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Jesse Rodriguez retained his WBC super-flyweight title against Israel Gonzalez via unanimous decision in a strong showing but was heavily criticised for repeated low blows throughout the contest. Rodriguez won with scorecards of 118-109, 117-110, and 114-113 in the Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin III co-main event.
Rodriguez — who is the youngest active world champion at 22 years old — was warned three times for low blows and had a point deducted in round eight.
The American pressed his man backwards throughout the contest as he looked to counter Gonzalez’s targeted bodywork with ferocious uppercuts. For the opening few rounds, it was a nip and tuck affair with Gonzalez forcing Rodriguez to work extremely hard throughout.
As the contest passed the midway point Rodriguez started to get the better of the exchanges but was never in complete control.
An accidental clash of heads caused a brief break in the action in the eighth round before Rodriguez was given his first warning for a low blow by referee Kenny Bayless. Gonzalez was given time to recover with 46 seconds on the clock.
Then, a few seconds later, Gonzalez was down again from another low blow prompting Bayless to deduct a point from Bam Bam. In the eleventh, another shot strayed low but no point was taken away despite Gonzalez’s protest.
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Fans were left squirming by the whole ordeal and voiced their displeasure on Twitter.
@OharaSports wrote: “Gonzalez drilled with another low blow. His chances of having children just took another serious lump.”
@TheDangerousOne tweeted: “Damn another low blow? Rodriguez is doing it on purpose at this point?”
@Cringemoment added: “If Rodriguez wins this, there’s gotta be a rematch. The amount of times he punched Gonzalez in the d*** is crazy.”
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