Mathieu Germain is the new IBF Intercontinental Champion
BETTING À DAY
Mathieu Germain worked hard to extract a victory from Ontarian Steven Wilcox and thus get his hands on the IBF intercontinental welterweight belt, Thursday evening, at Place Bell in Laval.
Germain (22-2-2, 9 KOs) finally won by unanimous decision of the judges, who gave cards of 96-94, 97 -93 and 97-93.
“I'm happy with myself, I won and I'm going to get back into the world top 15,” commented hotly in the ring at the end of his fight against the Quebecer. Steven was harder to hit more than I thought. He's a good boxer, with a lot of experience, but I'm the champion.”
“I'll wait for the phone to ring, we'll look at it with my manager and Yvon [Michel , his promoter], he continued. I am 33 years old, I want to go fight outside to see what is available to us. We're going to go and we're going to win.”
Conceding five inches to Wilcox (24-4-1, 7 K.-O. ), Germain quietly imposed his rhythm, occasionally hitting the target and varying the blows to the body and face.
From the third round, the boxer from Mascouche made some great combinations, leaving his 32-year-old rival often without an effective response.
Wilcox had a small burst of life on the sixth attack, hitting Germain hard on the chin on the next. But the crowd favourite, cut near the right eye, held on late in the fight.