Almost one year ago, Edrin “The Sting” Dapudong lost his WBC Silver flyweight belt Mexican Wilbert Uicab. It was a controversial loss, considering Dapudong was the more superior fighter that night. Fast forward to the present, history repeated it self as Dapudong lost yet again in his first bid for a world title against WBA flyweight titlist Hernan “Tyson” Marquez in a rather bizarre fashion. Both fights were held in Mexico.
Marquez landed a clean left hook that nailed Dapudong to the canvas in the third round. Dapudong immediately rose up to his feet and acknowledged the count. But in a stunning move by referee Raul Caiz, he waved Dapudong off, who even appeared to be unhurt.
According to the WBO Regulations of World Championship Contests, “..when reaching the count of eight (8), the fighter is up, the Referee, if he deems it necessary, may examine said contestant taking all the time needed to evaluate whether the contestant is fit to continue. If the Referee determines that the fighter is fit to continue, the Referee, shall promptly order the contest to continue.”
It was an even match when the stoppage was announced based on the unofficial scorecard by TV Azteca. Marquez won the first round while Dapudong secured the second stanza.
Looking at the replay of the fight, this writer has observed that Dapudong, thought he might have been able to fight and fit to continue, walked away from the referee, which might look to the official as a sign of surrender. It might be that the message was lost in translation as Referee Caiz waved the fight off, awarding Marquez the victory.
Gov. Manny Pinol, Dapudong’s manager, while displeased with the stoppage, will not file any protest.
Marquez improves to 31-2, 24 KOs while Dapudong drops to 22-4, 13 KOs.