In 2016 we saw the WBA Minimumweight title being won by Knockout CP Freshmart (19-0, 7) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] as he over-came Nicaraguan fighter Byron Rojas (25-4-3, 11) in a mandatory title fight. Today the two men met again, this time with Rojas as the mandatory challenger to Knockout's title. Sadly however the bout was an unmemorable wrestle-fest, much like their first, with fouls, holding, lunging, and very messy work through out, much like their first bout which started well but became one of the most gruelling 12 round watches of recent memory.
Rojas started this bout looking sensational. He looked sharp, huge and powerful as he established his work very early, fighting at a high work rate and almost coming out like a fighter who knew he had to make an early impression. By round 2 however that work rate had slowed, and it allowed Knockout to get inside and work away up close, going to the body of the challenger, and even hurting him with a body shot.
Sadly round 3 was the start of the bouts messy down fall, with Rojas struggling to create distance, and Knockout doing everything he could to get inside, leading with the head, going low and generally spoiling. It made life difficult fro Rojas who was unable to create space, and often unable to free himself from the holding of Knockout.
Rounds 4,5 and 6 all followed a similar pattern, with a lot of holding and messy action, neither man clearly distinguishing themselves from the other. It seemed, perhaps, that Knockout was edging them, but a strong case could be that he was also the one responsible for the lack of action with Rojas at least looking to fight, rather than wrestle. Sadly for Rojas his frustrations became clear in round 7 when he suffered a cut to his right eye and seemed to argue with the referee. It seemed Rojas had also gotten annoyed by the style of the fight.
Knockout Finally started to have eye catching success in round 8, and that success lead to more success in rounds 9 and 10 as he began to let combinations go, and slurry the Nicaraguan, who looked tired, and frustrated. It seemed like Knockout wanted to go for the finish, and make a statement. In round 11 however Rojas began to land clean shots, including a massive right hand that would have taken down a lesser man, that was the start of a good round for Rojas who seemed to also do enough to take the final round, as Knockout cruised through the last 3 minutes.
At the final bell Knockout rush to celebrate in the corner whilst Rojas seemed to know he wasn't getting the decision. Something that was confirmed when the cards were read out as 115-113, 117-111 and 116-112, all to Knockout who retained his title, but once again bored fans.
For a fighter with such a great moniker Knockout really has failed to deliver excitement in recent bouts, and we do wonder how good he really is. On this performance he's better than Rojas, but not by a lot, and he's certainly not an exciting fighter to watch
Every so often we look forward to a fight with the expectation that it will be a modern day classic. On paper the styles should work, the reward for the winner should drive both on to perform to their best and for some reason their appears to be everything there for something special
Sadly they don't all go the way we expect,and that was the case earlier today when Knockout CP Freshmart (13-0, 6) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] battled Byron Rojas (17-3-3-1, 8) to become the true WBA Minimumweight champion.. On paper the bout had the reward of being the only recognised WBA champion at 105lbs, it had two aggressively minded men and it had the attention of the hardcore fans, not just the local fans of the two fighters, from Thailand and Nicaragua.
Sadly however the bout ended up being mostly a torturous affair with several things ruining what should have been a great fight.
The bout started fast, and Rojas came out like a man on a mission in the opening round before Knockout started to return fire in an opening round that seemed to suggest we were on to something special. The second round was also promising with Knockout showing a fast start and bullying the Nicaraguan fighter around with his physical strength and power.
Sadly the bout then went down hill with both quickly looking tired and as if the unique conditions in Thailand had quickly taken it's toll on both fighters who spend much of the next 10 rounds holding, wresting, spoiling and generally destroying the memories the first two rounds. It seemed that neither could make more than a spurt of boxing in every round, and when they managed that the other found a way to kill the momentum.
With both holding and wrestling the bout became a farcical mess with the referee being just as busy, if not busier, than the two fighters. Had that just been a few of the later rounds then it'd have been fair enough, but with it being vast swathes of the bout it left everyone feeling disappointed.
The holding did keep things competitive, but it was more due to the lack of action that things were close, rather than the back and forth of a truly good fight. It was due to it being a “competitive mess” that their was some genuine intrigue in the scorecards, which could have been completely all over the place. Surprisingly however there were all the same, 115-113 to Knockout CP Freshmart.
Given the expectation of the bout this stank, and despite the scorecards we don't imagine many fans will be calling for a rematch. Both men were guilty of holding, the conditions did the bout no favours but they are merely excuses for a bout that quickly became disjointed and was rarely enjoyable.
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