Jackson Marinez still cannot believe he has such a disputable loss on his record.
The Dominican lightweight contender is certain he beat Rolando Romero comfortably in his last fight, a 12-rounder August 15 in Uncasville, Connecticut. All three judges scored that fight for Romero, including Frank Lombardi, who surprisingly credited Romero for winning 10 rounds (118-110).
Glenn Feldman (116-112) and Don Trella (115-113) had it closer, yet Marinez left Mohegan Sun Arena that night baffled by the result of their fight for the then-vacant WBA interim 135-pound championship.
Unofficially, CompuBox counted 17 more punches landed for Marinez (103-of-629 to 86-of-509). Showtime’s team of announcers also took issue with that controversial outcome.
“I have no idea what fight the judges were watching,” Marinez told BoxingScene.com. “But at the end of the day, whatever God wants, I’m pleased with that. But I’m not pleased with the decision the judges have made. The whole world knows I did win that fight. It’s a proven fact. And I’m not pleased with that, but I’m pleased with the opportunity that God has presented to me after that outcome.”
That opportunity will come Saturday night in the form of a 10-round fight against former IBF lightweight champ Richard Commey (ESPN; 10 p.m. EST). Commey-Marinez was elevated to the main event of ESPN’s tripleheader Thursday, when the 12-round WBO light heavyweight title bout between Joe Smith Jr. (26-3, 21 KOs) and Maxim Vlasov (45-3, 26 KOs) was postponed because Russia’s Vlasov tested positive for COVID-19.
Ghana’s Commey (29-3, 26 KOs) will fight for the first time since Teofimo Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) knocked him out in the second round of their December 2019 bout at Madison Square Garden to take his 135-pound crown.
Marinez, 30, will fight for the first time since losing to Las Vegas’ Romero, who is promoted by Floyd Mayweather’s company. Marinez (19-1, 7 KOs) would’ve preferred an immediate rematch with Romero (13-0, 11 KOs).
An offer was made by Romero’s representatives in December and for more money than Marinez will be paid to box Commey. By then, however, Marinez was already contractually committed to the Commey match.
Marinez also said he would’ve had only approximately five weeks to train for a Romero rematch by the time he was offered it. Romero offered a different version of events in an interview with BoxingScene.com two days before he stopped Philadelphia’s Avery Sparrow (10-3, 3 KOs) in the seventh round January 23 at Mohegan Sun Arena (https://www.boxingscene.com/rolando-romero-jackson-marinez-biggest-bitch-boxing--154886).
“I still want to face him and prove once again that I am the better fighter,” Marinez said. “But Rolando Romero is not my priority. I’m gonna move on to bigger and better things. But if that fight does get offered in the near future, I’ll do it again, but with enough notice. And the win over Richard Commey will advance me to where I need to be. I’m looking to get bigger and better opportunities.”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.