By Scott Shaffer
Cody Crowley W12 Abel Ramos... The Showtime pay-per-view opener in Las Vegas was a fast-paced and exciting WBC welterweight eliminator between Cody Crowley and Abel Ramos. After twelve rounds of action, the Canadian Crowley was declared the winner by majority decision. The official scores were 114-114, 115-113 and 116-112. According to Punchstats, Crowley landed more punches, 227-164. Afterwards, Crowley, both eyes swollen, shed some tears in memory of his father, who recently committed suicide.
Crowley caught a bit of a break in round 11, when he got caught with a hard punch that seemed to cause his glove to touch the canvas. The referee ruled it a knockdown, and the shaken Crowley got a breather. In betweem rounds, however, the Nevada Athletic Commission reviewed the replay and determined that Crowley's glove did not touch the canvas. As a result, the knockdown was cancelled and at least one point was restored to Crowley's score.
In the run-up to the fight, Crowley said, “Me and my father were battling mental health issues for a couple years. He had demons that he couldn’t beat and last summer they got the best of him and he took his own life. This fight right now gives me a reason to get up every day and continue pushing forward. Come Saturday, March 25 it’s my 30th birthday, I never thought I’d make it to 30, but thanks to my father, I have.”