— GoldenBoyPromotions (@GoldenBoyBoxing) August 23, 2014
Well, “The Gentleman” won, but he was a little too gentle tonight.
Gerald Washington defeated Nagy Aguilera by unanimous decision, but his performance raised a whole lot of questions in the process.
Washington was able to control stretches of the fight by using his stiff jab and right hand, but he took long stretches off, allowing Aguilera to climb back into several rounds.
The fight developed a pattern where the undefeated Washington would control the first half of the round, only to relax and do nothing for the second half.
Aguilera was able to land some hard shots, especially the left hook, simply because Washington relented frequently.
Aguilera’s best round came in the sixth, when he landed multiple power shots to stagger Washington.
Washington was able to finish strong, closing the eighth and final round by wobbling Aguilera with a left as the bell sounded.
If the 32-year-old Washington wants to get to the next level of the Heavyweight division, he’ll have to seriously up his stamina. It doesn’t bode well for a fighter when he looks like lifting himself from his stool causes sheer exhaustion.
The judges scored the fight 78-74 on two cards, with the third scoring it 75-73. Round By Round Boxing had it 75-73, with 9 yawns.
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