Drian Francisco, aching to get back into contention, proved a lot of his detractors wrong Friday night by messing up Michael Domingo en route to a 10-round unanimous decision at the Makati Coliseum.
Brandishing his awkward punching style, Francisco did enough in getting the nod of all three judges (96-93 twice and 95-94).
Francisco obviously wanted to cap his performance in explosive fashion but he failed to land his biggest blows as Domingo successfully evaded them although Francisco did connect a few.
Domingo picked up the action late in the fight when he realized that he was trailing on the scorecards but he simply didn’t have the know-how to solve Francisco’s off-beat style.
Domingo was heavily favored by ringsiders against Francisco owing to his vast experience and toughness.
But Francisco proved to be the better man in the fight that actually didn’t live up to the promise of a slambang affair.
Francisco’s weird stance and Domingo’s decision to fight out of a shell made matters worse as every time they got close to each other, they wound up tied up in a clinch and unable to throw meaningful blows.