By Ryan Maquiñana
Despite several members of the media in accord that junior welterweight Josesito Lopez had pulled off the upset on last night’s “Star Power” undercard, undefeated Jessie Vargas took a split decision on the scorecards.
Still, don’t expect Lopez’s trainer, Henry Ramirez, to scream highway robbery.
“Close, tough fight. Could have gone either way,” the classy Ramirez said.
When asked about whether he thought Patricia Morse Jarman’s 96-93 verdict for Vargas was questionable, Ramirez agreed, but offered a caveat.
“Yeah, but Lopez chases way too much and didn't close distance properly even though I was begging for him to cut [off] the ring,” he said.
Many have already clamored for a rematch between the two 140-pounders, but Ramirez ruled out its likelihood.
“[I] could ask for a rematch, but we’re not going to get one. It’s just the nature of the business. It was a really good fight though!” he exclaimed.
Ryan Maquiñana is the boxing correspondent at Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. He’s a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and The Ring’s Ratings Advisory Panel. E-mail him at [email protected], check out his blog at www.maqdown.com or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.