Having bother sleeping? Glance a replay of Saturday’s war between John Riel Casimero and Guillermo Rigondeaux.
Casimero used to be contented to inch away the ring at Dignity Health Sports activities Park in Carson, Calif., with a atomize up-determination victory and his 118-pound title nonetheless it wasn’t an especially honest evening for anybody, most particularly the fans.
The warring parties combined to land 91 whole punches in the 12-spherical war, a median of seven.6 per spherical, according to CompuBox. Neither fighter landed in double digits in any spherical.
The pattern of the war used to be the same for the length of, the match 40-year-extinct Rigondeaux pedaling across the ring on his correctly-oiled bicycle and throwing punches only here and there as those on hand booed. Casimero, in overall a busy fighter, chasing the defensive wizard from Cuba nonetheless by no blueprint in fact in a space to diminish off the ring and dump his unpleasant combinations.
In the pinnacle, the judges had as advanced a time as Casimero as it used to be most now no longer going to foretell who would possibly maybe win after the final bell. Here’s what they determined: Tim Cheatham scored it for Rigondeaux 115-113 nonetheless Robert Hoyle (117-111) and Daniel Sandoval (116-112) thought Casimero gained.
Cheatham obviously thought Rigondeaux (20-2, 13 KOs) landed splendid enough counter punches to eke it out. Hoyle and Sandoval evidently rewarded Casimero (31-4, 21 KOs) for his aggression.
Casimero, who had stopped his earlier six opponents, used to be contented – and it seems relieved – when the determination used to be announced.
“My expectations were for a knockout,” he said. “Me and all my fans wished that. I did my simplest to knock him out, nonetheless he used to be splendid running and now no longer fighting.”
Rigondeaux, a two-time Olympic champion who has by no blueprint been an entertaining fighter, understands that his trend isn’t pleasing nonetheless he believes it’s efficient. He thought he deserved to win the war, which would possibly maybe well’ve given him a third world title.
“No one wants to war with me because I frustrate them in the ring,” said Rigondeaux, who has no plans to retire. “I landed the punches that I desired to in picture to win the war tonight. Here’s how I win. I gain these God-given talents and here is the blueprint I demonstrate them.
“I’m a recount fighter. It’s my trend and it’s the sole one I do know. You can seek I’m mute better than anybody else in the lighter weight classes and I’m going to sustain fighting.”
Casimero can now inch on from the Cuban nightmare. He had a 3-man hit checklist going into the war, including Rigondeaux and two fellow titleholders.
“I had a 3-war belief,” he said enthusiastically. “First used to be Rigondeaux, and I beat him. Subsequent is Nonito Donaire after which finally Naoya Inoue.”
Casimero damaged-down fingers to depend down Rigondeaux and the many two attainable foes, saving his heart finger for Inoue.
Those watching on Saturday evening would possibly maybe’ve given the same to Casimero and Rigondeaux.
In preliminary fights, Gary Antonio Russell (18-0, 12 KOs) vs. Emanuel Rodriguez (19-2, 12 KOs) used to be declared a no-contest after the warring parties’ heads collided and injured Rodriguez seconds into the bantamweight title eliminator. The bout ended after only 16 seconds.
And, in the Showtime opener, damaged-down titleholder Rau’shee Warren (19-3, 5 KOs) stopped Damien Vazquez (15-3-1, 8 KOs) in the second spherical to re-deliver himself as a viable 118-pound contender.