Just When You Think You’ve Seen Everything

By Ted Sares on June 26, 2012
Just When You Think You’ve Seen Everything
When Joe Louis was declared the winner in a split-decision, the crowd booed loudly

The Brown Bomber was embarrassed and totally confused by 33-year-old Jersey Joe Walcott’s unorthodox tactics…

“It (Lara vs. Williams) wasn’t as bad as James Toney over Dave Tiberi…but it had shades of it.”—Ken Hissner (doghouseboxing.com)

“Rios got beat up all around. Abril beat him all around, and the only round I think I gave him was the last round. From round one through eleven, I was giving them to Abril.”—Boxer and contender Sharif Bogere.

“…this legislation would establish a Federal regulatory entity to oversee professional boxing and set basic uniform standards for certain aspects of the sport.” —Sen. John McCain

Louis vs. Walcott (1947)

“Joe Louis [was] stalking Walcott like he has so many other heavyweights but not knowing quite what to do with him, then getting dropped by a huge right hand seemingly out of nowhere.”—The Historian

The Brown Bomber was embarrassed and totally confused by Jersey Joe’s unorthodox tactics. Walcott, a 33-year-old veteran with a 44-11-2 record was a 10-to-1 underdog. However, the Jersey cutie decked Louis twice in the first four rounds with lightning fast punches that seemed to come out of nowhere. Most observers at the Garden felt Walcott easily dominated the 15-round fight, but when Louis was declared the winner in a split-decision, the crowd booed loudly. Walcott had been mugged in plain sight.

Giardello vs. Graham (1952)

Joey Giardello won this 10-round bout on a split-decision but New York commissioners Robert Christenberry and C.B. Powell changed the scorecard of judge Joe Agnello, making Billy Graham the winner. “Giardello sued, and the New York State Supreme Court reversed the reversal the following February.” The A-Z of World Boxing by Bert Blewett (1996) on page 130. The original official scorecards were: Judge Agnello, 6-4 for Giardello; Referee Miller, 5-4-1 for Giardello; Judge Shortell 7-3 for Graham. This fight is known in boxing lore as “The reversed reversal.” Enough said.

Ledoux vs. Boudreaux (1977)

The 1977 decision in the Scott Ledoux vs. Johnny “Black Night” Boudreaux fight was definitely a black night for boxing. This horrendous decision was so bad it prompted a grand jury investigation, though some might say that the real highlight was when Howard Cosell had his toupee kicked off his head on national TV by an enraged Ledoux. This smarmy event was part of the failed and tainted United States Boxing Championships, which was the brainchild of Don King. It was also part of the infamous and ugly Ring magazine rating scandal when The RING fabricated records of selected boxers to elevate them, thereby securing them lucrative fights on the ABC television network as part of the tournament. That scandal reinforced boxing as the sewer of professional sports, and to this day, the Roto-Rooter man has not showed up.

Curiously, Johnny Boudreaux went on to lose four of his next and final bouts while Scott Ledoux moved in a far more positive direction.

Ramirez vs. Whitaker (1988)

Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker fought Jose Louis Ramirez for the WBC Lightweight title in France and while he appeared to have won the fight going away, he received his first professional loss. In his 1999 edition of the World Encyclopedia of Boxing, Harry Mullan stated that the decision in this bout was “generally considered to be a disgrace.” Mullan was understating.

Paez vs. Dorsey (1990)

Crossover champion Troy Dorsey was the recipient of highway robbery when Jorge Paez was declared a split-decision winner despite being outpunched 4-1. Troy kept Paez pinned against the ropes for long periods, much like Tiberi would do with James Toney, and never stopped punching, especially to the midsection. In the end, however, two judges perpetrated a dry gulch on the tough Texan.

Toney vs. Tiberi (1992)

On the evening of February 8, 1992, utter disbelief swept the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City when the decision was announced that James Toney had “beaten” Dave Tiberi. This terrible decision reverberated throughout the boxing world. Donald Trump, who owned the casino where the fight took place, called it the worst result he had ever seen. More to the point, Sen. William Roth of Delaware was so incensed that he spearheaded a U.S. Senate investigation of the sport of boxing. This investigation, aided by Tiberi, led to the Boxing Safety Act in 1997. Tiberi, a devout man of God, retired after that fight in total disgust.

Whitaker vs. Chavez (1993)

While Pernell had won at least three hotly disputed decisions over Jorge Paez, James “Buddy” McGirt, and Wilfredo Rivera, none was as bad as the robbery he suffered when he lost to Jose Louis Ramirez in 1988. However, his draw against Julio Caesar Chavez was almost as disgraceful since most observers believed Whitaker had won 9 of the 12 rounds. Whitaker had a penchant for controversial decisions.

Briggs vs. Foreman (1997)

In this one (also at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City), Big George Foreman hit Shannon Briggs with everything but the kitchen sink and to all the fans at ringside was a clear winner. But two judges saw it otherwise and Foreman lost by majority decision. The only surprise here was that there was no investigation. Like Tiberi, Big George simply walked away and retired. Many fans who witnessed this sewer-churning travesty also walked away—from boxing.

Lewis vs. Holyfield (1999)

“It’s an absolute con, a tragedy and an injustice for boxing. This result has set boxing back into the dark ages.”—Frank Maloney

Eugenia Williams’ publicly debated performance as a boxing judge came as a result of her bizarre scoring in the Evander Holyfield heavyweight championship bout with Lennox Lewis at Madison Square Garden which ended in a shocking draw. Williams scored the fight for Holyfield and that drew cries of outrage and the ‘‘fix is in’’ from fans.  It also prompted a criminal investigation by New York State prosecutors in Manhattan and a pledge of reform by officials in Albany. Writer Timothy W. Smith covered this in an extremely revealing online article in the New York Times dated April 23, 1999, titled “BOXING; How a City Clerk Got on the Main Card.” 

After this fight, promoter Don King, grinning cunningly, said they would do it all over again and, when the two fighters did it a second time in Las Vegas, Lewis got his revenge and everyone got another payday.

De La Hoya vs. Trinidad (1999)

The decision in this one left most fans stunned. While Oscar didn’t do much in the last few rounds, his early “lead’ should have given him a comfortable win. It was almost as if Oscar was up against more than three blind mice. There was a strange feeling of “it’s time to slow this guy down.” There almost seemed to be bad juju at work here.

Joel Casamayor vs. Jose Armando Santa Cruz (2007)

“Just when you think you’ve seen everything, just when you think you’ve seen decisions so bizarre that you think you’ll never see anything worse than that, along comes something like this.”—Jim Lampley

The fight was dreadfully dull and a disinterested Casamayor was just plain dreadful, but at least Santa Cruz forced the action and appeared to win going away. Then a long wait came for the decision which was a sure sign that something was amiss. Jim Lampley earlier had cautioned about the notably inexperienced judging crew and the judges did not disappoint. Frank Lombardi and Ron McNair each scored it 114-113 in Casamayor’s favor, while Tony Paolillo had Santa Cruz winning by 114-113. It was another disgrace.

Williams vs. Lara (2011)

The shocking decision in the Paul Williams vs. Erislandy Lara bout in New Jersey on July 9, 2011 in Atlantic City again triggered outrage. Lara had rendered a stylish and bloody beatdown on the game Williams and everyone in the arena knew it except the three officials.  After conducting a full review of the controversial scoring, the NJSACB concluded that there was “no evidence of bias, fraud, corruption or incapacity on the part of any of the judges.” Therefore, the government agency could not invalidate the decision or mandate a rematch. Nevertheless, the NJSACB was dissatisfied with the scoring of the contest, even after hearing the explanations from the judges. Each was then placed on indefinite suspension and required to undergo “additional training prior to his return to professional boxing.”

Said Tim Elfrink in an article dated, October 27, 2011, “Yet Erislandy Lara remained the loser. He had risked everything—his life, freedom, and any chance of seeing his two young sons again to escape the injustice of communist Cuba. Now, in the Land of the Free, Lara was socked with the worst injustice yet, a decision so awful it might change boxing forever.”

Rios over Abril (2012)

There have been other terrible decisions of late like Lopez over Tolmajyan, Cloud over Campillo, Judah over Matthysse, Alexander over Matthysse, and several in non-U.S. bouts. But then on April 14, 2012, in Las Vegas (where else), Brandon Rios got a disgraceful split-decision victory against slick Richard Abril. It was a stunning result that gave boxing yet another black eye.

The “Last” Straw (2012)

“I’ll make a lot of money off the rematch, but this was outrageous.”—Bob Arum

“… it was a case of either incompetence or corruption.”—Teddy Atlas

“He hurt Bradley, but the Manny Pacquiao that I judged in the past would have finished him. He let him off the hook.”—Judge Duane Ford

“Bradley gave Pacquiao a boxing lesson.”—Ford
“I was comfortable with my score when I left the arena. Was I comfortable with the criticism? No. Let me tell you what, if this was American Idol, Pacquiao would have won because the public wanted him to win. On American Idol the three judges are unpopular sometimes, but we gave it an honest opinion.”—Ford

On June 9, 2012, something really bad happened, something that smelled really bad. Manny Pacquiao suffered his first “defeat” in seven years, a split-decision loss to unbeaten Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas despite the fact that ringside punch stats showed Pacquiao landing far more punches in 10 of the 12 rounds. Pacquiao also had the heavier hands. This atrocious result further enraged fans throughout the boxing world and was so awful, it triggered politicians Harry Reid and John McCain to introduce something called the Professional Boxing Amendments Act of 2012.

On June 11, sanctimonious and disingenuous promoter Bob Arum and Top Rank submitted a complaint about the decision to the Nevada Athletic Commission which is akin to flushing it down a toilet. Two days later, the World Boxing Organization announced it would review the verdict with a panel of five international judges and to no one’s surprise, the panel members scored the fight in Pacquiao’s favor 117-111, 117-111, 118-110, 116-112 and 115-113. Earlier, the Associated Press had scored it 117-111 for Pacquiao. ESPN and Harold Lederman of HBO both scored the fight 119–109, also in Pacquiao’s favor. Lederman had Pacquiao winning 11 of 12 rounds. Comcast’s Ryan Maquinana compiled a list of 51 journalists and broadcasters, 48 of whom scored the fight for Pacquiao, almost all by wide margins

The final straw was hearing Judge Duane Ford’s explanation of his scoring during his interview with HBO’s Jim Lampley on “The Fight Game.” Not only did the 74-year-old Ford self-destruct without Lampley’s prompting, but his senile-like comments provide ample justification for forcing him into permanent retirement as a boxing judge.

In the end, the disbelief and cynicism arising from what happened on June 9 lingers heavily over the boxing world like the sulfuric rotten egg smell from a paper plant lingers over a small mill town. Hopefully, there will be no rematch, for such an occurrence would simply validate the first fight.

To repeat the words of Jim Lampley, “Just when you think you’ve seen everything, just when you think you’ve seen decisions so bizarre that you think you’ll never see anything worse than that, along comes something like this.”

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  1. The Thresher 05:09pm, 07/01/2012

    Rax, I will

  2. raxman 04:54pm, 07/01/2012

    TED - it was one of those ones where i was lying in bed that night and went -Dóh! i know what he meant!!
    have you checked out the video - linked on this site in the video section - re the bradley-pac fight. its illuminating stuff - i’ll admit it serves an agenda but still it covers most of what myself those of the silent minority have said - only in slow motion and with sub titles

  3. The Thresher 05:10am, 07/01/2012

    FD, That was a real stinker is right! I coould have included it here easily.

  4. FrankinDallas 02:08am, 07/01/2012

    I seem to recall that the Foreman-Axel Schultz decision was considered a real stinker at the time.

  5. The Thresher 09:42am, 06/30/2012

    It went right over your head but I knew you would get it sooner or later

  6. raxman 07:31pm, 06/29/2012

    ted - re you’re question “are you being truculent” - i missed my opportunity to quote the great man…. i dont know what that means but if its good then i’m it!!!

  7. The Thresher 05:19pm, 06/29/2012


  8. Darrell 10:08pm, 06/28/2012

    Still moaning about the score in the Bradley - Pac fight?  Ford got it right, Pac was poor for most of it, with only flashes of his former brilliance for maybe the last third of many of the rounds…enough to win, not by my book.

    Martinez vs Cintron is a robbery that sticks in my mind.  Kermit should’ve bought a lottery ticket to even get a draw that night.

  9. raxman 04:28pm, 06/28/2012

    Effective punches, number of punches landed - compu box stats Ted? you know i don’t rate misnomer-box stats as being worth a damn thing - two guys pushing buttons - influenced by crowd noise and their one vantage point etc etc not to mention the computer in compu box may as well be an abacus.
    as for ring generalship - a real general would’ve got the ko in round 9. and i too was cheering him on as i had 100 at 13-1 on the ko in each of rounds 7,8 &9. real ring generalship would’ve knocked out a bloke who had lost all decisive lateral movement - bradley could only move in straight lines with any acceleration once he was injured. no i don’t buy the ring generalship bit - standing behind a guard and then fighting for a third of a round doesnt scream ring smarts to me - in fact to the contrary if pacquiao had fought the fight in his usual manner he would’ve got the points like he usually does - based on agression first and foremost.
    but i do agree this will be talked about for years to come - such is the collective outrage. my point is that the same can’t be said for lara v williams, abril v rios or molina v kirkland, which for mine are the true crimes

  10. The Thresher 03:33pm, 06/28/2012

    In terms of Ring Generalship and Effective Punching and Number of Punches Landed, Pac was way on top of things in my view. He dictated the pace and controlled the action to the point where I was rooting for a ko in Round 9. This decision will haunt boxing for years to come. It should be ruled a NC, though that’s not possible unless corruption is found. This appears to be a case of gross incompetence. BTW, Ford did the same thing the day after in New Mexico in the Holly Holm fight. Why this guy judges in beyond me when you have guys like Trella, Weisfeld, Feldman, and maybe the best of all, Joe Pasquale. Rax, are you feeling me on this?

  11. raxman 03:25pm, 06/28/2012

    ted - i’m not being truculent at all. unlike amateur boxing which (its own problems aside) judges a fight as a whole, pro boxing is all about the sum of its parts. i think pacquiao won 5 rounds in dominant fashion. and i think bradley won 5 rounds - only just, but i do think he won them. the other 2 rounds should’ve gone to pac but the fact they didnt in my opinion is strange, maybe even subjective in the manner of scoring - but i don’t see it as an outrage. and i don’t think it would be treated as an outrage if not for group think, and bandwagons, and single-mindedness, and the popularity and charisma of boxings most recognisable figure
    i watch that fight and i see pacquiao being credited by the hbo announcers and cheered by the crowd for punches that missed. i see a pacquiao, who’s reputation is as a pressure fighter, put his guard up and take minutes off in round after round. i see an injured bradley be allowed to recover when he should have been finished mid fight.
    pacquiao should blame himself not the judges because he obviously thought he could get the points fighting a third of the round - even the hbo cheerleaders commented on this - yet instead of criticizing him they commended him on being so good he could still win doing so.
    it was ridiculous.
    so either pacquiao was lazy and unconditioned and couldn’t fight for 3 per round - in which case he he should have expected he would lose some rounds; or, bradley’s body shots wore him down to the point that he couldn’t finish the fight strongly in which case he should lose some of the rounds

  12. The Thresher 03:12pm, 06/28/2012

    Rax, I watched it again (torture time) and I still had it 117-111.

  13. The Thresher 06:05am, 06/28/2012

    Rax, are you being truculent?

  14. raxman 06:51pm, 06/27/2012

    if i go that way I think its more that pacquiao lost than bradley won - but i can, at a pinch, score the fight 7-5 bradley - if i have too. but i think 7-5 paquiao if probably the right score. i can’t see anyone giving pac the last 3 rounds. and if thats right how can you not give bradley 2 of the first 9. i don’t remember how i scored the exact rounds but the first time i sat to watch it sound down and impartially look, i remember thinking that you can only give pac all of the first 3 rounds if you give them to him for landing punches in the last part of the rounds - ignoring anything bradley did up to that point. should body punches that are clearly having an affect not be scored?
    in that fight there were two occasions - i don’t remember that exact rounds but lets call them 5&7 - that pac hurt bradley but then the next rounds pac took his foot off the gas to the point that you can argue that bradley won the 6th and 8th (again i’m not sure of the exact rounds it may have been 4&6 that he hurt him etc)
    i think pac probably won the fight - and i think at stages in the fight he dominated and those rounds he won - in dominant fashion. but there were maybe 4 or those. the rest of the rounds you give to pac if you let him steal them with last minute action.
    and i’ll go back to the fact that people don’t score body shots - they recognise their power but don’t tend to give them credence when it comes to awarding rounds - i know they aren’t sexy but they do the job. it wasn’t lack of conditioning that caused pac to run out of petrol in the last quarter of the fight - it was the dozen of body shots he wore every round.

  15. The Thresher 06:19pm, 06/27/2012

    rax, are you telling me you think TB won?

  16. raxman 06:17pm, 06/27/2012

    ted - “he beat the shit out of bradley”- thats my issue; he could’ve, he should’ve, but he didnt. everytime he rocked bradley it was the end of the round (obviously he only fought aggressively the last minute) but instead of coming out and finishing bradley he let him off the hook. you can’t say at any time in that fight that bradley was hurt - rocked a couple of times by punches but as we knows its the follow up punches that do the damage - being hit again while you’re rocked from the first one. unlike many i never thougth pac would come out and ko bradley in the first few rounds i see pac, like mayweather, has reached the age and stage where they are no longer going to dominate with pure physical feats. like jordan going from dunker to jump(shot)er - i though pac would feel bradley out for a few and start to break him down from the 4th and finish him around the 7th or 8th - and i had money where my mouth was. and it kind of went that way only once pac seemed to break him down, he didnt finish him- he let him off.
    and although it wasn’t as obvious as delahoya running for 3 rounds it was just as self damaging.

  17. The Thresher 06:15pm, 06/27/2012

    “..., fifty of fifty-three boxing media members (many quite well known and respected) had the fight scored for Pacquiao. Of the three who had it for Bradley, two of them had Bradley winning by a mere point. Moreover, of the fifty pro-Pacquiao cards, only seven of them had Pacquiao winning by anything less than six points.
    “That means forty-three of the fifty-three participants (over eight-one percent!) had Pacquiao the clear winner by a seriously wide margin.That’s exactly the fight most everyone saw the first time.”

  18. The Thresher 06:00pm, 06/27/2012

    Rax, I did rewatch it and then scored it 117-111 instead of 119-111. I stand by my scoring.  I respect all viewpoints on who won—-all three of them. :)

    And btw, I have never been a great Pac fan because of his out-of-the ring bullshit, but he beat the shit of of Bradley. I know what I saw.

  19. raxman 05:47pm, 06/27/2012

    Just when i thought someone had written an article establishing that there were poor decisions long before this month… i got to the last paragraph - dress it up anyway you like but all of the boxing scribes i enjoy and who’s knowledge i admire cried longest and loudest over the pacquiao decision.
    for me it proves that like the casual fan, the experts have a biased admiration for pacquiao (and perhaps it is understandable given pacquiao has carried the sport the last 5 or so years) but this pacquio-bradley decision has elicited such an over the top emotional reaction - even from journalists who should be impartial - that i will never be convinced that any of them can rewatch the fight without those emotions clouding their eyes.

  20. The Thresher 04:59pm, 06/27/2012

    Mike, yes, I tried to space it as you said. Actually, there were an equal number of bad decisions involving non-US fighters—maybe the worse egregious involving Robin Reed vs, the German.

  21. The Thresher 04:57pm, 06/27/2012

    Don, Tex, what I have against Tito is that, while Oscar ran, Tito did not chase. I had the same shocking feeling in that one. There were about 12 people over at my house and we all were stunned. Unfuckingreal.

  22. The Thresher 04:55pm, 06/27/2012

    Audley, Yes, good buddy, we had a good time indeed. I remember you and Angel were outside because you already thought you “knew ” what the decision was as did I. Boy, were we surprised by the 2 blind mice!!!!!!!!

  23. Audley 10:17am, 06/27/2012

    So ironic Ted; because of some of the fights you mentioned, I had lost interest in boxing. You got me interested again, and then you invite me to your home to watch the Paquiao/Bradley “fight”, and lo and behold another disappointment. At least our scorecards were pretty close and the company and the beer was good!

  24. TEX HASSLER 08:09am, 06/27/2012

    The people that hurt the most from bad decisions are the fighters themselves. I know it is hard to judge a very close fight correctly but all the fights Ted mentioned were not close. Foreman vs Briggs was a robberly of the highest degree. Foreman, being the man he is, never complained but he got cheated.

  25. Don from Prov 06:33am, 06/27/2012

    As I have before, I’ll admit that I didn’t mind Oscar losing to Felix as De La Hoya so clearly ran in the last rounds, tried to say he was “boxing,” and then blamed it all on his soon-to-be-fired cornermen—who did tell him to box, not flee like some 3rd rate burglar caught breaking into a tenement…..

    That said, the decision did smell a bit.

  26. mikecasey 06:06am, 06/27/2012

    Ted’s timeline of choices here proves this stuff has been going on forever. I’ll never forget Johnny Boudreaux appearing out of nowhere in The Ring ratings, along with Pete Ashlock’s stable of fighters in Florida and assorted other strange goings-on. It seemed that Mike Colbert - win or lose - could never be shifted from the number one spot in the middleweights. Ditto Ray Lampkin at lightweight. And before all that, we had Frankie Carbo, Blinky Palermo and Jim Norris!

  27. The Thresher 05:58am, 06/27/2012

    Russ, you belong in the Hall oif Fame.

    By the way, one of the posters on here once beat Escalera, but I will not out him at his request.

  28. Russ Anber 06:22pm, 06/26/2012

    Hi Ted,

    As usual, a wonderfully articulate, enriching article. Please allow me to offer one more example which I am sure only you and a few others will remember. The night they robbed Tyrone Everett vs Alfredo Escalera!

    Very few can bring to light the past, in such brilliant fashion. You’re the undisputed champion Ted!

  29. pugknows 05:01pm, 06/26/2012

    (two judges perpetrated a dry gulch on the tough Texan.) Great line

  30. The Thresher 01:04pm, 06/26/2012

    nicolas, not sure race ever played a part in bad decisions but I never really thought about it. Maybe it did?

  31. nicolas 12:36pm, 06/26/2012

    Interesting article. I remember seeing the Ledoux fight, and even though I was rooting for him, I did not necessarily think the decision was so bad. However, the list of fights, and some other ones that people mention bring up a very interesting social point. A black lady friend of mine once said that if the fight was between a white fighter and a non-white fighter the white would be favored. This article shows that thinking is not true, though her logic would appear to be sound, as it would perhaps bring more people to want to watch boxing. .

  32. CharlieN 12:26pm, 06/26/2012

    If you look hard enough, there are plenty of these decisions to go around, but you hit the nail on the head with this “top ten list”. Some even I forgot, but this article brought back the memories of poor vision gone awry. Let’s see, football has in game replay now, where it was never before, baseball adapts to “homerun replay” if needed, soon to add the “fair or foul” rule replay maybe, I suggest score the fight the day after, and when the assigned judges get to view the replay 5 or 6 times. After all, there are titles at stake here. Dont forget, it wasn’t that long ago when refs scored fights, but it was taken out of their hands when it was dtermined that they cant keep a eye on the fighters health and score at the same time. The sport evolves every day.

  33. The Thresher 09:17am, 06/26/2012

    Thanks Pug

  34. pugknows 09:09am, 06/26/2012

    Ted, this should be sent to every boxing writer and boxing historian as you documented most of the really horrible decisions—and all in one article. Great piece of work if I do say so,

  35. The Thresher 08:05am, 06/26/2012

    dollarbond, it’s something worse. Think Gowanus Canal

  36. dollarbond 07:59am, 06/26/2012

    Man, some great information here.  Very riveting.  I devoured each and every word.  Good comic relief.  But tell me, what is a “sewer churning travesty?” (something bad down the toilet?)

  37. The Thresher 07:24am, 06/26/2012

    Thanks Michael. Oscar got stiffed in that one. As for the worse decision I ever saw, I might go with Briggs-Forman, but then “Just When You Think You’ve Seen Everything….”

  38. The Thresher 07:22am, 06/26/2012

    If I put every bad decison on here, the article would become a book. Speaking of Paulie Ayala, his second fight and win over Tapia was another stinker. So was Mosley’s over De La Hoya. There have been plenty but I kind of wanted to space them with a fast runup at the end because the more recent ones have really been terrible reflecting the senility of the same judges who did the earlier ones.

  39. The Thresher 07:19am, 06/26/2012

    Anyone who remembers Abe Simon is hardcore. He was great in On The Waterfront. “Definitely”

  40. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo 06:51am, 06/26/2012

    Has it been ever thus….Abe Simon down 4 times before being TKO’d in the fifth by Lem Franklin….five months later Abe is fighting Joe Louis for the title and getting stopped in six….never mind!

  41. Joe 06:47am, 06/26/2012

    Maybe a bit of a stretch but there are a couple DK fighters at the center of a couple bad decisions.  And he’s kinda / sorta out of the mix from my standpoint.

  42. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat saijo 06:31am, 06/26/2012

    Ted Sares-Thank goodness someone with your talent is paying attention….two things….Oscar was boxing’s cash cow for many years, what were they thinking by screwing over him the way they did in bouts that he clearly won and secondly, in my view the first Bones Adams/Paulie Ayala fight should be on your list.

  43. mike schmidt 05:27am, 06/26/2012

    Great article—what timing—I was working out last night watching Oscar’s fight with Tito-and I get up this morning and see your article. I forgot Gill Clancy was in the corner for Oscar—where does Oscar belong on the all-time greats—well he was certainly wayyyy past his prime and took Floyd to a split-decision (I thought he perhaps won that fight) and if you watch the first eight rounds of his fight with Tito he SCHOOLED A GREAT FIGHTER IN TITO—JUST SCHOOLED HIM—IT WAS A TERRIBLE DECISION. Thanks for a nice article—as for Scotty Ledoux—probably the worst decision I can recall

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