Last night worked out very well for me in terms of fight watching. I watched the HBO Bad fights and than switched over in time to watch the main event of UFC 149 (which I could of done without). Than it's over to American Azteca for the Jorge Paez Jr-Omar Chavez rematch. It's the under-card fight to that, that leads to this post (that and I'm killing time).
The fight was between Super Featherweight champion Bryan Vasquez and Jorge Lacierva. For those not to familiar with Thomas he's Costa Rica's first ever world champion. The fact Takashi Uchiyama is the legit WBA champion and Thomas only holds the Interim title is a simple case of semantics to them. Either way he's not a bad fighter. Lacierva is a more familiar name. He's a career contender who took the 0 from Mariciano Pastrana (when he was good) and had loss on points in his previous championship fights against the mediocre Billy Dib, the very good Celestino Caballero and the HOF great Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson. This was his 4th and most likely last try at a title.
The fight was very entertaining. As well as hella dirty. These 2 reportedly had to be separated at the previous night weight in and it showed it. It just might of been the dirtiest fight I ever seen. These 2 would of made Joel Casamayor so proud he would of shed tears. The fight had it all. Head butts. Low blows. Rabbit punches. Elbows. Hitting on the break. Every round included at least 5 or more fouls. It wasn't the case of one fighter being dirty. Both fighters had no problem resorting to dirty tactics. The two worse ones were Thomas throwing a lead elbow the way Mayweather throws a lead right and Lacierva throwing a right hook to Thomas knee cap (yes knee cap) that dropped them. In each case no points were deducted. No points were deducted in the whole fight. The announcers were so disgusted in "this alley fight" that they were asking for points to be deducted. But they never were. The ref was Romina Arroyo. A female ref from Argentina. Why she was chosen to ref a fight between a Mexican and Costa Rican in Mexico for a title that head quarters in Valenzuela I will never know. She was clearly a poor choice. The odd thing about her performance was that she didn't really seem to be in over her head. And never she really lost control of the fight. It was obvious from her mannerisms that she had ref before and wasn't new to it. She just wouldn't deduct points. She just simply ignored the fouls like they either didn't happen or just didn't care about them. The only warnings she issued were to both men for leading with there heads. Which happened all night. Damn. I'm outta time and gotta go.
Should females be allowed to ref male championship fights?