WBO – Super Middleweight Youth Champion Improves to 15-0
Montreal – April 9, 2017 – Erik Bazinyan stepped up in weight class and delivered a prized performance at La Tohu Saturday night, defeating the hard hitting Alis Sijaric.
The fight was the main event of Rixa Promotions April 8, 2017 card, which featured a show stopping 10 bouts. Bazinyan paced his attack early and in the 4th round, the WBO Super Middleweight Youth Champion who was fighting in the light heavyweight class, teed-off on Sijaric (13-3) with a furious flurry of punches, enroute to his 10th KO – while improving his undefeated record to 15-0.
The RIXA Promotions protégé showed no signs of rust after his seven-month absence for the ring. Bazinyan is a super middleweight and showed courage in moving up in weight class and engaging with the veteran 34-year-old Sijaric , who has legitimate power, with 11 of his 13 wins coming via knockout. Bazinyan is the first fighter to stop Sijaric.
Bazinyan also showed some versatility by alternating from his natural right-handed fighting style, to southpaw. This tactic implemented by Bazinyan’s trainer Howard Grant, may have caught Sijaric off guard.
“We worked on it and Howard encouraged me to add some versatility to my game,” Bazinyan told reporters after the fight. “As for Sijaric, he has heavy hands, I was patient and picked my spots and was able to execute on a series on punches in the fourth round and end the fight.”
MEXICAN FIGHTERS DELIVER STRONG PERFORMANCES
In penultimate fight, Rudy Pierre-Paul (14-3-1) earned a unanimous decision over a game Noel Mejia Rincon (20-12-1) of Mexico; the judge’s scorecards scored it 79-73, 79-73 and 77- 75.
Pierre-Paul was up against a much heavier opponent in Rincon. Pierre-Paul managed to win rounds by being agile, and initiating some volume attacks. Rincon stunned Pierre-Paul in the 5th round with what appeared to be a thumb to the eye. Referee Alberto Padulo Jr. didn’t call it and allowed the fight to continue.
“I felt the blow to my eye,“ Pierre-Paul says. “When he (Rincon) continued his attack, I knew the referee did not see it. Fortunately it did not affect the outcome of the fight.”
GOLDEN GARCIA EARNS MAJORITY DRAW
Golden Garcia (8-0-1) earned a majority draw against Jorge Luis Melendez (8-3-2) of Mexico. Two judges scored the fight 76-76 and the third judge gave the advantage to Melendez 78-74. Garcia thought the scorecard reflected his effort in the fight. Garcia remains undefeated, but his eight-fight winning streak is over.
Another Mexican, Guillermo Garcia, defeated Dwayne Durel, who recently left Grant Brothers Boxing. Fans cheered the announcement of the scorecard; 57-56, 56-57 and 59-54 in favour of the Mexican fighter. There was no question who won this fight; Garcia stunned, and sent Durel to the canvas in the second round. Durel showed some courage in getting back into the fight – but Garcia appeared to be the better fighter on this night.
YOUNG TALENT AND FIRST IMPRESSIONS
The early part of the card featured some up and coming talents who are part of Rixa Promotions and Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM). Former Olympian, Christian MBili, (3-0) squared off against Sergio de Leon (7-2). Mbilli scored a third-round KO with a series of body shots, which drove de Leon to one knee, on two occasions.
Lucian Bute’s protégé Dario Bredicean was also impressive in scoring his second-round win over Francisco Rios; Bredicean improves to 13-0.
Fan favourite Jordan Balmir didn’t disappoint, delivering a superb performance to get his 4th win in as many fights. His coach Jimmy Boisvert was not impressed with the start of the fight and got on Balmir, who responded to his trainer’s instructions in the second round and systematically destroyed Akos Kovacs (2-3).
Brossard native and Rixa Promotions talent Chann Thonson (2-0) scored a TKO win over David Berner. A tip of the cap to Jean-Michel Bolivar and Mohamed Soumaoro who both made their pro debuts, each earning TKO victories. Rixa Promotions next boxing gala is Saturday June 10th.