By: Anthony “Zute” George
The more I grow as a deep thinker, the more I can see how much we really do not know about boxing. I do not want to say boxing fans are dumb, you are all smart enough to realize this is the best entertainment experience, that doesn’t involve exchanging fluids with a significant other.
However, the more I hear myself, as well as others, talk about this scintillating sport, the more I realize how little we know. It is nothing to be embarrassed about, how can anyone know so much about such an unpredictable sport?
At the same time, some people go out of their way to put their foot in their mouths. Before he was even tested, the vile things that were being said about Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. were so out of whack, and based on nothing; it was very disturbing to me.
Now, most of these same people are celebrating his upcoming fight, and even giving him a chance, with Sergio Martinez. Chavez was young, and growing, yet his boxing legacy was already being written by so many know it all and nothing about it was flattering. This was very disturbing to me.
It is one thing to base an opinion on a boxer based on a body of work, but this kid’s career is just now entering the level where we can see what he is made of. If I ever interviewed JCC Jr. the one question I would be tempted to ask him is ‘How did it feel to be labeled a bum with no skills before your career even went into second gear?”
Boxing again proved the ‘experts’ wrong last night. Everyone and their mother was spewing that Jose Louis Castillo was done, had nothing left. How is that working for you now? Yes, the only man to make Floyd Jr. look ordinary, is not the fighter he once was, but done? Nothing left? Not quite.
One of my all-time favorite examples of boxing folks just saying just about anything, just to be heard is ‘Mosley is the best possible opponent for Pacquiao right now, at this point in his career, Juan Manuel Marquez is no longer a competitive fight, Pacquaio would kill him if they fought now.’ yes, this sport is very easy to predict.
One prediction that seemed to be fool proof is that Glen Johnson would lose another close decision in hostile territory. This was the case Friday Night when Andrzej Fonfara won a unanimous decision over the Road Warrior in Chicago.
While I scored the fight for Glen it was a close fight. I also scored the fight for Glen against Chad Dawson the first time, and a whole host of other fights.
This fight was a case where you could have scored it one sided, but still be a close fight that could have went either way.
I thought Glen Johnson featured a better, stiffer jab, and cleaner punchers in most of the rounds, so I gave the fight to him. However, Fonfara responded well to all of Johnson’s attacks, and had good moments in just about every round, so I can see the scorecards the way they were. Besides that, we all knew they were not going to read Glen Johnson as a winner that was an easy one to call.
Johnson will now retire, and the debates will begin as to whether or not he deserves to be in the Boxing Hall of Fame. I am more interested in seeing if he indeed remains retired.
Amazing how the worst decision of all time has faded away into the night. Another popular phrase after Timothy Bradley was declared the winner of Manny Pacquiao, was ‘heads are going to roll’ I did not think anything was going to go down, just another bad decision that the judges will get away with, ‘no this time it is different, its too big.’
This was the belief by many people, while many others felt the way I did. My point is I have no idea who is right because I have not heard anything. The judges were cleared by the Nevada Attorney General, however, what is the stance of the Athletic Commission?
Did Keith Kizer not have a problem with the scoring in that fight, the same way he did not have a problem with the scoring in Pac Man-Marquez 3? If so, I think we deserve an explanation of that belief? Do we have one? I am just asking.
If Keith Kizer did have a problem with the scoring, then what is being done about it? I do not know that either. If there is information I am missing please send it my way.
On the other hand, if the Athletic Commission is doing an impersonation of an ostrich and is able to get away with it, then another horrendous decision is bound to come our way.
The pattern has always been the same, the judges ruin a great night of boxing, everyone gets in an uproar about it, no consequences are given, and we all let it die on the vine because we are having so much fun watching all the great boxing that follows such a bad call. Nothing new folks. Not going to go away.