This is one of those fights that kind of fell under the radar because of all the shows of late. Being on the same night as UFC 113 I’m sure didn’t help. I didn’t watch either show live and let’s just say I heard several people talking about the UFC show and not a single person talking about the boxing. I had to prep people not to spoil the UFC, while didn’t have to tell anyone not to spoil the fight for me.
That being said, this is still a pretty good match-up at 154. If Williams wins this fight, he can go back to Sergio Martinez. As for Cintron, this is his first fight since beating Alfredo Angulo, in what was a slight upset considering Angulo is someone HBO is pushing.
This arena is pretty empty.
Paul Williams vs. Kermit Cintron
Strong and entertaining first round. Cintron landed the best shots early, but Williams picked up his activity and started to land. Cintron did show that he had quick counter shots that landed because of Williams’ long re-coil after his punches.
I really like the way Cintron is fighting Williams. His reflexes are quick enough to counter Williams’ long arms and it’s a problem for Williams so far. Williams isn’t as active as usual.
Williams probably won the round. But he’s nowhere near as active as he usually is and I think it’s because he knows that Cintron is quick enough to counter him so he’s not letting it all out.
Right as they started to engage, Williams fell and then Cintron fell out to the floor. Rather than use the ropes to bounce off, he went through them and landed awkwardly. It looked like a WWE dive over the top. They’re going to the cards as Cintron can’t fight.
Winner: Paul Williams by way of split decision
The scores were 39-37, 40-36 and 36-40.
Well, that was pretty surreal. I hope that Cintron is ok and can get back in the ring. I’m not sure people will be too excited to see this one again, but the fight was just starting and Cintron had a decent game plan to win the fight.
Williams says he wants Mayweather or Pacquiao and if he can’t get them, then he wants Sergio Martinez.