Roman Gonzalez outlanded Srisaket Sor Rungvisai by 157 total punches and 95 more power shots, but Sor Rungvisai pulled a March Madness shocker tonight at Madison Square Garden, taking the WBC super flyweight title and handing Gonzalez his first professional loss.
Scores were 113-113, 114-112, and 114-112 for a majority decision. Both Wil Esco and myself scored the fight 114-112 for Gonzalez, which is what HBO’s Harold Lederman had, as well.
Before we delve into the controversy — and there’s a lot — let’s say that first of all, this was a hell of a fight. Gonzalez (46-1, 38 KO) was down in the first round on a body shot that caught him a little off balance but definitely hurt him, the first time he’d been on the canvas in a decade.
Gonzalez was then cut outside the right eye on a clash of heads in the third round, and the blood that spurted from that wound may have played a role in how the judges scored the fight from ringside. The blood came because of repeated butts — Sor Rungivai (42-4-1, 38 KO) lost a point in round six, which effectively took away the extra point from the first round knockdown.
But this one is hard to call a true robbery. It was a back-and-forth struggle, and though Gonzalez landed more shots, Sor Rungvisai had arguments in plenty of rounds, and even though Wil and myself and Lederman all scored it for Gonzalez, we did so 7 rounds to 5, a thin margin. A couple swings the other way, and you wind up with Sor Rungvisai winning, which is what two of the three judges saw.
How did you have this one, and do you think Gonzalez was robbed?