By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Former two-time world title challenger Hermann Ngoudjo suffered more than just a defeat at the hands of Julio Diaz in Primm Nevada Friday night; the super-lightweight contender suffered both a broken jaw and broken orbital bone that required medical attention following the fight. “He didn’t complain at all during the fight and we’re not quite sure when it happened,” said trainer Marc Ramsay who saw his fighter go down to Diaz by scores of 97-93, 97-93, 99-91 on the scorecards. “It was only a half-hour after the fight that he started mentioning the pain and we had him checked out. The jaw is not that bad but the orbital is the more serious of the two.” It is possible that the fateful blow was delivered in the 9th, a left hand that sent Ngoudjo back into the ropes and had him hanging on for the only time in the fight.
Ngoudjo suffered a broken jaw in his last defeat, a world title shot versus Juan Urango in January 2009; an injury that required extensive surgery including a metal plate inserted which kept the Cameroon born fighter on the shelf for over a year. Like the Urango bout that happened in the third round, Ngoudjo was able to fight through the injuries until the final bell.
The loss goes as the fourth in seven fights for Ngoudjo, who was fighting his second fight under new trainer Marc Ramsay. He is expected home in Montreal today (Saturday) and will be attended to by Montreal doctors.