Just some days after saying he felt he was the most effective prospect in boxing, Matchroom featherweight Ray Ford suffered a stunning setback on Saturday’s Estrada-Chocolatito 2 card in Dallas, going to an eight-round draw towards unheralded — however unbeaten — Aaron Perez.
The 21-year-old Ford (8-0-1, 4 KO) believes he gained the struggle — most felt he’d completed sufficient to win the struggle, together with myself and the DAZN commentators — however he says he needs to rematch Perez (10-0-1, 6 KO) and set issues straight.
“Wasn’t my greatest night time in any respect and I’m method higher than that,” Ford wrote on Instagram. “In the event you seen the struggle you already know it wasn’t a draw, however respect to my opponent for the good expertise. I undoubtedly desire a rematch to scrub this up and present everybody I’m a greater fighter than how I carried out. No excuses, I do know what I must work on.”
With expanded playing cards on DAZN and different platforms as of late, we’ve been in a position to see each single struggle Ford has had since he turned professional nearly two years in the past, and the struggle with Perez was simply his hardest to this point.
It’s good to see a man like Ford need to get again in with a man like Perez, who fought his ass off and made it a very good scrap, coming in from the Albuquerque scene with no actual hype and never a lot on his report of word. And it’s important to marvel, too, if Perez may merely be higher than was anticipated.
But when Ford can get Perez once more, he would definitely be extra prepared for him that point. He made some tactical errors — notably, he in all probability loaded up an excessive amount of on the lookout for one thing large, which his nook advised him repeatedly — and he could have made the struggle harder than needed. However he stays a great prospect at 126, somebody to maintain watching, and he’ll absolutely be again quickly.