For five minutes, André Fili coached Daniel Pineda in striking and appeared to be on his way to a halt. His casual glance then rendered Pineda unable to see, and the result was rejected 46 seconds after the start of the second round.
Pineda failed two of the judge’s vision tests at the cage by correctly guessing the number of fingers raised by the judge. Referee Herb Dean then stopped the bout by declaring the bout not a bout as the offense was considered random and not enough time had passed for the judges to hand over the scorecards.
“I put everything I had into it,” Fili said later. “I feel like I did everything right, except for one stupid oversight.”
Fili said his hand slipped as he pushed off Pineda’s chest in the heat of an early exchange, and his fingers went straight into his opponent’s eye. Combined with a bad shot started in the first, Pineda was unable to open his eyes when the fight was stopped by a foul.
Pineda protested the decision of the doctor and the referee and called for a rematch.
“I think he fucked me,” he said. “I think we could continue. I see. My eyes are a little blurry. I think we need to do it again. “
The veteran fighter was nearly finished after a straight right kick sent him to the canvas at the start of the first. Fili followed a spectacular combination that included two header strikes and opened Pineda’s unsuccessful punch. Pineda tried to grapple with the ground, but settled on kicks that clearly hurt Fili.
Before the sad end, everything turned out like a great battle.