Originally written on The Queensbury Rules  |  Last updated 9/4/14

On May 12 in Woodland, Calif., San Francisco's Denis Madriz and Fresno's Luis Villagomez were two fighters looking for their first professional victory off-TV on the Solo Boxeo undercard of Vicente Escobedo versus Juan Ruiz.

Their scheduled four-round featherweight bout was considered by many in attendance the best fight of the night. Unfortunately, the 4th round stoppage in favor of Madriz was incorrectly ruled as the cut that caused the stoppage came from a head butt and not from a punch and thus should have been ruled a no contest.

According to Frank Aleman, president of Aleman Boxing Fresno where Villagomez trains, he was told by California State Athletic Commission director Che Guevara that if they could obtain a copy of the fight that shows the headbutt clearly caused the cut, that they would change the decision to a no contest.

Aleman obtained a copy of the fight from the production truck that night and passed it along to the commission, sending and placing a number of e-mails and phone calls that he said have gone unreturned. TQBR also left messages with the commission that went unanswered.

Here is a link to the video which contains the head butt in slow motion as well as the remainder of the 3rd round, in which Villagomez was coming on quite strong before the fight was stopped. At the very least this fight should be overturned, although a rematch would be a nice touch.

Villagomez was making his professional debut against Madriz, who had previously drawn with Jesus Sandoval in his debut last September. Madriz looks to avenge that draw with Sandoval on July 28's San Jose Robert Guerrero-Selcuk Aydin undercard. Madriz should concern himself with avenging his questionable victory next after his fight with Sandoval. [UPDATE: A representative of Madriz, in the comments section below, said he intends to do just that.]


Mark Ortega can be reached via e-mail at ortegaliitr@gmail.com and followed via Twitter at www.twitter.com/MarkEOrtega. Mark also contributes to renowned boxing publications RING Magazine and Boxing Monthly, and is a member of the Boxing Writer's Association of America and RING Ratings Advisory Panel.
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