ALEX DILMAGHANI and Francisco Fonseca engaged in a frantic 12-round war inside Bethnal Green’s York Hall in London that was ruled a majority draw by the judges. The two fighters spent many of the 36 minutes in ring centre, unloading combination after combination, to produce a superb contest. At the end, two scores of 114-114 overruled a 115-114 tally in Fonseca’s favour. From this viewpoint, Fonseca – who grew classier with each passing round – appeared to have done enough to triumph.
The rivals were supposed to face off at the end of September but after an incident curious even by boxing’s standards, Fonseca was forced to pull out at the last minute after vomiting heavily in the changing room.
It was worth the wait.
In a tight but entertaining opening round Dilmaghani approached behind his customary high guard. The Crayford-based southpaw scored to the body and with a sweeping left hand to the head. Fonseca – based in Costa Rica but fighting out of Nicaragua – replied with swift raids downstairs.