By Jonny Stapleton
Irish prospect Jamie Kavanagh had to dig deep to maintain his unbeaten status on the undecard of Amir Khan’s world title reverse to Lamont Peterson in Washington on Saturday night.
Ramesis Gil presented The Wild Card lightweight with his toughest test to date and
managed to hold the World Youth silver medallist to a majority draw with two judges scoring the fight 57-57 and the third 58-56 for Kavanagh.
Draw specialist Gil- the Puerto Rican now has five draws on his card- cut Kavanagh over the right eye in the second round and caught him flush more than once over the six rounds
Kavanagh did display the more accurate work in the middle rounds but suffered a scare in the fifth when the referee asked the doctor to inspect the cut that had been open further by a clash of heads.
The blood stained Golden Boy fighter battled on and looked to have just shaded what was a certainly a tough learning fight, but failed to register win number nine as the judges deemed it a draw.
A somewhat disappointing out come for the Spanish speaking Irish puncher, but exposure to such a tough opponent so early in his career will only help to prepare him for the type higher level battles he is expected to compete in.