Rodel Mayol got his wish of earning a legit shot at a world title after the fight was declared on with a last minute sanction from the International Boxing Federation, but the Filipino fighter just couldn’t get it done.
Mayol looked on the verge of getting another title but faltered as he knocked out by Mexican super flyweight champion Juan Carlos Sanchez on Sunday in front of a jam-packed arena in Mexico.
As expected, the Filipino champion went all out right from the opening bell and started to put the fight out of Sanchez. Mayol scored a knock down in the fifth round, but the tables turned after he absorbed several body shots that got him off his rhythm and also sustained a cut in the seventh round.
Smelling blood from his opponent, Sanchez kept pressuring Mayol with his furious body shots that were obviously felt by the Filipino challenger.
Knowing that he is behind the score cards, Sanchez displayed tremendous aggressiveness and connected on a stunning left straight that wobbled Mayol, who eventually fell out of the ring after losing his balance. Mayol failed to beat the referee’s ten counts, ending his title shot with a disastrous result.
Before the knock out, Mayol was way ahead of the unofficial score cards of fight announcers and Mexican legends Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Marco Antonio Barrera, 68-64, but was not able to take advantage of it as he succumbed to the powerful punches of the Mexican.
Despite absorbing a tough defeat, MP promotions CEO Michael Koncz said that Mayol won’t hang up his gloves yet and will continue in his pursuit for another world title. He said: “Mayol earned a decent payday and we are not done yet. He will take a rest and get back into the gym because he fought a good fight and you must remember he lost to the champion.”
With the defeat, Mayol dropped his record to 31-6-2, while Sanchez scored his 15th win against one loss and one draw and has successfully defended his title for the fourth time.