Miami, Oklahoma– In a controversial ending to a rather mundane main event, Ashley Theophane (27-4-1, 7 KOs) upset ranked Delvin Rodriguez (25-5-2, 14 KOs) via majority decision.
The bout, itself, didn’t provide a whole lot of action, but Rodriguez seemed to be carry most of the action and score with the crisper, more accurate shots. Rodriguez appeared to be fading late, but he was content on limping to the finish line, taking for granted that he would be well ahead on the scorecards.
On second thought, he should’ve turned on the gas and closed strong because the judges had the fight even right up to the very end. The final scorecards read: 95-95, 96-94, 96-94 for Theophane. The Boxing Tribune had the fight scored 96-94 for Rodriguez.
Also, on the undercard, middleweight, Andy Lee (26-1, 16 KOs) beat James Cook (11-3-1, 8 KOs) via fifth round KO.
On the undercard:
Francisco Sierra (22-3, 21 KOs) battered and bloodied a previously undefeated Donovan George (20-1-1, 17 KOs) in a one-sided butchering that almost ended up a DQ loss for Sierra.
Well in command and about to put George away after already having dropped him in the round, Sierra landed the second punch in a one-two combination after the bell in the seventh that turned out George’s lights. The ref, ruling that the last punch came after the bell, gave George five minutes to recover–Five days probably wouldn’t have been enough time.
With George unable to continue, the ref and commission deliberated and decided to deduct two points from Sierra for the foul and then go to the scorecards.
Sierra would go on to win an easy technical decision by the scores: 68-63, 69-62, 69-62. The Boxing Tribune scored it 68-62 after the two-point deduction.