Ward and Kovalev Robbery?

Saturday, November 19th, marked a great day for the sport of boxing. Two undefeated, legitimate  world champs, both of who sit near the top of every  pound-for pound list. Met in their absolute primes of the career. It wasn’t six years too late  like May-Pac and it wasn’t a fight where one fighter was completely used up like Pac-De La Hoya. One was the legitimate 175 lbs champion and Ward the number 1 pound for pound fighter in the world . We got for the first time in a long time two top 5 pound for pound fighters going toe to toe and the fight actually lived up to expectation.

Kovalev dominated the fight early,especially in the first four rounds dropping Ward in the second round. After the fight Ward called it a flash knocked down. It didn’t look like that way to anyone watching when Ward got to his feet, his leg looked as sturdy as jello and he was temporarily on queer street. Kovalev dominated the early rounds with a head snapping job and using his reach and strength advantage to keep Ward from getting to the inside. As the fight progressed into the middle rounds the 5th in particular Ward adjusted nicely was able to tie up, do effective body work and land nicely on the inside. The middle rounds of 5-8 were pretty competitive fairly split and could have gone in either direction. Wards relentless investments to Kovalev body and inside work clearly wore Kovalev down who was showing considerable fatigue and looked drained down the stretch and allowed Ward not only back into the fight but possibly gave up the sizable lead he had accumulated through the early rounds and was able to maintain  through the middle rounds. When the scorecards came in  and I heard it was unanimous decision, it was a bit of a head scratcher, hardly ever is such a hard fought competitive fight that could be scored either way is it scored a UD, when the scorecards were read off and all three judges scored 114-113 for Ward, I wasn’t much surprised by the scorecards considering that is exactly how I  had it., What did surprise me was all three judges had exactly the same score. How often do you see a fight that tight with so many 50/50 rounds have all three judges score it exactly the same. I also wasn’t very surprised by the gross overreaction of the fight fans that called this fight a robbery. No robbery took place at the T-Mobile arena at Las Vegas on Saturday night.  And guess what, if the fight would have gone unanimously 114-113 for Kovalev, I got news for you, no robbery would have taken place. Robberies are what happened to Pernell Whitaker in San Antonio against Julio Casar Chavez and again to Sweet Pea in 1997 against De La Hoya.  A robbery is what happened to Erislandy Lara in his fight with Paul Williams, which lead to all three judges being suspended, or what happened to Lennox Lewis against Evander Holyfield in their first fight. These are robberies, travesties that hurt the sport . What happened to Ward and Kovalev was a great fight that could have gone either why and went one way rather than the other. I was sitting in my living room in Texas watching the fight and I had scored it for Ward by point, I was texting my brother who was sitting in his living watching the fight in New York after every few rounds we texted each other on how we saw the fight, and at the end of the fight I had Ward by a point he said he had Kovalev being the difference. This is not robbery and fight fans need to stop calling it a robbery.

I also wasn’t very surprised by the gross overreaction of the fight fans that called this fight a robbery. No robbery took place at the T-Mobile arena at Las Vegas on Saturday night.  And guess what, if the fight would have gone unanimously 114-113 for Kovalev, I got news for you, no robbery would have taken place. Robberies are what happened to Pernell Whitaker in San Antonio against Julio Casar Chavez

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and again to Sweet Pea in 1997 against De La Hoya.  A robbery is what happened to Erislandy Lara in his fight with Paul Williams, which lead to all three judges being suspended, or what happened to Lennox Lewis against Evander Holyfield in their first fight. These are robberies, travesties that hurt the sport. What happened to Ward and Kovalev was a great fight that could have gone either why and went one way rather than the other. I was sitting in my living room in Texas watching the fight and I had scored for Ward by a point, I was texting my brother who was sitting in his living watching the fight in New York after every few rounds we texted each other on how we saw the fight, and at the end of the fight I had Ward by a point he said he had Kovalev by a point the knockdown being the difference. This is not robbery and fight fans need to stop calling it a robbery. It’s not good for the sport to keep doing this. Every time we don’t agree with a decision half the people who think the fight went the other way call it an atrocious decision and says fighter X was robbed.  Instead of complaining on every close decision which hurts boxing, we should take great pride in the fight and simply demand a rematch, because you know and I know it will be entertaining worth the PPV cost and  the best fight that can be made between 168 and 175lbs.

Just because we disagree with the decisions it doesn’t mean we won’t watch the next one. I am not alone in thinking that Marquez beat Pacquiao all three times in their first three fights, and I am not alone in ordering all three of those fights. They were competitive and entertaining and the decisions went to Pac instead of Marquez and that’s OK, it set up the 4th fight where Marquez said the hell with this. I am not letting this go into the hands of the judges and we know what happened there. Marquez killed him dead. So if us fight fans need something to yell about let’s demand a rematch.

 

Rapper and boxing aficionado Vinnie Paz’s scorecard and saying if you disagree unfollow me. Really? This fight wasn’t up for debate?

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