Lausa shuts door on possible PXC title rematch vs Pitpitunge
MANILA, Philippines – Newly-minted flyweight champion Jenel Lausa is not too keen on granting fellow Filipino fighter Crisanto Pitpitunge a championship rematch inside the Pacific Xtreme Combat (PXC) cage.
Lausa, a 27-year-old native of Concepcion, Iloilo, captured the organization’s vacant flyweight championship by narrowly defeating Pitpitunge in the main event of PXC 51 on Saturday, January 16.
Two judges saw the high-octane encounter in favor of Lausa with two 48-47 marks, while the other cageside official scored 48-47 for Pitpitunge.
Lausa stressed that a second encounter against Pitpitunge would have no bearing on the grounds that his title-winning performance was decisive. He added that the razor-thin result on the scorecards was coincidental.
“It really depends on PXC, but I’m not very keen on having a rematch. I believe I won convincingly. It just so happened that the result was a split decision,” he told Rappler.
Although Lausa already knew that he was on the verge of bagging the available silver-plated strap during the bout, he admitted he was expecting an undivided nod from the 3 judges.
In addition, Lausa defended his observation by asserting that he started to dictate the pace of the title tilt in the second round, where he utilized his boxing pedigree by delivering left jab-right straight combinations and denying Pitpitunge’s takedown attempts.
“I did everything I could to win decisively. I am just happy to be the champion right now,” he quipped.
Lausa said he is willing to give other competitors in PXC’s flyweight locker room a shot at his world title to prove his worth as a fighting champion.
“PXC gave me a chance to fight for this title. Now, it’s time to give others the same opportunity and privilege,” he said. – Rappler.com