Mexican fighter Cesar Juarez (19-5, 14) really has enjoyed fighting Filipino opponents over the last year or so. In 2015 he supplanted himself as one of the toughest and bravest Super Bantamweights as he climbed off the canvas several times en route to a decision loss to Nonito Donaire, in what was a hotly contest bout with Juarez giving Donaire hell in the latter stages. Earlier this year he built on his reputation by climbing off the canvas to derail the rising Albert Pagara, defeating Pagara in 8 rounds.
Last night the Mexican took on the unheralded Richard Pumicpic (18-8-2, 6) and we got another thriller as Pumicpic went to the lion's den and happily went to war with Juarez in a thoroughly entertaining and action packed bout that started fast and rarely slowed with both letting their hands go freely.
The action was relentless but sadly for Pumicpic it always seemed liek the naturally larger Juarez was stronger, more powerful and more accurate than the Filipino terrier. That didn't make life easy for Jaurez but he did come through with the win, helped by a knockdown in a oacked 6th round, claiming the decision with scores of 95-93, 96-93 and an unfairly wide 98-91.
Although this was an 8th career defeat for Pumicpic he really did do enough to put himself on the map, like Juarez himself did in his loss to Donaire, and hopefully he will sees doors open for more opportunities like this, allowing him to show case his skills, toughness, will and exciting style. For Juarez however another title fight can't be far away, and a potential rematch with either Donaire or Pagara should be welcomed by neutrals.
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