Defensive Stalemate! Easter and Barthelemy in 106 Punch 12 Round Draw
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Las Vegas, NV (April 28th, 2019)– In the main event of a nine-bout card at Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday evening, April 27, 2019 on Showtime, former world lightweight champions Robert Easter Jr. and Rances Barthelemy fought to a controversial 12 round split draw.
Even boxing judges get paid. It was like squeezing drops from an already juiced orange juice. In a defensive stalemate, Easter landed 54 punches, Barthelemy 52, for a mere total of 106 punches landed in all of 12 rounds. The judges went three different ways, but it must have been miserable to score the fight with no action from which to decipher who perhaps should win each round when the rounds averages either 4 or 5 punches for each combatant. Barthelemy tried going southpaw, so Easter adjusted, and the ploy proved insignificant to the bout.
Easter, 21-1-1 with 14 knockouts, Toledo, Ohio, landed 21 jabs and 33 power punches. Barthelemy, 27-1-1 with 14 knockouts, Las Vegas, Nevada by way of Havana, Cuba, landed 36 power punches and 16 jabs. The referee and the CompuBox people had virtually nothing to do. Two world titles were at stake, but in the end, the only belt the two fighters wore home was the belt on their pants. The undercard was a bit better, considering the main event bombed in terms of entertainment quality.
The term ‘show me something’ could have been a broken record. In some boxing circles, these two fighters could have been double disqualified for not fighting. It was a world title bout, so the 12 round effort had to be scored, but there was not much for the judges to go on. Whoever watched this bout live or at The Cosmopolitan, was not impressed. In boxing this sometimes happens when you have a defensive war between technical hitters with power. It was a defensive gem, and both vacant world titles vacant in the end. It all boiled down to one question for Robert Easter Jr. and Rances Barthelemy: will there will be a rematch? If a rematch between these two is ordered, both fighters will have to do better.
Result: Robert Easter Jr. Split Draw 12 Rances Barthelemy, Super Lightweights
Scoring: 115-113 Easter. 115-113 Barthelemy. 114-114 Draw. Referee: Kenny Bayless
The vacant World Boxing Association World Lightweight title and the vacant International Boxing Organization World Lightweight title remain vacant due to the draw result.
The two fighters landed a total of 106 punches combined over 12 rounds, perhaps the all-time low in terms of punches landed in CompuBox history in a 12 round world title bout (since CompuBox began keeping statistics of punches thrown and landed in pro bouts).
Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Undercard Results
Viktor Postol Win 10 Mohamed Mamoune, Super Lightweight World Title Eliminator
Terrel Williams Win Split Decision 10 Justin DeLoach, Super Welterweight
18-0 Los Angeles prospect Williams barely gets by the 18-3 DeLoach.
Efe Ajagba TKO 2 Michael Wallisch, Heavyweights (1:40)
Wallasch was down in round two. Total destruction by Ajagba.
Ranfis Javier Encarnacion TKO 2 Jose Bustos, Featherweights (0:28)
Dominican featherweight prospect Encarnacion goes to 16-0 with 12 knockouts.
Flavio Rodriguez Win Majority Decision 6 Gaku Takahashi, Super Welterweights
Los Angeles super welterweight prospect Rodriguez goes to 9-1-1 with seven knockouts. Oddball Jones scoring, with one judge seeing it 60-54, another 59-55, another 57-57.
Burley Brooks TKO 2 Steven Crowfield, Light Heavyweights (0:43)
2-0 Dallas, Texas light heavyweight prospect Brooks stops 4-10 journeyman Crowfield.
Clay Burns Win 6 Yodani Rodarte, Lightweights
Fort Worth, Texas 7-5-2 lightweight Burns upsets 10-2-1 Los Angeles fighter Rodarte.
Fernando Ibarra De Anda Win 4 Daniel Guzman, Bantamweights
0-1 Mexican American De Anda in minor upset over 2-1-1 Los Angeles fighter Guzman.