Now Yakubu Amidu knows what Juan Carlos Burgos felt like after Burgos' controversial draw in January against Roman Martinez for the World Boxing Organization's junior-lightweight title.
Amidu felt he did enough to defeat the heavily favored Burgos on Friday night at Thunder Valley Casino. The judges couldn't decide this one, either, as the main event of ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights" was ruled a split draw, which riled many of the announced crowd of 2,683 at the outdoor amphitheater who agreed with Amidu.
"Boxing is unpredictable and sometimes political," said Amidu (20-4-2). "I caught him with the better punches and felt I won more rounds."
Two judges scored the bout, for the vacant WBO intercontinental championship, 116-112 for each fighter, and the third ruled it even.
Amidu, who fights out of Los Angeles and is managed by actor Vince Vaughn, took the fight just 10 days ago when Daulis Prescott suffered an injury and withdrew.
Burgos (30-1-2), of Tijuana, started fast, but Amidu landed a flurry of punches at the end of the third round to wrest momentum.
Amidu applied constant pressure through the middle rounds and negated Burgos' reach advantage. Amidu's left hand, especially out of clinches, flustered Burgos. Burgos started to back away and by the eighth round started to land combinations.
Amidu recovered and started landing his left in the 10th round, but Burgos dominated the 11th round with body shots and overhand rights. Each fighter landed several effective combinations in the 12th and final round.
"It's very frustrating getting another draw," Burgos said through an interpreter. "Unfortunately, (Amidu) was able to withstand my efforts in the middle rounds. I gave him the opportunity to grow in the middle rounds, but I switched up to a southpaw style, and I thought I started landing enough punches to win the fight."
In the co-main event, Miguel Gonzalez of Cleveland improved to 22-3 with an eighth-round technical knockout of Brazil's Josenilson Dos Santos. Gonzalez was the clear aggressor in every round in the heat, which peaked at 112 degrees at the start of the 6 p.m. broadcast.
"The heat was killing me, but we trained for the heat, and let me tell you, it's hot and way more humid in Cleveland," Gonzalez said. "I got him with a left to the ribs and, to be honest, I expected more from him."
In other fights, Fedor Popazov improved to 12-0 as a lightweight with a unanimous decision over Joaquin Chavez (4-8). Heavyweight Razvan Cojanu (6-1) earned a majority decision over Alvaro Morales ( 6-14).
Junior middleweight Taras Shelestyuk (5-0) won a unanimous decision over Adam Ealoms (3-4-3). Welterweight Jarrod Pennant won his pro debut unanimously over Stockton's Brandon Adams (0-2). Heavyweight Justin Goslee (2-0) scored a technical knockout over Kosetatino Sinoti (0-3).
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