Rau’shee Warren didn’t score the overwhelming victory he was seeking Saturday night in his 118-pound title rematch with Juan Carlos Payano, but the three-time U.S. Olympian did enough to earn his first world championship.
After Juan Carlos Payano edged Rau’shee Warren in a split decision last August to retain his 118-pound world title, either man could've make a valid argument that he won the fight. Heading into their rematch, both boxers are seeking a more definitive conclusion.
It’s been 10 months since Rau’shee Warren fell just short of beating Juan Carlos Payano in their 118-pound title fight, and he’s still convinced the better man didn’t win.
When Juan Carlos Payano defended his 118-pound world title last year against Rau’shee Warren, the 12-round blood-and-guts battle of southpaws was a bit too much for his oldest son to withstand.
Following his record-setting, all-out war against Nathan Cleverly in mid-October, Andrzej Fonfara looked like he’d need at least year of recovery time before getting back in the ring. Turns out the 175-pound contender is a pretty fast healer.
Calling it a barnburner would be a disservice to the two tons of napalm Rau’shee Warren and Juan Carlos Payano dropped on the nearest grain silo.
The news devastated his wife and three young sons: Juan Carlos Payano was leaving them in the Dominican Republic to pursue a world championship in the United States.