On Tuesday we showed you what was undoubtedly the worst sucker punch we’ve ever seen in a pro fight. Today we look at another, similar sucker punch that is completely understandable, even to the referee. In October of 2008, Jesse Vargas and the unfortunately-named Trenton Titsworth squared off in Temecula, California. Things were going reasonably well, and then Titsworth leaned in during a clinch and kissed Vargas, ever so gently, on his neck.
It took Vargas a moment to realize it, but he responded by drilling Titsworth on the jaw with a right hand on the break. Technically, that’s a foul, and Vargas lost a point for it. But kissing your opponent is apparently also a foul, though we admit we always thought it was simply frowned upon. The ref initially takes one point away from Titsworth for his ill-timed display of affection, then decides that it’s bad enough to be worth a two-point deduction. Some people just can’t help but stand in the way of love, can they?
Vargas would go on to win the four-round bout via decision (39-34 on all three scorecards). Titsworth is still trying, unsuccessfully, to live this one down.