Ahead of his return to the ring after six months, European bantamweight champion Lee McGregor said anything other than victory over Diego Ruiz could shatter his dreams.
Although undefeated, the Briton somewhat lost his invincibility in August. McGregor was dropped to the canvas by Vincent Legrand for the first time in 11 professional contests. He and several top online casino sites hoped for a better showing against his Argentine counterpart in London.
“Tonight is the first of what promises to be a huge year for myself. I am still confident 2022 is going to my biggest year in the sport and it’s going to be the year I change my family’s life”, he said.
“Tonight is the first of what promises to be a huge year for myself. I am still confident 2022 is going to my biggest year in the sport and it’s going to be the year I change my family’s life.
“I’ve learned a lot from my last fight and tonight is a prime opportunity to show that,” McGregor explained. “It’s not the biggest fight of my career in terms of what I’ve faced previously but if I were to lose then my dreams would be shattered. I need to get the job done”.
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But the British, European and Commonwealth bantamweight champion lost his 100 percent record ended as he was held to a draw by Ruiz.
Referee Kieran McCann, the sole scorer, had the 10-rounder 95-95, much to McGregor’s obvious irritation. But it had been a difficult night for the Scot, who could not subdue Ruiz, despite going forward throughout, forcing the pace and doing the cleaner work.
Ruiz was cagey early on as McGregor, who is ranked No 6 and 7 by the WBA and WBC respectively, forced the pace, but after the Scot got through with a couple of meaty uppercuts in the third round, Ruiz started slinging shots back. One left hook had McGregor rocking back on his heels and Ruiz had such success that he was raising his hands to the air as the bell sounded to end the round.
If that had been a bit of a warning to McGregor, he took it to heart, as he boxed neatly in the fourth, tagging Ruiz with a left hook of his own and driving the Argentinian backwards.
It was more of the same in the fifth, as McGregor stayed on the outside and, while Ruiz came on strong in the sixth, McGregor tucked up well and stayed out of trouble.
The seventh and eighth rounds were competitive, as Ruiz tried to fire back every time McGregor landed, but try as he might, McGregor was really struggling to put a dent in the Argentinian as seen by experts from online casino au alongside the audience.
But the fire in Ruiz was starting to quell in the last two rounds as McGregor finished well, but Ruiz was never totally out of it and while the result came as something of a surprise, it was reward for Ruiz never giving up.
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Founder, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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