The group at SSE Enviornment, Wembley, in London roared Friday as the ultimate horn sounded to finish the rematch between hometown hero Michael “Venom” Page and his nemesis, ex-champion Douglas Lima. It was virtually as in the event that they have been making an attempt to will him to victory after an agonizingly shut and difficult-to-score bout.
The flashy Web page had his moments within the rematch of a 2019 bout that Lima had received by knockout. Lima, although, did, too.
Fittingly for such a combat, it was a cut up determination. Ben Cartlidge favored Lima, 29-28. However judges Doug Crosby and Eric Colon had it 29-28 for Web page, giving him the victory and sure propelling him right into a title combat in opposition to unbeaten champion Yaroslav Amosov.
“The one and solely MVP is again,” Web page shouted to the adoring crowd following the slender victory.
Web page was the faster fighter and was getting the sting when the combat was on the toes. He dropped Lima twice early, however he might by no means observe up on that benefit. A part of it was as a result of Lima hopped again up instantly and a part of it was as a result of Web page by no means threw mixtures and appeared to attempt to finish the combat with a crushing proper.
The primary spherical advised the story of the whole combat. Web page managed the primary half, however Lima took him down at virtually the precise midpoint of the spherical. From that time till the tip, Lima pinned Web page to the mat and dropped some pictures from the highest on him.
Web page wound up on his again for the ultimate minute-plus of the combat, resulting in loads of anxious moments among the many partisans. As soon as Web page hit the ground, he did nothing offensively and wasn’t in a position to break away and get again to his toes.
He celebrated with the ability to pressure Lima to attempt to take him down.
“I make all strikers, each single striker who’s stepped in entrance of me, I’ve become wrestlers,” stated Web page, who’s now 20-1. “Each single considered one of them.”
Web page survived a bushy second within the second. Lima kicked Web page’s legs out from below him and briefly put him down. As Web page was getting up, Lima fired an enormous proper hand. Web page pulled again and it whistled previous him.
It was eerily paying homage to the primary combat, when Lima didn’t miss and completed Web page. This time, Web page was prepared for it.
“Idiot me as soon as,” Web page stated, grinning wryly. “Idiot me as soon as. I bought up with my eyes up. I noticed that punch coming and you recognize, I’m good at slipping. I ain’t going to get hit with that very same punch once more.”
Whereas Web page strikes on to a title shot, Lima has to wash up a three-fight dropping streak.