By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
The junior middleweight showdown between three-time world champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams and former welterweight champion Kermit “The Killer” Cintron ended before either fighter got untracked.
Williams (39-1, 27 KOs), the self-proclaimed “most feared fighter in the world,” won an unsatisfying four round split technical decision over Cintron (32-3-1, 28 KOs) on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.
Not much to choose from in the first three rounds as the much taller Williams pecked from the outside while Cintron didn’t apply much pressure and was content to pick his shots.
In round four, the fighters got tangled up causing Cintron to fall through the ropes and out of the ring, sustaining an apparent injury to his head or right shoulder. He was taken from ringside on a stretcher wearing a neck brace. The judges scored the prematurely terminated bout 39-37, 40-36 Williams, 40-46 Cintron.
After the fight, Cintron’s promoter Lou DiBella told Fightnews: “He hit his head. I think that the doctor saw that he hit his head and that he had to send him to the hospital. Kermit wanted to fight. I don’t understand how this is a technical decision when the fight did not go four full rounds. It’s a California law, but it is a dumb law. How can you say who can win a three and a half round fight? If that is the case, in my opinion, my guy won the fight. Paul never hurt him. He (Kermit) hurt Paul.”