Sunday, 19 March 2017

Rungvisai upsets Chocolatito in NY.

WBC Super Flyweight champion and current pound 4 pound candidate Roman Chocolatito Gonzalez (46-1, 38 KO’s) widely considered to be the best fighter in the world, lost his title, unbeaten record and P4P status on Saturday night on the Madison Square Garden card, when he was dropped, cut and outpointed over 12 by relatively unheralded Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand in a huge upset..   Chocolatito got off the floor from a body shot in the first, to battle his way back into the fight. A clash of heads opened up a horrendous cut over his eye which left Gonzalez peering through a mask of blood throughout the remainder of the battle..  Both fighters had consecutive successes, in a bout that would have justified a draw..  But it was Rungvisai (42-4-1, 38 Ko's) who was handed the 12-round majority decision by scores of 114-112 (twice) and 113-113.
The announcement of the decision was hugely unpopular, after such an entertaining close fight, it seemed a sorry way for such a highly regarded champion to lose his title..
Following the decision, highly regarded, Hall of fame referee and judge Joe Cortez Stated that he thought the judges got it wrong and made a mistake in awarding Rungvisai the decision..   Cortez scored it in favour of Gonzalez by 6 points, having watched the bout from an elevated position where he saw Chocolatito land far more punches throughout the fight..  offering consolation that even Muhammad Ali lost fights, Gonzales needs to come back and avenge the defeat.