Jafet “The Lion” Uutoni put up a brave performance against Angel Acosta on Saturday evening in a packed Puerto Rican arena filled with thousands of cheering supporters.
The referee stopped the fight in the 10th round and Acosta won by a Technical Knockout (TKO).
A media release by boxing promoter Nestor Tobias said Uutoni started the fight on his usual high tempo and had Acosta against the ropes several times with hard blows, but started losing momentum in the later rounds of the fight.
“Losing his game plan saw the talented Puerto Rican Acosta regain his confidence and punching power as Uutoni went down in round one which looked like a clear slip, and fought on like a true Lion,” he said.
He said Acosta began wrestling through the fight, having Uutoni against the ropes and on the floor as the two fighters stood toe to toe trading hard blows.
In the end, it was Acosta’s blow that knocked out Uutoni and although Uutoni beat the count, the referee stopped the fight much to Uutoni’s disappointment.
The fans described this as Acosta’s toughest fight ever, and instantly declared Uutoni a true Lion because of the resilience and fighting spirit he showed throughout the fight.
“Although we lost the fight, we were comforted that so many Puerto Rican fans waited for us outside the venue just to take a picture with Uutoni,” said Tobias.
“It was certainly a tough fight, I think Acosta won fairly and I respect him for that. I should have done better and should have stuck to the game plan but I wanted to finish him off and that is where I went wrong, I gave it my all and did my best and wish to thank Nestor and my team for the world class opportunity, said the disappointed Uutoni.
Tobias said it is back to the drawing board for Uutoni, who is expected to take a month off, rest and re-group.
Tobias said together with his team they do not harbour any regrets as they did not see this loss as a failure but part of learning as Uutoni lost against the best Jnr Flyweight boxer in the world.
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