One of the best things about so many Filipino fighters is their willingness to travel for fights. Often it leaves them being over matched in places like Mexico and Thailand though plenty have made their names on the road.
Obviously Manny Pacquiao has become a star in the US, though first won a world title in Thailand, whilst Johnriel Casimero has become a modern day road warrior with notable fights in Argentina, Mexico, South Africa, Panama, Nicaragua and Thailand. Likewise Denver Cuello has more stamps on his passport than most with bouts in Thailand, Mexico, USA, Dubai and Japan.
This past Friday we saw two more Filipino's go away from home to take part in bouts that they were supposed to lose. As is often the case with fighters from the Philippines, they failed to read the script and rather than crumbling to the home fighter both men put up a real fight.
The first of those in action was the unknown Jestoni Autida (9-3, 4). Autida was a 24 year old fighter would only have been known by the incredibly hardcore who may have seen him push world ranked Bantamweight Petch Sor Chitpattana close in March. On Friday the he stepped back up to his natural Super Bantamweight and faced Ratchasak KKP (29-4-1, 14), a man who was known for twice dropping Rex Tso in May 2014.
It was at the beginning of round 9 that Tomlinson started to box and it was fair enough to give the home fighter the final two rounds as he closed the gap on the scorecard of a neutral fan.
At the final bell it seemed as if both fighters knew who had won, Aguelo had done more than enough to deserve the victory. He had landed the better shots, he had racked up the rounds, he had done the damage, sadly though he had been jobbed on the cards of the judges with two of the judges some how giving the fight to Tomlinson with scores of 97-93 and 97-94, both inexplicable scores.
Whilst Aguelo has again been a loser on the road he will know that he deserved the win, fans,including Australians, have stated he should have won. Sometimes getting the win on your record is the most important thing, however a loss that leaves fans wanting to see more of you can be much better than a win that leaves fans bored. For Aguelo this “loss” may well have been just as good as a win, and better yet it was on free TV in Australia acting as a huge advert for the 27 year old.
Whilst many fighters are happy to stay at home, pick up their wins and losses, sometimes it can be so much more rewarding for fighters to travel. That was was seen for both Autida and Aguelo who both enhanced their reputations and whilst most casual fans world wide may not give them much attention it's fair to say both did make new fans.
Thinking Out East
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