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Now This Is An Understandable Sucker Punch

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.

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SupermanPunch- October 23, 2009 at 1:41 pm
i haven't watched boxing in a long time (F.O.R.)
when did Lampley start talking like DW?
Wyatt- October 23, 2009 at 8:00 am
Jim Lampley is a nut. I'd love to hear Lamp and Rogan call a fight.
Sjsurf- October 23, 2009 at 3:14 am
I knew Dave Chappelle used to box.
just some dong- October 23, 2009 at 12:09 am
That sucker punch wasn't worth tits.
UFC fan- October 22, 2009 at 8:58 pm
831 son, was that YOU kissing that small mexican? you cali-fags are all alike.
whitey- October 22, 2009 at 6:30 pm
"i'm told our crack production team has the titsworth kiss"
lmfao

he was serious too! what a douche
mthomas- October 22, 2009 at 5:26 pm
And there's no sweaty nuts in their faces, Bernie Hopkins....
Krazy Kracker- October 22, 2009 at 4:39 pm
This isn't gay because they're not wrestling in panties.
omunto- October 22, 2009 at 4:30 pm
Interesting how Vargas punches Titsworth for the kiss whereas Hughes simply blushes when Penn does it.
EDoggFunkMonk- October 22, 2009 at 4:25 pm
Failed Tyson protege. You nibble on the ears not the sexy arch of their neck. You save that for prison.
Bob Reilly- October 22, 2009 at 4:03 pm
Fap fap fap!
MagicMitch- October 22, 2009 at 3:49 pm
And boxing has been saying MMA is gay...?

That didn't even seem like it was to piss him off (a la Herring vs Nakao), it just seemed saw his opportunity and took it. Maybe he was just trying to pull a Tyson and missed, who knows?
thevizer- October 22, 2009 at 3:42 pm
I don't care if he kissed him, hugged him, or bent him over the middle rope, kissing should be allowed in the boxing ring. 100%

Sincerely,

Bernard Hopkins
Catalyst8487- October 22, 2009 at 3:42 pm
@BigCountry

I thought a better line was "with a name like titsworth, what's the penalty for feeling the other guy up?" or something like that.
Merlin- October 22, 2009 at 3:18 pm
Silly Rabbit ... Fists not Lips.

BigCountrysCholesterol- October 22, 2009 at 3:15 pm
Now that is quality commentary: "Indeed, he kissed Vargas behind the ear, which prompted Vargas to knock the living shit out of him."
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