When you signed up to fight someone, usually you shouldn’t disqualify yourself because you care too much. But that’s exactly what Mike Pantangco did when he was facing off against Jeremy Rasner in the stupidly named “Prison City Fight League.”
Pantangco was clearly winning against a stumbling Rasner when he decided that he would take sympathy. With 20 seconds left in the first round, Pantangco suddenly, voluntarily, tapped out, causing him to lose the fight, reports Fox Sports.
He explained his decision, “I just feel that there’s no point fighting him because he didn’t train against me and I didn’t train for him and I just feel like we’re amateur fighters. We don’t get money, we don’t get paid, and I know that the only thing I’m going to finish the fight is him to go in the hospital or get hurt. I just feel terrible so I’m just going to give him the win.”
Sure, this is great sportsmanship, but it highlights the complete uselessness of amateur fighting. If you’re not getting paid to be knocked around like a rag doll, what person in their right mind would do it? The one upside is that it seems the fighters don’t have to worry about losing non-existent brain cells.