WORLD Boxing Organization Oriental super flyweight champion Warlito Parrenas was forced to settle for a questionable draw in his WBO Interim title fight against David Carmona in Hermosillo, Mexico, on Sunday.
Parrenas, who is ranked No. 1 in the world, dropped the 24-year-old, No. 2-ranked Carmona late in the second round and appeared headed to fulfilling his dream of earning a title shot against Japan’s Naoya Inoue, who is recovering from a hand injury, when he had the Mexican in trouble.
But somehow, Carmona survived and came back in the last couple of rounds to earn the draw which Filipino fight fans found hard to accept.
Jake Donovan, managing editor of boxingscene.com, reported that Carmona was “valiant in fighting his way back from what was well on its way to becoming a major upset. The fringe contender from Mexico was floored late in Round 2, digging an early hole before rallying late in the fight. Carmona can consider himself lucky to have escaped without a loss.”
By all accounts, it was an action-packed fight with Parrenas the aggressor, but in his desire to score a knockout, the Filipino apparently was willing to take punches, which in the end helped Carmona pile up points.
One report said the Mexican commentators had Parrenas the winner on their unofficial scorecards.
However, Panama’s little-known judge David Sigh scored the fight, 115-112, for Carmona, while his fellow Panamanian Julio Alvardo had Parrenas ahead, 115-114, with Gerardo Martinez of Puerto Rico scoring it an even 114-114.
It was a disappointing end to a fight Parrenas had trained long and hard for and wanted to leave as a world champion, but despite his punching power as evidenced by his record of 21 knockouts in 24 wins, he failed to put Carmona away and paid the price.
It was a fairly close fight, but if you watch it carefully, Parrenas should have won, while the 115-112 scorecard of Sigh could be seriously questioned especially in the light of the second-round knockdown scored by Parrenas.
While a rematch would be logical, boxingscene.com said that should Inoue recover soon enough, he could enjoy an optional defense, thereby killing the chances of a Parrenas-Carmona rematch.