Jean Pascal stepped up, and took on a younger gun, even though he could have played it safe, taken a stay busy fight, and wait for a rematch with Sergey Kovalev.
The gamble didn’t pay off, almost, but it did, because it was scored 97-93 times three, for Pascal.
I thought the judges were in error.
“I can’t believe it,” the announcers said…but I can…we see it every week in this sphere, crappy cards from people wearing smudged glasses or coming in with pre-set cards.
Pascal went 154-397 for 163-632 for Yuni in punches.
Gonzo, a 16-0 Cuban, was strong, busy, determined and aggressive. He was up 5-1 on the Harold Lederman card, on HBO, and at the Mandalay Bay in Vegas in this TV opener. Pascal (29-3-1 entering) got wobbled in round six, but the Canadian answered in the seventh. They traded bombs, a tit for tat fight, where form often went out the window, but fan-friendly action ensued. They worked in close quarters, being busy, with Pascal too often backing up, and the Pascal corner told their guy to work harder, be busier. They knew the deal…”You need this round,” Marc Ramsey told JP after the seventh. Orlando Cuellar told his guy to go to the body, with the jab.
In the eighth, the bull-strong Gonzo still had energy. Pascal needed to win the last couple. In the ninth, Yuni started with a strong table setter jab. He was the busier guy in the second to last round. Ramsey told JP, yet again, to work harder. We need to win the round, he asserted. In the tenth, Gonzo stalked and kept being busier. He slowed some, then got to work again. We went to the cards, after Pascal landed some power late…