Z ?The Dream? Gorres and Vic ?Raging Bull? Darchinyan figured in a split draw last night in their 12-round showdown at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel here.
Gorres battled through a deep gash caused by a headbutt in the sixth, as Darchinyan lived up to his moniker by turning loose down the stretch in a fight marred by bottle-throwing early due to referee Lance Revill's wrong call in the first round.
Revill ruled a knockdown against Gorres in the first round, although the knockdown was caused by Darchinyan applying some judo tricks on the Filipino fighter.
Thai judge Montol Suriyachand scored the bout 113-112 for Gorres, Filipino judge Jonathan Davis saw it 114-112 for Darchinyan, while Australia's Cec Perkins penned it a draw at 113-113.
Darchinyan, however, looked to be the fresher fighter at the end of the fight, and felt he had done enough to win the bout.
His handlers were seen arguing with the officials after the fight in a frantic effort to question the result.
The referee failed to deduct points from Darchinyan for the accidental headbutt as well as several infractions involving shoving Gorres to the canvas.
A rowdy crowd threw several bottles of mineral water and other items on the referee, when he made the mistake in the first round.
However, some of those who watched the fight gave it to the power-punching Australian.
Cebu City Councilor Sylvan ?Jack? Jakosalem, who chairs the city council?s committee on sports said he too was surprised at the draw verdict.
?We must congratulate and thank ALA for successfully staging the most fun-filled and exciting boxing night like this. No doubt that Gorres fought bravely against Darchinyan and may have been ahead in the first three rounds, but most, if not all who were present knew who deserved to win that fight in its totality. I?ve seen bad decisions before but nothing like this. Gary Shaw, in his emotional outburst supposedly said ? you?ll never see Gary Shaw in the Philippines again.? I really can?t blame him,? Jakosalem said in a text message to CDN.
Jakosalem also noted that most of the spectators, although they were rooting for Gorres to win, eventually symphatized with Darchinyan.
?Many people may find Darchinyan arrogant and full of himself, but tonight he gets the Cebuanos? sympathy,? Jakosalem informed.