MICHAEL Farenas scored a controversial second-round technical knockout win over Hector Velazquez late Friday night due to a cut suffered by the veteran Mexican.
In the main event of MAG PACMAN Boxing International Promotions’ second fight card, Farenas kept his knockout streak alive but the ending of the bout was highly questionable.
Farenas and Velazquez clashed heads which caused an ugly gash on the Mexican's right brow, but veteran referee Bruce McTavish decided the cut came from a punch to reward the Filipino with the TKO victory.
Farenas upped his ring record to 38-4-4 with 30 knockouts as he gears up for a possible world title shot in his next fight.
Velazquez, on the other hand, dropped to 56-21-3 as he moved closer to retirement. The Mexican also lost to boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao during their non-title fight in 2005 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The outcome took the luster somewhat from what had been a highly touted battle royale, with Farenas looking for a resounding victory over an opponent who once went six rounds against the great Pacquiao.
The accidental head clash and the referee's disputed decision put an end to all that, though.
In the undercard, Dave Penalosa scored one of the best victories of his career against Alem Robles of Mexico.
Penalosa invested with body punches early in the fight but the tough Mexican refused to give the young Filipino an inch.
The two battled for six back-and-forth rounds but in the end, Penalosa won a unanimous decision victory with scores of 58-56, 58-56, and 59-56.
Penalosa raised his record to eight wins with five knockouts without a defeat.
The event was sponsored by CherrylumE, DIY (Do It Yourself) Hardware, and Harrix Wires and Cables with Lancaster Hotel as the event's official hotel.