Mexican boxer Julian Fernandez has been given a painful lesson in what can go wrong when your confidence doesn't match your ability.
Fernandez (14-3) was destroyed in his fight with Frank Sanchez 17-0 (13 KO's) over the weekend, with his Cuban opponent punching him out of the ring in a devastating seventh round knockout.
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It wasn't so much the loss as much as the manner of Fernandez's defeat that led to him being openly ridiculed by fight fans.
In scenes reminiscent of the Rocky films, Fernandez openly taunted his rival mid-fight, urging Sanchez to punch him in the face.
His Cuban opponent obliged, clocking Fernandez with a fierce left jab that still didn't deter his Mexican rival.
A fired-up Fernandez gestured with his glove once again at the spot on his face where he wanted Sanchez to hit him, throwing any thought of defence out the window.
The ridiculous strategy brutally backfired later in the fight, when Sanchez gave Fernandez exactly what he'd asked for.
The Cuban smashed him with a pair of huge right hands that sent Fernandez toppling out of the ring.
Cocky boxer mocked by fight fans
The slo-motion replays showed the ferocious shots that ultimately spelled an end to Fernandez's fight, with viewers giving the cocky boxer absolutely no sympathy on social media.
"That's a bold strategy Cotton, let's see if it works out for him." pic.twitter.com/YSSZkrp9gC
— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) December 20, 2020
— Adam J Turner (@adamjt11) December 20, 2020
Yeah...Rocky movies aren't a real good strategy.
— Biden wins again ⚜ (@cybertiledude) December 20, 2020
I love to see when this happens. It’s like watching a bull gore and bull fighter.
— DirtyPickles (@Blackwell008) December 20, 2020
Asking for it wasnt he lol
— Big Al Marciniak (@macdaddymount) December 20, 2020
At least he was kind enough to give him what he taunted him for. 😂
— Cohiba Smoke (@CircusMaximu5) December 20, 2020
This was the dumbest strategy that could be used by a boxer.🤔
— Gourmet Chef Kev (@KevGourmet) December 20, 2020
Watched one too many Rocky movies.
— Jefferson Smith (@SmithGoesToHell) December 20, 2020
Why does this make me so happy?
— Vinnie Coppola (@vinniedotcom) December 20, 2020
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