By: The Mad Boxing Genius
Do you know why bands like The New Kids On The Block or The Spice Girls got torn to pieces by critics despite their popularity? It’s because these critics knew that they were manufactured brought to the top by money and marketing. They didn’t spend time writing songs or performing in dingy bars for nothing except exposure. They didn’t go down the same road like Bob Dylan or Neil Young did, paying their dues. They sang songs about the girl who got a way in “Please Don’t Go Girl” or that men had to get along with a certain girls’ friends if they wanted to be their lover in “Wannabe”.
Last Saturday night, through no fault of his own, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. became a Spice Girl as he won an undeserving decision against Sebastian Zbik. No one is going to convince me that the fix wasn’t in. Anything short of a knockout and Jose Sulaiman and his joke of a sanctioning body wasn’t going to let Chavez Jr. leave without that belt around his waist. The powers that be (I’m looking at you Bob) also thought this would be an easy touch but as it turned out, Sebastian Zbik is a serious dude. At the very least, the now uncrowned WBC champ was out throwing and out landing Junior for the first six rounds and even got his share of rounds down the stretch.
This wasn’t the biggest robbery of all-time in my opinion but the problem I have is that everyone knew that this fight before hand was nothing more than a formality. I knew it, Zutes Boxing Talk panel knew it, Sebastian Zbik knew and all of you knew it. Why not go after Felix Sturm or Sergio Martinez? They wanted a more or less unknown fighter with a visually good record but no one of real substance on his resume and powerless so that at the very least Jr would go the distance and adjustments could be made.
Sebastian Zbik, this poor schmuck, traveled all the way from Germany and put his hard work in to retain a title that he worked hard to attain just to have it taken away from him because he has the wrong last name.
What about Chavez Jr.? This guy has made sacrifices, worked hard and made tough decisions to get out of his father’s shadow and do away with the critics who call him a privilege pretender. His courageous performance was all for nothing because the same critics will only focus on the lousy decision.
- Kudos to Max Kellerman for announcing what we already knew but at least did it publically that these “world titles” are nothing more than promotional tools.
- No kudos to Roy Jones Jr. who sold out by trying to debate Max Kellerman’s argument about the titles being worthless. I think Roy is either trying to get a championship match under WBC for a nice payday or is trying to protect his accomplishments. Bringing the belts into question puts his accomplishments into question…like that’s something new.
- Happy that Carl Froch won his semi-final match but I’m even happier that the Super Six tournament is finally coming to a close.
- Where Bernard Hopkins gets things done by psychological warfare and experience, Glen Johnson can still rival the best by getting it done physically – throwing punches and working. I would love to see these two old war horses go at it for a second time.
- I’m definitely ready for Lucian Bute vs Mikkel Kessler!!!
- Call me crazy but I don’t think the Yudel Jhonson/Jose Miguel Torres fight on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights wasn’t all that bad.