Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and Andrea Bocelli may as well have been employed to officiate this weekend’s contest involving WBC Super Flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez Vs Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, they may actually have done a better job.
I’m Joking of course, maybe in so doing being a little harsh in making it sound like a robbery which it most certainly wasn’t, but whilst the argument of the winner from Gennady Golovkin Vs Daniel Jacobs rages on into it’s third day, I’m still sat in disbelief that anyone who witnessed the fight could have scored it in the manner in which Glen Feldman and Julie Lederman did from ringside
Sentiments that were shared recently by Hall of Famer and former world championship referee Joe Cortez
“Chocolatito won the fight clearly, there’s no doubt about it. I had Roman up in my scorecard by six points. It seems like the judges were watching a different fight than me and the audience, they made a mistake,” commented Cortez.
“I believe the position of the judges doesn’t help, the need to have a better position. They are missing a lot of punches, it doesn’t seem right, I’ve been saying for years the need to put the judges in a higher position, I was watching the fight from a higher angle and saw that Gonzalez connected the better punches”
I know that this already sounds like sour grapes, I promise I’m trying not to take anything away from what was a valiant performance from Srisaket Sor Rungvisai.
To be truthful I didn’t know much beforehand about this hard-hitting southpaw from Thailand, I glimpsed at his over padded record which was filled with opponents with winless records and debutants, nothing from the outset that cried out upset, so it wasn’t until Scott Graveson from Asian Boxing posted on a facebook post of his prediction of Gonzalez coming unstuck that I realised this may not be the soft defence I naively thought it to be
Srisaket to my surprise (Not to Scott) hardly took a backwards step in the fight, pushing back the champion with his natural size advantage, making his presence felt from the night’s opener as he gatecrashed the party with a body shot that dropped Gonzalez, the task at hand become that bit more difficult which was etched on the face of Gonzalez who took his time to rise from the canvas.
Gonzalez did, however, fight his way back into the contest, seizing control from the middle rounds on, albeit being hindered from an unintentional headbutt which left him with a nasty looking cut above his right eye, he had found his rhythm in putting on an offensive masterclass.
Srisket was warned further before being deducted a point for the third unintentional headbutt which looked to be the cause of a clash of styles more so than any rough housing, the two fighters mimicked two rams rutting, often letting their heads come together whilst infighting commenced at a frantic work rate.
Gonzalez looked to have done enough at the end of the twelve rounds to turn away a spirited challenge from Srisket which was mirrored on the CompuBox stats, Gonzalez outpunched (1,013-940) and out landed Sor Rungvisai (441-284) overall, but from the stats that mattered most the judges seen things a lot different rendering their scores by a majority in favour of the challenger, much to my surprise.
Frustration was felt from me as it was boxing’s most knowledgeable, ultimately it spelt an end to any thought of a super fight with Naoya Inoue who now seems destined to move north to the 118-pound division.
A Division Too Much
“Chocolatito” it’s clear to all just isn’t a Super Flyweight, glaringly more obvious in this fight than it was against Carlos Cuadras in September.
Every time the God-fearing Nicaraguan went to the well, he came up empty in the power stakes, he just couldn’t hurt Srisket even taking into consideration that he landed a Super Flyweight record of 372 Power Punches according to the CompuBox stats.
That being said I don’t envisage him going down to the 112-pound weight division, having already done what he needed in those waters, now aged 30 I fully expect him to continue in his current weight class, one which he is dwarfed by, but one in which he can ultimately right a wrong in the rematch with Srisket that he so desperately desires.