We would excuse Richard Abril if he's a little bit angry and confused about the scorecards from his recent fight with Brandon Rios. The vast majority of the boxing community not only feels that he won his contest against "Bam Bam", but that he in fact dominated the encounter. Of course, the judges decided - either shockingly or predictably, depending on your perspective - in favor of the star attraction.
The official tallies had Abril losing by scores of 112-116 and 113-115, with the third judge, Adalaide Byrd, scoring it 117-111 in his favor. With the loss, Abril's record drops to 17 (8)-3-1.
Abril not only missed out on the opportunity to add an extremely impressive W to his resume, he also missed out on the chance to bring home the full WBA lightweight title, and an extra $50,000 in the form of a promised bonus to the winner of the fight. (Rios was ineligible for both the title and the bonus after failing to make the lightweight limit of 135 lbs).