Grand Theft Boxing: Hogan Robbed in Mexico

By Robert Ecksel on April 13, 2019
Grand Theft Boxing: Hogan Robbed in Mexico
The judges awarded Munguia a majority decision he neither earned nor deserved. (DAZN)

Munguia had the backing of a boxing establishment licking its chops at a prospective big money fight between him and Canelo Alvarez…

Saturday night at Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico, in a fight streamed live on DAZN, WBO super welterweight champion Jaime Munguia (33-0, 26 KOs), the 22-year-old knockout artist from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, got the gift of a lifetime when the judges denied 34-year-old Dennis “Hurricane” Hogan (28-2-1, 7 KOs), the clever boxer-puncher from Newstead, Queensland, Australia, by way of Kildare, Ireland, the victory he deserved by awarding the house fighter a majority decision he neither earned nor merited.

The final scores after 12 rounds were 116-112, 115-113, and 114-114.

To call the decision controversial doesn’t suffice. Robbery is more like it.

Fighting out of the red corner in white trunks with green trim, Hogan, a 20:1 underdog and the mandatory challenger going after his world title, entered enemy territory armed with little more than a game plan and wealth of experience, both of which the man he was facing lacked.

Munguia, fighting out of the blue corner in red trunks with white and silver trim, had advantages in age, height and reach. He also had the backing of a boxing establishment licking its chops at a prospective big money fight between him and Canelo Alvarez.

The opening round was of little consequence. Hogan was moving well, using the ring to maximum effect while avoid Munguia’s punches. There was little offense from either man, with the exception of a right hook that caught Munguia flush, but Hogan controlled the action, such as it was, to win round one.

Hogan picked up where he left off in round two. Fighting smart, keeping his distance, using lateral movement and a sharp jab to keep the flat-footed champion at bay, the challenger was looking to counter, while Munguia, who has not yet learned how to cut off the ring, threw of first of his many big swings and misses in the fight. A good counter left as the round was drawing to a close enabled Hogan to pocket another round.

The third was a better round for Munguia. Hogan connected with a lead left hand to get things going. Munguia, who subsequently complained about Hogan’s dirty tactics, landed the first of several rabbit punches when they were in close. But he also connected with two right hands, neither of which affected the challenger, whose constant movement kept the reigning and defending champion from planting his feet. The round was close and could have gone either way.

There was no disputing who won round four. Hogan landed a nice left hook, followed by three right hands and another hook. Munguia failed to jab his way in, which only grew worse as the fight progressed. Hogan caught him with another right and scurried out of range. Munguia swung and missed another time. They exchanged lefts. Hogan landed a clean left hook. Munguia countered with a straight right hand, but Hogan was trading with the champ and getting the better of him. He also won the round.

Munguia had his best rounds so far in the fifth and sixth. Hogan continued to stick to his game plan, picking at the champ at a distance and clinching when they got close. But Munguia was landing body shots that were having an effect. Hogan was starting to slow down. Still, he continued to make Munguia, who often looked wild and undisciplined, in addition to appearing inexperienced, miss his winging shots.

Round seven was close. Munguia was making Hogan fight his fight, which Hogan did with surprising effectiveness. A big overhand right at the bell helped Hogan even it up or perhaps steal the round in the closing seconds.

Hogan’s corner spoke words of encouragement between rounds. “You’ve got five rounds to go. Plenty in the tank.”

The Irishman took charge of the fight in round eight. He landed left hooks, right hands and uppercuts as Munguia’s one-dimensionality as a fighter became glaring. Hogan’s lack of world-class power was supposed to be a deficit he would never overcome, but one wouldn’t know it by watching the fight.

“This round was too close,” Munguia’s trainer, Roberto Alcazar, told him. “You’ve got to lead. Don’t let him escape, man.” Munguia asked twice if he was winning the fight.

Hogan upped the ante in round nine. While he was throwing and landing punches, Munguia looked lost, ineffectively winging punches without a clue as to how to get back on track. He also had no defense to speak of. Hogan landed another left hook at the bell to punctuate his dominance.

The 10th was a huge round for Hogan. Moving in and out, keep out of Munguia’s and harm’s way, Hogan landed right hands and left hooks seemingly at will on a man unable to think on his feet or react appropriately by fighting back.

After the round, desperation had crept into Munguia’s corner. “We need these two rounds,” said Alcazar. “We need these two rounds. C’mon, close it up. Be first.”

The championship rounds proved no better for the champion than the 10 rounds before them. With his hands at his waist, having ceased moving his head, and having lost whatever zip was on his punches, Munguia was wobbled by an overhand right thrown with bad intentions and the words Upset of the Year seemed not only possible but probable.

Munguia attempted to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in the 12th and final round. But his desperation was showing, as it had been for most of the fight, and it was unbecoming, especially for a champion who had been legitimately dethroned yet was about to benefit from the business of boxing’s dirty tricks.

After the fight, Munguia spoke in platitudes.

“In my mind, as the fight was coming to an end, I thought it might have been a draw and I decided to give it my all,” Munguia said. “It was difficult, but I wanted to give the victory to my people.”

Touching words, but it was the judges, not Munguia, who gave the victory to his people. Yet when it came to Dennis Hogan, the real winner of the fight, Munguia didn’t pull his punches.

“He would hit me in the head. He would headbutt me. He would hold. He wouldn’t let me get into a rhythm. But we just have to continue our preparation.”

Hogan by contrast dispensed with banalities.

“I know I won the fight,” he said. “I know in my heart. I’m so disappointed to train as hard as I did and for this to happen. We came here in good faith, and apart from the people who scored it and allowed this decision to go through—everybody knows, this is bad for boxing.

“He’s a great fighter, but he knows he was losing. At times he was desperate. I was well winning the fight. I was so comfortable in there. We know we were winning that. Everybody knows. Everybody that seen it knows it.”

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  1. Koolz 05:32pm, 04/14/2019

    complete robbery!
    why is getting excited when he hears the name of that judge?

  2. Koolz 05:08pm, 04/14/2019

    Munguia wants to fight GGG?
    MWHAHAA!  He is going to get Knocked Out!!!!
    time for a rematch in Australia!


  3. Joe 09:46am, 04/14/2019

    Well, Hogan would have got it in Australia, whether he was winning or losing.  Ask Pacquiao.

    That’s how it is.

  4. 30 Days In The Hole 07:00am, 04/14/2019

    I watched the video provided with the article and noticed that I didn’t hear one single boo from the audience after the decision was announced. Maybe, Waylon Jennings was right, “Ain’t No God In Mexico.”

  5. Thrashem 06:57am, 04/14/2019

    You have to knock the Mexican out in Mexico and maybe you’ll get the decision. Can’t believe Hogan didn’t know that!

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