Undefeated Lateef Kayode held his own against Antonio Tarver at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA, , but the ring-side judges weren’t particularly impressed with his performance, declaring their June 2 bout a draw.
Kayode looked better in the earlier rounds of the fight, landing some pretty decent shots on the IBO cruiserweight champion. Tarver started fighting his way back in the later rounds of the fight, but I didn’t think he did enough to secure the victory. I personally gave Kayode the nod, but judges David Denkin, Max DeLuca, and Dave Moretti scored the fight 113-115 (Tarver), 115-113 (Kayode), and 114-114 respectively.
Both men were visibly upset with the result of the fight, and they vented their frustration during their respective post-fight interviews.
“C’mon man I hurt him all day,” Tarver said. “I started slow, but that’s the only thing he got credit for. Maybe there were some close rounds at the beginning, but I swept him after the sixth, I swept him. … From the sixth to twelfth, there’s no way they could have given him a round on the scorecard, I backed him up the whole entire time.”
Lateef Kayode didn’t mince any words after the fight either, declaring himself as the rightful winner of the bout.
“I don’t need to say nothing,” Kayode said when asked for his thoughts on the decision. “You that are asking me you know. Everybody you know. All over the world you know. Him too he knows, I [expletive] him up. … You should be ashamed of yourself, I disgraced you. I did my job. I did what I said I was going to do. … I don’t need a [expletive] belt.”
Earlier during the night, Peter Quillin passed the toughest test of his professional boxing career, dropping Ronald “Winky” Wright in the fifth round of their bout. Wright actually fought well during the earlier rounds of the fight, but it wasn’t enough to deter Quillin who put together the crisper combinations. All three judges gave Quillin the nod.
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.