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BKFC: Dodson, Aguero fight to draw; Sanchez wins impressivly

Mar. 29—The judges rendered a unanimous decision, in that all three of them scored the fight a draw.

There was unanimity from the fighters as well, both disagreeing with the decision and both eager and willing for a rematch.

Friday night, Albuquerque's John Dodson and the Dominican Republic's Dagoberto Aguero battled to a five-round draw in the main event of a bare-knuckle (BKFC) fight card at Tingley Coliseum.

Dodson (3-0-1 bare knuckle) retained his BKFC flyweight title. Aguero, who now lives and trains in Miami, is 1-0-1.

After the draw was announced, some in the arena were expecting a sixth round to settle things. There is no provision in New Mexico Athletic Commission rules, it turns out, for such a tie-breaker.

Afterward, Dodson, who'd stopped all three of his previous BKFC opponents in the first round, acknowledged Aguero's skills in taking the Albuquerque southpaw the distance for the first time.

"He's the toughest opponent I've ever faced, so my hat's off to him," he said, wearing the effects of Aguero's blows on his face.

Dodson also said, though, that he believed he'd done enough to earn the decision.

"I thought I was sufficiently ahead on the cards (entering the fifth and final round)," he said. "I thought I won."

To the surprise of no one, Aguero saw it differently.

"No doubt, Dodson is a great fighter," Aguero said via a translator. "It was a great fight, but I feel like the decision wasn't right."

Both said they'd like a rematch. Aguero said he wants it in Miami. Dodson initially said he'd do it "back here (in Albuquerque) or Miami or Abu Dhabi, wherever they want to take it to."

Later, however, he said, "I'm the champion. (The rematch) should be wherever I want."

In Friday's co-main event, Albuquerque's Donald Sanchez (3-1) was dominant from start to early finish in defeating Dallas Davison (2-3) of Great Falls, Montana by third-round TKO.

Sanchez, boxing beautifully, won the first round on all three scorecards. He gradually opened up in the second, strafing Davison's soft midsection, then put him on the canvas before the fight was waved off at 1:19 of the third.

"I have very, very high-level boxing," Sanchez said afterward. "... But this sport is different, so you can't just box in this sport.

"You've got to have everything, and I have it all."

The 11-fight card, while well attended, appeared to fall short of the back-to-back record crowds BKFC had attracted to Tingley in its previous two shows there.

No official attendance figure was available.

As expected, the main event offered a dramatic contrast in styles. Dodson stands 5-foot-3 and has an MMA background; Aguero, 5-8, is a boxer with a 15-2 record.

Dodson scored a knockdown in the first round, which all three judges scored 10-8, and appeared on his way to another victory. But in the second and again in the third, Aguero — effectively using his reach advantage — caught Dodson rushing in and dropped him to one knee.

Now trailing by two points with two rounds remaining — the scores were shown on the big digital screens in the arena, though it's not clear the fighters or their corners were aware — Dodson needed to win the fourth and the fifth to salvage a draw.

He won them both, the judges favoring his aggressiveness over Aguero's accurate, though not frequent, punches. All three scorecards read 46-46.

THE HOME TEAM: New Mexico fighters went 4-3-1 on the night. Moriarty's Austin Lewis, Peralta's Manuel Otero and Albuquerqueans Felipe Chavez and Marc Entenberg were the winners. Albuquerqueans Frank Lester, Lorenzo Coca and Greg McElroy took the losses.

WELCOME BACK, OR NOT: For Otero and Albuquerqueans Coca and Lester, it had been a long time between fights.

Otero had not fought, whether in an MMA cage or a boxing ring, since 2016. Lester hadn't fought since 2015, Coca not since 2011.

For Otero, a winner by first-round KO over Ohioan Michael Fournier, it was a happy homecoming. For Lester, a loser by first-round TKO to Californian Keith Richardson, and Coca, stopped in the first by Kentucky's Ruben Warr, not so much.

THE BOSS: BKFC President David Feldman said his organization will return to New Mexico soon, but likely not in Albuquerque.

"We're working on something big for (Las Cruces') Austin Trout to defend his title here in New Mexico," Feldman said.

Trout, a former world boxing champion, is 2-0 in bare-knuckle competition and holds the BKFC welterweight title.