Cintron-Feliciano: Gaining Respect-Part Two

kermit cintron24.11.07 - By Ted Sares: A while back, I wrote a piece about fighters who gain respect in a losing effort. Had I known in advance how the Feliciano-Cinton fight would play out, I would have delayed issuing the article.

Yes, welterweight Kermit Cintron, 29-1 won, but it was Jesse Feliciano, 15-6-3 who gained the most respect in this entertaining duke for the IBF welterweight title. Perhaps those who witnessed Jesseís come-from-behind destruction of highly touted Delvin Rodriguez were not all that surprised by his gusty showing that gave Cintron almost more than he could handle. Maybe those who knew that Jesse had come out even in his trilogy with tough Alfonzo Gomez were not surprised by his stamina and ability to absorb punishment.. And perhaps those who were astonished by his game showing did not realize the level of opposition he had fought against in a relatively short career. Opposition that included such names as Oscar Diaz, Mike Arnaoutis, Mohamad Abdulaev, Freddie Cadena, Jermaine Marks, Vince Phillips, and Demetrius Hopkins--no easy marks or cherry picking on Felicianoís charts.

Recently, Hasim Rahman stopped Zuri Lawrence but it was Zuri who gained respect for a game effort. This time it was Jesseís turn and wow, did he ever gain respect.

As for Kermit Cintron, itís time to go back to the drawing board and develop a Plan B when Plan A doesnít work because thatís exactly what happened here. He had no answer or fall-back strategies for Felicianoís incredible punch volume and incoming style. In the end, a savage volley stopped him, but he was still standing.

You want a Rocky; how about Jesse Feliciano?

Article posted on 25.11.2007

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