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article imageBizarre ending for Rigondeaux-Kokietgym fight in Macau

By Leo Reyes     Jul 19, 2014 in Sports
Unbeaten ex-Cuban Olympian Guillermo Rigondeaux needs only one round to finish Sod Kokietgym of Thailand in a shocking and bizarre ending that left audience surprised and stunned in disbelief.
Midway to the first round, Rigondeaux got Sod rolling down with accidental headbutt but was able to rise and resume the fight.
While Sod was extending his hands by touching gloves as gesture of sportsmanship with his other hand on his side following the headbutt, Rigondeaux disregarded the kind gesture and instead hammered Sod with his power punch at the time when the Thai fighter's defenses were down.
Unable to defend himself, The 37-year-old Thai fighter fell to the canvas almost unconsious as a result of the unobstructed right hook that landed on his chin.
The unfortunate near lethal shot happened just a few seconds after the referee motioned the fighters to continue following the headbutt. Read more.
The fight is reminiscent of the Mayweather -Ortiz fight back in 2011 when Mayweather took advantage of the defenseless Ortiz at the time when he was trying to hug Mayweather as gesture of sportsmanship after touching gloves. Read more about the Maywether-Ortiz fight here.
Mayweather defended his actions by saying that "In the ring, you have to protect yourself at all times"
Indeed the same rule applies to the Rigondeaux-Sod fight and the referee does not have much choice but to declare Rigondeaux winner by KO as he sees nothing illegal with what the Cuban did.
Cubans are noted for their boxing skills and Rigondeaux is one of the more skillful fighters who would rather secure a win on points rather than ending the fight early or via a knockout. But this time, Rigondeaux saw the opportunity for a KO win and he took advantage of it. Read more:
With the win, Rigondeaux improves his record to 14-0 while Sod dropped to 63-3-1.
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