"All people want to talk about are the cuts on my face—the cuts, the cuts," Galindez grumbled through an interpreter. "But the cuts weren't what caused me to lose the last fight. I had personal problems, marital troubles, and I was out of shape. I couldn't concentrate on my training. And I had been sick. I weighed 190 pounds and I had to starve myself. I wasn't myself as a fighter."
After he lost, back home in Argentina, the fans would boo whenever Galindez showed up at a local fight. It stung him badly.
"The fans at home think he gave away the title to Rossman and they are hurt," said an Argentinian journalist. "So this fight is very big at home. And many, many people will be rooting for him to lose. After he lost in New Orleans, I met him on the airplane and he said for him it was the final curtain. So now he must silence the boos and the jeers. It is the only reason he is fighting."
Robinson's strategy was for Rossman to jab away at the heavy scar tissue over Galindez' eyes and to hook to the body. "After the fifth round we'll probably stay upstairs with everything," Robinson said, "but at first we've got to back him up, to make him move and exhaust himself."
In the opening round, Rossman threw more than 30 left jabs. Many of them fell just a tick short but he connected often enough to win the round on the cards of all three officials. Then Galindez unveiled his strategy, aimed at evading the jab and overcoming the disadvantage of his shorter reach. He began taking a quick step forward and throwing a lunging jab, following that with a wicked right. The 22-year-old champion countered with stiff right hands over the jab. After this round there were two votes for Rossman. Celis voted for Galindez.
In the third, Christodoulou warned Rossman for hitting low, and while Rossman got two of the official votes—again, Celis was for Galindez—that was the last round Rossman would take. Stung by a sharp right hand early in the fourth round, Galindez now began fighting with a fury, scoring with thunderous hooks from both sides. With Rossman hurt and reeling, Galindez even kept punching after the bell. Christodoulou, who said later that he didn't hear it, merely observed the action.
Just as Christodoulou finally realized that the round had ended, Rossman's younger brother Andy, who works the corner, bounded into the ring and rushed at Galindez. Andy threw a punch and missed; Galindez threw two and didn't. Then the Argentinians started pouring into the ring. By now the referee was in command. He shooed both factions out of the ring, and a possible brawl was averted.
In the fifth Galindez continued to dominate the fight, despite having suffered a cut high on his forehead. Rossman unleashed perhaps a dozen rights; on one of them he broke his hand.
From that point to the end, Galindez was in complete charge, throwing the savage blows that rocked Rossman several times. Near the end of Round 9, Rossman fired a final right hand to Galindez' head, then staggered forward in obvious pain.
When he got back to his corner Rossman said, "I can't stand the pain." Robinson turned and told DePiano what the fighter had said.