Sebastian Diaz and Carlos Ruiz fight to a draw
Junior lightweight Sebastian Diaz was the underdog Friday night against Carlos Ruiz. At the end of 10 rounds, Diaz did more than enough to earn a decision win.
To his misfortune, two judges thought otherwise.
Diaz outboxed Ruiz but walked away shaking his head after a split draw was announced at the Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City, DF, Mexico.
Diaz goes to 12-2-1 (10 knockouts), while Ruiz moves to 15-2-1 (5 KOs).
Ruiz, Mexico City, entered the fight with a world ranking and had faced the better opposition of the two and is ranked No. 11 by the WBO.
The southpaw Diaz, who resides in Aguascalientes, Mexico, entered Friday’s fight having won four bouts in a row.
From the outset, Diaz was the aggressor and the more-effective fighter. He pressed the action, throwing and landing two and three-punch combinations.
Ruiz seemed to get on track in the fourth round, momentarily stunning Diaz with a straight right hand to the head. That seemed to be the theme during the next few rounds as Diaz pressed the action while Ruiz looked to land one big counter right hand.
Ruiz came on during the last couple of rounds. While he was able to connect more than in previous rounds, Diaz matched him shot for shot or would beat him to the punch.
One judge scored the bout 97-93 for Diaz (as did RingTV.com); one judge scored the bout 96-94, while the third judge scored the bout 95-95.
“I’m very disappointed (about the decision),” said Diaz after the fight. “I prepared for this fight like a champion. We even trained on my days off. It’s incredible to get this result.”
Ruiz was more diplomatic.
“That’s the decision of the judges. I was coming forward. (Diaz) is a good boxer but I made the fight. I went looking for him but he kept moving backwards. That’s the decision.
Huilot upends Montes De Oca
Lightweight Luis Alberto Huilot scored a minor upset on paper, winning a close, six-round unanimous decision over Joel Montes De Oca.
Huilot goes to 7-6 (3 KOs), while Montes de Oca falls to 18-7 (10 KOs).
Huilot pressed the action throughout the fight, utilizing his awkwardness to land punches on a seemingly defenseless Montes de Oca.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Huilot, 58-56 twice and 58-57.
Both bouts aired on Telemundo.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper, BoxingScene.com and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing.
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