Witter beaten by Lupo: Is Junior’s career over?

By Sean McDaniel: Former WBC light welterweight champion Junior Witter (37-4-2, 22 KO’s) may be on the brink of retirement after losing a 10 round unanimous decision to Romanian Victor Lupo (19-1-2, 9 Ko’s) on Saturday night at the Hershey Centre, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

Witter just couldn’t get things going in the fight and faded badly late when he ran out of gas and began to take a lot of head shots from Lupos. The final judges’ scores were 97-92, 96-94 and 95-95. Witter lost a point for holding after he ran out of gas.

Granted, this was Witter’s first fight since being stopped by Devon Alexander in August 2009, but Witter looked poor even in the early rounds of the fight. Witter is now fighting at welterweight and he doesn’t seem nearly as effective at this weight compared to when he was fighting as a light welterweight.

Witter says he can’t make light welterweight anymore without great struggle, so he doesn’t have a lot of choices. It’s difficult seeing Witter making any kind of impact at welterweight and he doesn’t have the ability to get back down in weight to light welterweight.

I don’t see much choice in the matter for Witter but to retire unless he’s okay with struggling and losing to fighters like Lupo. They get a lot better than this guy. If Witter can’t beat Lupo, then he’s going to be losing more and more in the future. As long as Witter is okay with that.

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