Kind of an awful fight from a method standpoint, really ugly work between two guys whose styles didn’t gel to make anything approaching the “sweet science,” and Romero made himself the fight’s villain to the San Antonio crowd, too, tons of roughhouse nonsense — elbows, shoving, grappling — that they didn’t like in the least.
The fifth round was really dramatic due to that, as Romero (14-0, 12 KO) was docked to some extent by referee Rafael Ramos, and he deserved it. on the other hand right at the bell to finish the round, he dropped Yigit (24-2-1, 8 KO) on a right, which switched a possible 10-8 Yigit round to a 10-8 Romero round, 9-8 Romero once you take the purpose off.
But the scoring didn’t much matter. Despite Yigit being “bigger” by virtue of not even coming on the brink of making 135 lbs on Friday, he’s not actually bigger, and positively not a harder puncher, and Romero’s power wore on him. Yigit also hadn’t fought in two years, and was a brief notice replacement for Austin Dulay here, though he had been training to fight on the untelevised undercard.
“I fought a troublesome dude, man, I fought a dude that wasn’t in my weight class. I fought a 140 pounder and that I fuckin’ stopped him, simple as that,” Romero said when asked about the boos. “European fighters are always awkward for everyone. They’ve got a totally different style from everybody up here .” And Romero features a big target and a fight that would be made easier if the teams want to try to do it.
“I want Gervonta Davis at 140. I would like him at 140,” Romero said. “I’m gonna stop him. I’m gonna knock him out. i do know what he can do, but I do know what I can do, and I’m tons stronger.” A terrific opener for the cardboard, a hard-hitting, physical fight that basically could have gone either way.
Scores were 95-95, then two cards of 97-93 for Vidal, which is pretty controversial. Not a huge outrage, maybe, but controversial. Bad Left Hook had the fight 95-95 and 96-94 Aleem on our two unofficial cards, and Showtime’s Steve Farhood also had it 96-94 for Aleem. A 6-4 Vidal card wouldn’t are any travesty to me, but 7-3 is beginning to stretch it pretty hard, arguably.
Still, Vidal (13-0, 11 KO) proved he can go a tough 10 with a capable, crafty, plug-ugly in Aleem (18-3-2, 11 KO), who sometimes tried to box at range despite being the shorter man with less reach, and at other times had to satisfy Vidal toe-to-toe within the telephone booth, which he proved mostly did tolerably, though it had been clear Vidal was the heavier puncher.
It’s an enormous learning experience for Vidal, and while he might not project to be some P4P elite sort of guy, he’s tough, he’s big at 160, he can bang (Aleem did get hurt, especially within the sixth round on a body shot), and he marches forward, fun to observe. He’s getting to get the opportunities, and you’ve got to like the body attack he showed here.