EMMANUEL Rodriguez hopes the World Boxing Council (WBC) will order a rematch between him and Reymart Gaballo after a controversial split decision loss in their interim WBC bantamweight contest on Dec. 20 (PH time) at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Rodriguez’s manager Juan Orengo is confident that the WBC will order a rematch because they believe the fight ended controversially.
“We are going to wait for (the WBC) to review the fight between them and make a decision. I think it will happen, but we have to wait for the sanctioning body,” Orengo said in a report posted at Boxingscene.com.
Rodriguez felt that he outboxed Gaballo and did enough to win the fight.
Two of the three judges thought differently, and scored it 115-113 and 116-112 for Gaballo, while one judge scored it for Rodriguez, 118-110.
It was Rodriguez’s second straight loss after suffering a knockout defeat to Japanese superstar Naoya Inoue in 2019.
Rodriguez came in as a replacement for WBC bantamweight title holder Nordine Oubaali, who tested positive for Covid-19, as an opponent for Nonito Donaire Jr.
A few weeks before the fight, Donaire Jr. was forced to pull out after also testing positive for Covid-19, which paved the way for Gaballo to take his place and step up. (EKA)