What happens when you have two journeymen heavyweights with six wins between them in a total of 55 professional fights? Two combatants who have travelled the world and served up as fodder to build records for other hopefuls finally being given a chance at a rare and sacred win? A draw of course, six rounds settled nothing between Stephane Tessier (3-29-2) and Taffo Asongwed 3-12-8 who battled to a 58-56, 56-58, 57-57 stalemate.
The battle was indicative of both fighter’s careers. Asongwed came out strong and faded. He did manage some good body work and actually threw some good combinations.
Tessier persevered and was still around at the end throwing left hooks and not quitting. The 38 year-old who had so often played the role of survivor over the years hasn’t had a win since 2005, so not surprisingly he had a hard time pulling the trigger in the first half of the fight. The last two rounds though had a reinvigorated Tessier determined and pressing the action, and dare we say, trying for a stoppage. It didn’t come surprisingly, but to see the veteran fighter go on the offensive to finish a fight certainly was a turn of the tables.
A loss with such a finishing effort would be hard to take, even for somebody who has made a career of it. Perhaps a draw was the best result for everyone.