Aaron Alameda actually laughed after Jimmy Lennon Jr. announced Angelo Leo as the winner of their 10-round fight Saturday night.
Alameda seemed sure that he had done enough to beat the former WBO junior featherweight champion. Unfortunately for him, none of three judges agreed that the sharp southpaw’s counter punching was enough to defeat Leo in the opener of Showtime’s tripleheader from Toyota Center in Houston.
Mexico’s Alameda lost a majority decision to Albuquerque’s Leo, who won 96-94 on judge Randy Russell’s scorecard and by an oddly wide score of 98-92 according to judge Eva Zaragoza. Judge Jesse Reyes scored their closely contested bout a draw, 95-95.
Leo regularly applied pressure and consistently connected to Alameda’s body, but Alameda’s crisp counters to Leo’s head caused significant swelling under Leo’s right eye. According to CompuBox’s unofficial punch stats, Leo landed 20 more punches overall than Alameda (211-of-614 to 191-of-693).
The 27-year-old Leo (21-1, 9 KOs), who is promoted by Floyd Mayweather’s company, bounced back from losing his WBO 122-pound championship to Stephen Fulton in his previous bout. Philadelphia’s Fulton (19-0, 8 KOs) convincingly beat Leo by unanimous decision in their 12-rounder January 23 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
The 27-year-old Alameda (25-2, 12 KOs) lost a second straight fight. Former WBC super bantamweight champ Luis Nery (31-1, 24 KOs) out-pointed Alameda in his prior appearance, a 12-round championship match September 26 at Mohegan Sun Arena.
The completely competitive bout between Alameda and Leo appeared to be on the table entering the 10th and final round.
A straight left by Alameda made Leo reset his feet with just over a minute to go in their fight. Alameda also countered Leo with a right hook with just under 10 seconds to go in that final 10th round.
Alameda nailed Leo with a right hook with just under a minute on the clock in the ninth round. Leo’s body work was effective again in those three minutes, but Alameda snapped back his head with a right uppercut that connected with about 25 seconds to go in that ninth round.
Leo landed a hard right to Alameda’s body with just over a minute left in the eighth round.
Alameda’s right hook to the body connected with just over a minute to go in the seventh round. Leo’s body work was consistent in that round. Alameda also landed a flush left and a hard right with just under 10 seconds remaining in that seventh round.
With about a minute to go in the sixth round, Alameda’s left to the body briefly lifted Leo off his feet. Leo fired back with a right hand that landed to Leo’s head.
Leo let his hands go to Alameda’s body and head during the final 15 seconds of the sixth round.
Leo’s right hand snapped back Alameda head with about 1:45 remaining in the fifth round. About 10 seconds earlier, Leo drilled Alameda with a right hand, only to have Alameda fire back with a flush left that backed up his opponent.
Leo again attacked Alameda’s body throughout the fourth round, but Alameda countered him consistently to his head.
Alameda caught Leo with a counter right hook barely 30 seconds into the third round. Alameda also blasted Leo with two right uppercuts as he fought with his back to the ropes just before the halfway point of the third round.
The sharp southpaw continued to counter Leo later in the third round and Leo pressed the action.
Alameda landed a right to the body before connecting with an immediate right hook to Leo’s head 1:05 into the second round. Leo tried to work inside and went after Alameda’s body in the second round, but Alameda made him pay with counter right hooks and left uppercuts.
Leo landed a left to Alameda’s body and came right back with a straight right up top at just about the midway mark of the opening round. Alameda nailed Leo with a right uppercut when there was just over a minute to go in the first round.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.