing his victory with methodical attacks.
Butler wouldn't be Butler if he hadn't indulged in some not-so-elegant antics when his opponent refused to go down despite the sledgehammers, but he gave an encouraging performance. He's strong, he hits hard, he remains vulnerable to a right thrown over the shoulder, but as they say, he's only 26 years old.
THE EXCELLENCE OF BAZINYAN
As for Erik Bazinyan, he was excellent. Against Marcelo Esteban Coceres, a very good opponent who had given Billy Joe Saunders a hard time, he was technical, fast, powerful at times, and above all, he followed the game plan to the letter. He is only a couple of wins away from a chance for a world title.
The rest, Félix Desjardins of Agence QMI tells you about it…
Happy who like Ulysses…
L.-P. Nephew is pampered in life. He's a boss. On Wednesday, he left Tampa to come to Montreal for the boxing gala. Tampa-Chicago, perfect.
In Chicago, he was told that his flight to Montreal United-Air Canada was cancelled. So he sleeps at the hotel. The next day he was found a Chicago-Boston flight and then Boston-Montreal. He gets up at a quarter to 6 a.m. to read a text message telling him that he will be going through Detroit instead. Flight Chicago-Detroit and four-hour stop in Detroit.
He ends up arriving in Montreal in a rush unlike any baggage carousel. His two suitcases did not follow and there are 30 people ahead of him in line for declarations of lost luggage.
“I came home for the Steven Butler fight. I missed my match in Tampa to come to boxing and I missed my boxing night too, ”says Louis-Philippe Neveu, of TVA Sports.
That will teach him. Why do you think I came back from West Palm Beach in an Audi?
POLICE OCCUPIED CABARET
I counted 20 policemen in the casino cabaret. In a black Montreal police combat uniform. Plus the greens of the Sûreté du Québec. Apparently there was also the RCMP. Must be the polite guy I talked to.
The promoter didn't ask for them. Nor the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux, as confirmed by Marco Bergeron. So it would be the casino?
Well, when you didn't give a damn about offering valet service, your carpets looked dirty, there was more atmosphere at the funeral of my friend Pierre Rouleau that in this gloomy casino, you don't disgust people by scanning them at the entrance to the cabaret?
They explained to me that they are looking for weapons. Street gangs? We don't want to say it. This would be the norm for cabaret. But I know that the ladies had to take off their rings and bangles to enter the cabaret.
I can't wait to see what we'll do when Mario Pelchat offers his next singing tour.. .
Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my email@example.com 1-800-268-7128