Isaac Cruz came out throwing power early on and edged out Francisco Vargas in a unanimous decision win, but the series of events at the end could be a bad taste in the mouth of boxing fans.
Isaac Cruz continued his winning path on the Jermall Charlo undercard against Juan Macías Montiel, defeating former super featherweight boxing world champion Francisco Vargas, giving Vargas his first loss at lightweight.
The fight, however, may have been clouded a bit by controversial moments in the 10th round, in which Vargas was opened by a possibly intentional header but was allowed to continue, and the referee called a subsequent slip a knockdown.
Francisco Vargas suffers a nasty head blow and controversial knockdown as Issac Cruz advances to decision victory
It didn’t take long in the fight for Cruz to try to target the body and land some high-powered punches, swinging wildly and finding the mark faster than Vargas. Vargas, however, tried to be patient and select his shots.
Cruz slashed and annoyed Vargas early in the third, but the veteran recovered and worked the jab, although Cruz continued to maintain control with his power, including a continual attack on Vargas’s body in the fourth.
Vargas started working his way back to things in the fifth, but Cruz’s power remained. However, in the next round, Cruz’s cardio began to be questioned as Vargas looked to show some life and fight Cruz’s dominance.
The two fought close battles during the seventh and eighth rounds, and Vargas seemed to do better from close up, but Cruz’s connections were still there and weren’t going away.
The tenth and final round, however, saw some controversy as Vargas was opened by a clash of heads. Despite the nasty cut, the doctor allowed the fight to continue.
Vargas saw the final bell, but not before a slip was declared a controversial late knockdown by referee James Green.
All three judges awarded the fight to Cruz with scores of 97-92, 99-90 and 100-89.