By Robert Coster
“The only way Rodel Mayol could beat me was by intentionally fouling me. He should have been disqualified,” says disconsolate former champion Edgar Sosa who lost his WBC belt on Saturday in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico by a very controversial TKO in the second round to Filipino challenger Rodel Mayol. Sosa, who was making his 11th defense, is in the hospital with a fractured cheekbone, the result of a clear head-butt on the part Mayol. Although Sosa, now (37-6, 21 KOs), was bleeding and clearly dazed, ring doctor Ibarra allowed the fight to continue and the Filipino boxer took full advantage of the situation, scoring two subsequent knockdowns that forced Referee Robert Ramirez to stop the fight and declare Mayol (26-4-1, 20 KOs) the winner.
Sosa manager Jacques Deschamps had this to say about the outcome: “This is the third fight in a row which Mayol is involved in that ends in a controversial manner, with injuries to his opponent provoked by his head. The fact is that referee Ramirez took a point away from Mayol, which proves that it was an intentional, vicious, head-butt.”
About his condition after the head-butt, the former champion commented: “I was really out on my feet and I couldn’t breathe. I had no time to recuperate.”
The Sosa camp is adamant about their intention to file a protest with the WBC: “The result has to be changed to a non-contest because the intentional head-butt clearly provoked the final outcome. We are calling for a rematch once Edgar recuperates and, I assure you, Sosa will demonstrate who is the real champion. We have in our hands the videos and photos to show the un-sports-man-like actions of the challenger,” adds Deschamps.