New York, NY - (9/2/2011)
- Following a 13-month layoff, former WBA junior middleweight champion, Joachim Alcine, returned to the ring taking on Jose Medina in an eight-round bout held at the historic Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts, in a special installment of DiBella Entertainment's popular Broadway Boxing
series. The show was headlined by hometown favorite super middleweight Edwin Rodriguez.
After dominating his foe for eight rounds, Alcine, 159½, 32-2-1 (19 KOs), was robbed of a clear victory when the judges unjustly declared the bout a hotly disputed draw. Judge Matthew Regan scored the bout 78-75 in favor of Alcine, while Judge Roland Milton tallied 78-74 for Medina, and Judge Ken Volovick had it a 76-76 draw. This contradicts how expert ringside commentators Steve Farhood and Brian Adams viewed the fight as they both scored the bout in favor of Alcine convincingly winning six rounds to two.
From the opening bell, Medina, of Quincy, Massachusetts, set out pressuring Alcine, but the Canadian picked him off with his jab while establishing a distance to land combinations. When Medina did manage to get in close and fire his shots, Alcine did not back down, blasting his foe in return with harder punches, making for exciting exchanges.
In round four, Alcine landed an overhand right that had Medina out on his feet against the ropes. A stoppage call by referee Michael Marvell certainly would have been warranted. Alcine tried to follow up, but Medina clinched and was able to recover.
As the rounds progressed, whenever Medina, 160, 14-9-3 (6 KOs), applied his pressure, Alcine was able to counter it with his own, often backing Medina into the strands, while pounding him to the body.
"I won that fight," said a perplexed Alcine. "I wasn't at my best because it's been 13 months since I last fought, but I still feel I clearly won the fight. I am ready to get back in the ring as soon as possible and I want big fights."
Greg Leon, Alcine's adviser, said of the verdict: "My fighter got robbed. There's no way he didn't win at least five rounds. We don't want a rematch because we already defeated this opponent. We look forward to moving on to bigger and better things."
Up next for Alcine could be a potential showdown against fellow Canadian David Lemieux.
The Alcine-Medina fight and others from this Broadway Boxing event will air on Sunday, September 4, at 8:00 P.M., on SNY. Tune in and judge for yourself who you feel deserved to win this exciting and controversial fight.