The narrative HBO has propagated was kept alive: Carlos Cuadras (36-1, 27 KOs) defeated David Carmona (20-4-5, 8 KOs) and is likely to face Roman Gonzalez in a rematch of their 2016 firefight.
The crowd, however, appeared to see the bout quite differently. It’s hard to blame them. For a majority of the fight, Carmona took to Cuadras’ body, hurting him on a number of occasions, all while evading the most of Cuadras’ wild shots.
For most of the bout, Cuadras looked unimpressive, throwing wide hooks and never actually landing the ones he wanted to land.
Cuadras, who was very vocal this week about his eagerness to get back into the ring with Gonzalez as quickly as possible, failed to impress as he did nothing but try to impress, constantly looking for a single shot with which to put Carmona on the canvas.
It was aggression, but was it effective?
Carmona’s body work, on the other hand, looked effective in slowing down a fading Cuadras on his way to an officially wide defeat, much to the dismay of the capacity crowd at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY.
Cuadras, who won a unanimous decision by official scores of 97-93×2 and 96-94, was booed out of the ring.
Header photo by Naoki Fukada
Christopher Nicastro is a hopeless boxing devotee and freelancer. You can follow him on Twitter @chris_nicastro.