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NSAC considers suspending Yenifel Vicente for repeated low blows

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Vicente was disqualified in the final round after having four points deducted.

Jessie Magdaleno v Yenifel Vicente Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images

Jessie Magdaleno may have scored a win on Thursday night, but it surely didn’t come the way he would’ve hoped as opponent Yenifel Vicente wound up being disqualified in the 10th round. To that point Vicente has been warned and deducted four points for throwing punches below the belt, before referee Robert Byrd decided he had finally seen enough with just over a minute left in the fight.

Now Nevada State Athletic commissioner Bob Bennett is weighing a decision to levy further punishment upon Vicente, with a possible suspension in the works.

“There were several shots below the belt,” Bennett said. “Subsequent, referee Byrd took points and as the executive director I am considering moving forward with a recommendation of a suspension or a letter of reprimand to Vicente.”

Vicente will, of course, be afforded the opportunity to defend himself in front of the commission before they ultimately decide whether or not they believe there was an intention to consistently foul or injure Magdaleno in that fight. And for his part, Magdaleno thinks a suspension is justified.

“They should suspend him for a while,” Magdaleno said. “It’s just, I don’t wish nothing bad upon him but something should happen. They should do something to either suspend him for the rest of the year or take something from his pay.”

Magadaleno admits that he woke up the day after the fight with his lower half “sore as hell,” feeling like he just ran a marathon while being hit in the nuts. Discomforting, to say the least.

We’ll see what happens.