Tico Boxer Francisco Fonseca Packs a Punch at the Mayweather Fight
Costa Rica is known for a lot of things like it’s dedication to renewable energy and its laid back lifestyle, but it’s much less common see Costa Rica making a stand in the world of professional boxing like Francisco Fonseca did at the Mayweather VS McGregor extravaganza on Saturday, August 26.
Costa Rica’s Fonseca and Baltimore’s Gervonta Davis were the final fight before (spoiler alert) Floyd Mayweather took down Conor McGregor in the 10th round.
To add to the drama even before the main event took place, Davis was forced to relinquish his lightweight title the day prior to the fight because he didn’t make weight. Because of this, Fonseca could’ve claimed the IBF lightweight belt if he won.
Fonseca had a 20-0 winning streak in the category before losing to Davis in what most are calling an illegal or at best questionable win. Davis showboated much of the fight until Fonseca knocked him with a punch that forced Davis to use the ring as support. The fight came to a head when Davis knocked the Tico in the back of his head, bringing him to his knees in the eighth round, claiming that a rowdy body shot right before the hook is what did it.
Davis then mocked Fonseca by kneeling in a similar position after he blasted Fonseca with one last blow to the back of the head before the referee intervened. When his “win” was announced, a large portion of the crowd was not happy and booed him accordingly.
Even though Davis won, the title is still vacant and considered by most viewers, especially those in Costa Rica, quite the controversy.