Late on Saturday night fans had the chance to see the under-rated Ricky Sismundo (30-9-2, 13) [原田 門戸]* take on the world ranked Jose Felix Jr (33-1-1, 25).
On paper it was a mismatch with the bookies prices Sismundo as a 5-1 under-dog but the Filipino seemed to ignore the script as he took the bout to Felix. From the first round to the last Sismundo fought with a serious determination and although Felix met him early on the Mexican was forced to back pedal through much of the later rounds as a hungry Sismundo continued to force the action.
In round 6 Sismundo's hunger got the better of him, with the Japanese based Filipino being deducted a point for hitting after the bell, but that same hunger saw him continue to try and grind down Felix in rounds 9 and 10.
Give the aggression of the Filipino he did seem like he had done enough to win a decision, and score a huge upset, but sadly for him the judges wouldn't give him the upset with only one judge, Max DeLuca, scoring the bout to Sismundo, with a score of 95-94 in favour of the Filipino. He was over-ruled by Daniel Sandoval, who had the bout a disappointing 96-93 to the Mexican, and Jonathan Davis, who had it 95-94 to the Mexican.
Notably had Sismundo not had the point deducted he'd have earned a split draw instead of a split decision loss.
For Felix the result will feel like a lucky escape, however it does his world title hopes no good at all and his team have a lot to do before putting him in with a world class Lightweight.
*Note-Sismundo fights under an adopted name in Japan
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