Laurel, MD super featherweight Ikem "The Warrior" Orji lost a six-round split decision to undefeated Issac Suarez of Lancaster, PA tonight at the Arena in Philadelphia, PA.
No details on the bout except for the judge's scorecards. Judge Al Dorsey scored the bout for Orji, 57-56 but judges Frank Cappuccino and Steve Weisfeld saw the bout in favor of Suarez, 58-55 and 58-56 respectively.
With the loss, Orji falls to 5-2, one KO while Suarez remains undefeated at 7-0, three KO's.
UPDATE: Sources have told me that this decision was a very controversial one. Orji scored a knockdown in the second-round but the round was scored a 10-9 round rather than a 10-8 round. No word on when the knockdown took place in the round. Representatives from Orji's camp have informed me that they plan to protest this decision.
Here is an on-site report from JR Jowett who writes for Boxing Digest. As some know, Jowett pulls no punches in his descriptions of bouts.
Isaac Suarez, 134, Lanc., sp. dec. Iken Orji, 135 ¼, Laurel, MD, 6.
NO fight!!! Great match on paper produces nothing in ring! They paw with jabs, not landing, and look and pose and look and pose and look and pose… In 3rd, Orji, who has been switching between southpaw and ortho, is back to southpaw, waves a few pawing jabs and then fires straight left, drops IS. But nothing happens afterward, and nothing for the rest of the bout. Dorsey scores for Orji, 57-56, Capp
58-55 & Weis 58-56 for Suarez.