TAKES TECHNICAL DECISION
OVER KERMIT “THE KILLER” CINTRON AFTER CINTRON FALLS OUT OF RING & CAN’T CONTINUE IN 4TH ROUND
Carson, CA (May 8, 2010) – The “Most Feared Fighter in the World”, Paul “The Punisher” Williams was just heating up in the fourth round when his opponent, Kermit “The Killer” Cintron disappeared from the ring and fell onto a table at ringside at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA..
Doctors felt that Cintron could not continue and thus the bout went to the scorecards with two of the three judges scoring the bout in favor of Williams, thus giving the talented southpaw the technical decision.
Judge James Jen Kin had the bout 40-36 and Fritz Werner scored it 39-37, both in favor of Williams. Judge Jerry Cantu saw the talented Puerto Rican Cintron ahead at 40-36. .
While Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. continue to bypass Williams, the talented southpaw’s promoter Dan Goossen of Goossen Tutor Promotions feels his man is more than ready and “the weight is over”.
“It was unfortunate what happened tonight,” said Goossen. “We certainly wanted Paul to shine and it looked like he was just getting into gear there in the fourth round. We can do it again if they want to or Paul can go on and fight Pacquiao or Mayweather. We are ready to move to welterweight and take on either fighter.”
Williams and Cintron felt each other out for the first three rounds of the bout with Williams holding the slim edge. Williams got loose in the fourth round connecting with his jab and two strong and hard lefts to Cintron’s head. The two fighters exchanged blows with Williams wrapping up Cintron. Williams went to the ground and Cintron’s momentum carried him out of the ring, landing on the ringside table before hitting The Home Depot Center cement in the first row of the ringside seats.
Doctors rushed to his aid as the fighter lay there. After examining Cintron, doctors decided that he could not continue and thus under California State Athletic Commission rules, the bout went to the scorecards for four rounds.
The talented southpaw from Augusta, GA moved his career record to 39-1 with 27 KOs, while Cintron’s record fell to 32-3-1, 28 KOs) in an evening of boxing presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions in association with DiBella Entertainment.
“He hit me with a nice little shot and I hit him with a nice shot,” said Williams. “We were both throwing punches and we got tangled and he fell out of the ring. I saw him try to get up. I know he wanted to fight. I know I wanted to fight. I don’t know what to say. It is a strange way to get a win. I will try to get a better one next time. I definetly don’t want to see a fighter get hurt like that. I wanted to hurt him with a punch, not by him falling out of the ring. But I wish the best for him and his family.
“I feel bad the fans didn’t get their money’s worth, but I will try harder to give it to them the next time.”
In a preliminary bout with the USBA Junior Lightweight Championship on the line, Argenis Mendez of Maguana, Dominican Republic (16-1, 9 KOs) surprised Mexico City’s Martin Honorio (28-5-1, 14 KOs) in earning his first title of his career in a majority decision. Judge Steve English saw the bout even at 114 and judges Jonathan Davis and Ralph McKnight scored the bout 116-112 in favor of Medez.
“I never felt Honorio’s punches,” said Mendez. “There was no power in them. All I felt was the injury I sustained when he punched my legs. He has a hard head. It hurt my hands, but not that bad. He is a fighter that keeps coming forward and I had to use my intelligence and style to keep him at bay. That was the plan me and my trainer worked on. I feel real good and this is the start of my career.”
“He did complicate me a lot,” said Honorio. “I never found him. It was a very difficult style. It was a very close fight in a lot of people’s eyes. I can’t say anything on my behalf. If that is what the judges saw, I have to respect them. This was not my night tonight. I just need to go back to the gym and work harder.”
Prior to the evening of boxing, promoter Dan Goossen and Goossen Tutor Promotions announced the addition of WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Beibut Shumenov to their stable of fighters. The 26-year-old native of Chimkent, Kazakhstan won the title in only his 10th professional bout in January 2010 against Spain’s Gabriel Campillo. Shumenov is 9-1 with 6 KOs.
In becoming the WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion in just his 10th bout, Shumenov shattered the previous record of 15 bouts by Jeff Harding back in 1989. He also became the fourth boxer from Kazakhstan to win a professional world title. He has a goal to become the undisputed Light Heavyweight Champion of the World.