Pumicpic was written off by many going into this bout due solely to his less than stellar record. Despite that we did imagine it'd be a tough one given that Pumicpic is tough, hungry and refuses to just sit down and lose.
It proved to be tougher than we had imagine with Pumicpic giving Iwasa a night mare round, after round, after round.
After 4 rounds the judges knew they were scoring a close one, the fans knew they were watching a close one and both fighters knew they were competing in a very competitive bout.
The judges, who openly scored after 4 rounds, had the bout a majority draw with scores of 37-37, twice, and 39-37 to Iwasa. It was that close that neither man had really managed to do enough to deserve to be in the lead.
If things were hard for the champion in the first 4 rounds then it's fair to say they never became easy with Pumicpic holding his own in every single round. There was never a case of Iwasa really taking control of a bout many had tipped him as a likely clear winner.
The narrow, hard fought conditions of the fight had effectively left the decision being tense, and a worrying moment for both men. Things got even more tense as the scores were read, 114-114, 116-13 and 116-114. For Iwasa it was enough, just, to retain his title, in what will go down as one of the toughest bouts of his career.
Although he lost Pumicpic made a statement that was loud and clear. I am going to go places, I am going to be difficult to beat and one day I am going to be an OPBF champion. It was great to see and he has seriously put the division on alert that he is never going to be a push over, something many seem to think he is. Watch out, this kid will be a major force in the near future with performances like this one.
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