Elias Araujo Furious After the Referee Calls an Unexpected Stoppage Against Raymond Muratalla in the Fifth Round

Published 11/20/2021, 9:49 PM EST


Raymond ‘Danger’ Muratalla took on Elias Araujo in one of the most interesting fights of the event. They originally set Muratalla against unbeaten prospect, Steven Ortiz. However, Ortiz stepped away from the fight due to an injury. Elias Araujo stepped up to the plate on short notice for an eight-round lightweight bout to open the main card for the Porter vs Crawford card.

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The former Soccer player Elias Araujo started off the fight slow. Both fighters began sizing each other up and trying new things in the first round. However, it was Muratalla who began getting into a rhythm. Araujo kept charging toward Muratalla as the unbeaten California native tried to figure Araujo out.

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The second round looked the same as the fighters kept throwing, but not connecting anything significant. In the third round, Muratalla started working.

He went to the body, stepped off to the side, went for the body, and began slowly breaking Araujo down. To Araujo’s credit, he never stopped coming forward, charging at Muratalla, not letting him settle down.

Halfway through the fight, Muratalla was connecting well and moving well to avoid most of Araujo’s punches. Muratalla then picked up the pace and started hurting Araujo.

In the fifth round, Muratalla began punching harder and started throwing more punches. Araujo got cut and was bleeding. After taking a lot of unanswered punches, the referee called a stop to the fight in the fifth round.

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Elias Araujo was Furious at the referee’s decision in favor of Raymond Muratalla

Although the Argentine took a lot of punishment, he never stopped charging at Muratalla and showed no signs of slowing down. He kept throwing punches and did not look stunned or hurt.

The referee, however, thought differently as he called a stop to the fight in the fifth round, saying, “That’s it, I’ve seen enough. I told you to show me something”.

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Araujo reacted furiously to the stoppage, along with the crowd, who echoed boos around the Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Even during the announcement for the winner of the fight, Araujo paraded around the ring with his hands raised.

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Do you think the referee made the right decision? Or did Araujo deserve to fight on?

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Loyola College, Allan fuses his love for literature and the sport of boxing to deliver quality copies about 'The Sweet Science.' Allan is a semi-professional soccer player for Diego Juniors FC.

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