Big Tyson Fury in Belfast vs Francesco Pianata

Big Tyson Fury, 26-0, 19 KO came out of hibernation for his fans in Manchester a couple months back, so here he returns to console and consolidate his Irish fans in Belfast against Francesco Pianeta, 35-4-1, 21 KO, currently ranked 140th on Boxrec, but a former title contender before taking some hard losses. That would be Saturday, August 18th @Windsor Park.

Fury Fun & Games

Fury Fun & Games

One would suppose Fury’s previous rust removing Sefer Seferi bout was training for a Tony Bellew sized fighter who is currently boxrec ranked 4th over the 5th ranked Fury. Pianati would be a practice against an Anthony Joshua sized fighter, currently the boxrec #1. Along with Joshua and Bellew, the three Brits dominate the top heavyweight rankings and are currently the three most popular English fighters in Britain, so Fury seems to have got his natural promotional wits about him in his heralded return.

Pianeta wouldn’t normally have much of a chance against Fury in the past, but here he could catch a lackadaisical, carefree Fury clowning around for for a big downing, so we shall see.

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Sergey Kovalev vs Eleider Alvarez in Atlantic City

Krusher Sergey Kovalev 32-2, 28 KO defends his WBO bauble against longtime Canadian lightheavy contender, Eleider Alvarez, 23-0, 11 KO @Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City this Saturday, August 8th.

Alvarez has fallen into the Montreal vacuum of boxing after his natural rival, Adonis Stevenson, avoided most every fight against legit contenders during his WBC run with the belt, a shameful stain on Canadian boxing and the WBC not to mention Stevenson himself, but of course this former pimp has proven throughout his career to be utterly shameless. The good news though is with Montreal being so close to Atlantic City, this fight has a feel of an easy regional commute with plenty of Alvarez’s Montreal fans showing up.

Have to figure Alvarez will be over matched here, but Kovalev is moving up in age, 35, and at least partially if not fully self trained these days though supposedly he hired a staff for this fight. Regardless, they still have to fight in the ring to prove their current mettle as boxing kicks the can down the road as they try to rebuild from their self created travesties marking a long decline in the public interest of boxing in spite of the general gameness of the fighters.

Enough already, let’s get it on!

Mikey Garcia vs Robert Easter Jr

This a traditional clash of undefeateds takes place Saturday, July 28th@Staples Center, Los Angeles with Mikey Garcia, 38-0, 30 KO looking to unify his WBC lightweight belt with the IBF belt held by Robert Easter Jr, who of course has his own plans for unification.

While this is a solid matchup of current champs willing to risk both their belts and undefeated records, facts are Mikey has looked like a million bucks in every one of his fights, whereas Easter, who in spite of looking tall and dangerous in the mold of a Thomas Hearns, has been looking quite fragile and vulnerable, needing at least a couple of questionable judging decisions to bump him down to this rocky landing.

Meanwhile, as great as Mikey has been looking, and as confident as he has been oozing in public, he may be making a mistake by overlooking this fight in anticipation of his welter debut against Errol Spence Jr, the most formidable monster currently serving time in the welter division. From my perspective from afar, that isn’t even a big fight in the risk vs reward assessment as neither fighter is known by the broader general public in this down cycle of boxing, so why bother with such a dangerous fight clearly out of your weight class?

All I know is Mikey better be ready for the best ever Easter who would be quite formidable enough if he ever got his act together, a relative Goliath in height and reach compared to Mikey. Dreams are a good thing for anyone, but they could quickly turn into a nightmare if not based on the realty of physics of boxing mixed up with the best laid plans of Mice and Men.

Everything could change on fight night the first time either gets hit on the jaw, but I’m going with Mikey here as he continues to move forward with admirable pace for any available big fights as an exceptionally well schooled, stellar P4P fighter extraordinaire in his era. Let’s do it gentlemen!

Mighty Joe Parker vs Dillian Whyte With Chisora vs Takam Too

The heavyweight clash between Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker has now officially sold out after final production holds were released this week. Whyte and Parker collide for the WBC Silver and WBO International heavyweight crowns this Saturday at the 20,000-seat O2 Arena in London.

Parker’s last fight against Boxing’s all everything Big Dog, Anthony Joshua, saw him lose his undefeated WBO champ status in a rather bland performance by both exacerbated by the Italian imported referee who refused to allow the big boys to fight, breaking up all their action.

The face first brawling Whyte has no such genteel notions as to adhere to instructions by a lowly ref and looks to muller pretty boy Parker anyway he can. Longtime top 20 contenders Derek Chisora fights Carlos Takam as the main supporting undercard, yet another all action heavyweight duke’em up.

I picked Parker and Takam in my predictor league, so it’s now up to my boys to prove my genius.

World Boxing Super Series Cruiser Final~Aleksandr Usyk vs Murat Gassiev

The World Boxing Super Series cruiser final between Oleksandr Usyk and Murat Gassiev got somewhat lost somewhere in the dying embers of boxing, but these big boys are definitely the top two cruisers currently fighting today. The battle takes place @Olimpiyskiy, Moscow the week after the World Cup Finals with Mother Russia being  the 24 year old Gassiev’s birth place. Such is a distinct officiating advantage for the Russian over the Ukrainian Usyk, the two countries currently involved in a low level war over territory that hopefully has entered into a diplomatic phase, the prize disputed being the stunningly beautiful Crimea.

Yeah, I know, the same ol’ folly of mankind ruining our paradise of this blue-green crown jewel that we live on, but on Saturday, July 21st in Moscow, we at least have more civil representatives of the combatant countries stripped down to the bare essentials for as close to a fair squabble as ever has existed in history.

Technically, Gassiev, 26-0, 19 KO has more experience and touted as the proverbial beast in this duke’em up, but at this highest level, the 31 year old Usyk, 14-0, 11 KOs holds more world class experience and touted as the arteest, bolstered by extensive Amateur credentials to make up for his delayed pro debut. It’s also his habit to visit the stronghold of his rivals as he does here to kick their tails.

Thus I’m picking the talent and intellect of Usyk to overcome his beastly hometown competitor. The four major trinkets, WBC, WBA, IBF, and WBO will consolidate for whomever wins the fight, ironically making it easier for those salacious organizations to strip their titles if the winner can’t immediately fight their separate mandatories.

Manny Pacquiao vs Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia!

Filipino Senator and Living Legend Manny Pacquiao challenges Argentinian slugger Lucas Martin Matthysse Sunday, July 15@Axiata ArenaKuala LumpurMalaysia for the World Boxing Association World Welterweight Title

Though the official date of the fight is Sunday, July 15th early AM Malaysian time, it will be July 14th by at 9 PM Eastern Standard Time that New York operates on. That translates to 6 PM Los Angeles time. I’d imagine the fight will be broadcast internationally, but in the US will be put on by ESPN+ on some kind of web app that can be purchased from their main website.

Hard to know where to start with this fight since Manny has at least temporarily flown the loving nest of Bob Arum to stage this event under Manny’s own promotional banner with an assist from Golden Boy who promotes Matthysse. From the start it has been problematic to raise the money needed, but supposedly the money end has finally been settled, so here we land in a Malaysian crossroads type of fight. Presumably their political strife will presumably be put on hold for the honor of hosting a Manny fight. Manny has also departed from long time mentor, Freddie Roach, after some sort of acrimonious fallout from the regrettable Jeff Horn fight that never should’ve been staged in Australia by Uncle Bob. Oh, well, here we go again in Manny’s fightcom with a new cast of characters, yet longtime boyhood pal and confidant Buboy will be his trainer though I’ve no doubt a few name trainers flew over to the Philippines for brief private consultations.

Manny enters into his 40th year in December and currently 59-7-2, 38 KO. Matthysse is coming into his 36th year in September and currently 39-4, 36 KO, so we can see at least on paper he’s the slugger in this match up with plenty of experience. And like Manny, he’s been royally shafted by the boxing suits for some losses, and since both are aggressive fighters, it should be fan friendly with plenty of action.

Undercard has an interesting bout between two light flys scrapping over the much derided WBA belt that Venzuelean, Carlos Canizales, 20-0-1, 16 KO won in March. Bin Lu, 1-0, 1 KO, a Chinese Olympian from the 2016 Olympics aims to be the quickest to earn a title belt, a silly little record boxing likes to make up to sell to their shrinking fan base, but presumably still growing in China that may well become one of boxing’s capital destinations. Canizales only merits a 16th rating on boxrec with Lu worth a 110th ranking after knocking out a developing journeyman for his debut that mysteriously qualifies him for this title challenge.

Just DUMB, yet no other sport does DUMB with so much eloquent sanctimony as does boxing. Pacquiao, on the other hand, may find himself in a major league scrap as Matthysse is a slugger supreme with a good chin. He’s made a successful comeback from eye surgery thus far, so obviously he’s the hungrier, more unrealized fighter even if Manny is the favorite, but not prohibitively so. I’m picking Manny who still amazingly has his reflexes and fighting instincts after such a long career. Should be a great showcase for boxing if a fair and judicious referee can be found, sadly not a given in boxing.

 

The 6-9 Tyson Fury Emerges From Hibernation vs Sefer Seferi?

The considerably self maligned and self abused Tyson Fury makes his return to boxing after his self imposed 3 year hibernation this Saturday, June 9th @ Manchester Arena (formerly M.E.N Arena), Manchester to defend his Gypsy honor and “Lineal” heavyweight title against a 39 year old Albanian listed on Boxrec as the 2nd rated Albanian cruiserweight, Sefer Seferi.

Yes, Virginia, there really is a Santa Claus, and also a Tyson Fury as you can see here:

Before seizing the unified heavy title from future record setting HOFer Wlad Klitschko in the pink of condition and fight ready at 260 lbs.

Fit and ready to FIGHT!


First title fight and he’s Fit and ready to FIGHT!
Aftermath is time for SANTA EATS and EATS and Pies and Kebabs and Boars and ready to ROLY POLY PUDDIN’N PIE @ 360 lbs GOBBLE GOBBLE GOBBLE YUM YUM YUM!

twitter javascript:; @anthony_joshua boring hay! We see who is boring when U face me! A big bully is what you are u big dosser. Big femi your bully street name. I’ve seen your type many times. The man who can’t speak his own mind, the plastic Nigerian 🇳🇬 I’m more Nigerian than you! I’ll fly the flag for Nigeria when we fight. GYPSY MAN. Represents the world 🌎. Ali had words for a man like you, they were Uncle Tom.

Ahem, returning to a sense of decorum, Seferi is being dismissed as a cruiserweight who lost his last fight to the now WBA “Regular” champ Manuel Charr, but make no mistake folks, I reviewed that fight. This the 2nd ranked Boxrec Albanian dwarfed by modern heavies used ring movement and fast aggressive flurries to burn the Charr off Charr who simply got whooped badly. Thing is Seri is a nobody in boxing and there’s more money to be made propping up Charr, so there it is, the dirty underbelly of boxing.

The 6-9 Fury dwarfs modern heavies, so the fight has that comic ridiculous aspect to it, and it remains to be seen if Fury has enough skills left to catch up with this quick little ethereal waterbug, so the potential for Fury looking like a clumsy oaf is there waiting.

I predict Fury is looking for a nice, really fast handed, fleet footed spar and will adopt that early motivation, however, after running through a few gears and shaking off cobwebs, he lowers the proverbial (((BOOM))) Then we’ll be graced with more of the live action Tyson Fury juggernaut as he moves towards his big Anthony Joshua rumble in Merry Aulde England for both a King’s and a Queen’s ransom.

Terence Crawford Debut @Welter vs WBO Champ Jeff Horn

 

Terence Crawford in his full Welter debut will challenge the new Aussie WBO champ Jeff Horn for his title @ MGM GrandLas VegasNevada. That would be June 9th this Saturday.

Omaha vs Oz

Omaha vs Oz

Horn in a unique position of being extraordinarily highly ranked by dint of an extraordinarily dubious decision over Manny Pacquiao in down under topsy turvy land of Oz, so now he takes on a top 5 Ring and Boxrec rated P4Per in Crawford. He’s a big strong, exceedingly awkward lad being trained in a unique “Broken Rhythm” style that traditional boxers have difficulty in solving. He’s a taught fighter in the mold of Gene Tunney who was not a natural fighter like a Dempsey or Louis who only needed grooming. He’s a school teacher for crimony’s sake made good and national Aussie hero, but here he lands in the Oasis of Officiating Oafery, that of  Vegas whose transgressions are legion in history.

Not that the exceedingly talented Crawford really needs such help. Horn looks much like a lamb led to slaughter with Bud having a completely different style from Pacquiao who quickly solved Horn and delivered a beating only to lose a laughable decision. When Horn looks to impose himself, Bud will be boxing and sharp shooting on the back foot as he assesses the bigger, stronger, fighter. It may be sooner, or it may be later, but I figure Bud to finish what Manny came within a split hair of finishing, a knock out of undefeated Horn.

Regardless of which fighter wins in this Omaha vs Oz confrontation, guaranteed the winner will supplant long time P4P #1 Canelo Alvarez on Boxrec, a win, win for his critics. Welcome to boxing 2018 style…only in boxing!

 

Bobby Mac Updates the Scoring of Ken Norton vs Larry Holmes

OK now, we will be running smack dab into the 40th anniversary of the WBC title defense by Kenny Norton against Larry Holmes this June 9th, 1978, oddly coinciding with the date of the Holmes vs Gerrie Cooney fight 4 years later that you can review here:

https://roberto00.wordpress.com/2018/06/01/bobby-mac-updates-the-larry-holmes-vs-gerrie-cooney-rd-by-rd-scoring/

Holmes vs Norton was a showcase of different stylistic skills clashing in a good fight, but perhaps not a great fight in that neither fighter was hurt badly though Holmes got hit flush with a perfect right hand shocker and Norton sustained a minor cut over his left eye. Without revealing the result that most boxing fans already know, I will suspend that result for now so that new fight fans may judge for themselves by my round by round description with my final score and analysis of the fight and official scores.

The fight was held @ Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the premium fight venue of the day. What happened to fights at Caesars? I can’t recall the last fight there, probably in the 90s. This fight was held in an indoor, climate controlled venue with the crowd cheering the entrance of both fighters, belying that Norton was a popular icon by then and Holmes relatively unknown. The fans were a happy bunch probably because of good ticket prices additionally padded out by freebies. OK, a sad disclaimer to the broadcast that I listened to was announced by Fat Bob Sheridan still early in his career, and he did not disappoint my expectations, nary a single moment of silence, presumably during the whole of the broadcast. I say presumably, because as much as I wanted, indeed needed to listen to the resounding acoustics of flush punches landing that add much insight into how momentum shifts in a good fight, they sadly become background noise to the nonstop blast of irrelevant garbage dumps of verbiage that Sheridan became well noted for, so I was forced to mute him early to concentrate on the fight.

Before I shut him down, Fat Bob did make himself useful in coming up with a little jewel I knew nothing about. Norton was obviously the substantial betting favorite, but the last few days saw a surge of betting on Holmes who had yet to beat a top 10 fighter as Norton was. All that really needs to be added was that, cough, cough, YES Virginia, you were right! Don King was the promoter.

Mills Lane was the referee who saw little action since the fight was fought almost entirely within the rules with few clinches. Watching Norton warm up was like watching an Olympic decathlete champ that by potential he could have been but for the fates shifting his life to boxing where he made much acclaim. He placed 2nd as I recall in the early Superstars athletic competition ostensibly designed to measure overall athletic ability against a Who’s Who list competitors drawn from a dozen professional sports. Well done Kenny!

Rd 1: 10-10 Even/ Norton opens with the first punch, a jab and spars/jabs with Holmes in reverse jabbing. They pic some shots and exchange a few shots working their defenses for all they could. Good opening round with plenty of action even if nothing was of a telling nature.

Rd 2: 10-9 Holmes/ Norton jab and spar. Holmes pic shots and jab and then Right. Norton with body shots and Holmes in reverse. This moment would prove to be the overriding theme of the fight. SHUT UP FAT BOB SHERIDAN-this the moment I muted the fool. Shame that but it had to be done or I would’ve put my fist through the screen and done it manually.

Rd 3: 10-10 Even/ Some opening back and forth exchanges. Good pace, but both pic now. Big Norton Left to the body.

Rd 4: 10-9 Norton/ Norton with 1-2. Holmes in reverse while jibberjabbing flickers. Norton slip Holmes’ punches to land a beautiful counter left. Both pic now with some exchanges with Norton hooking Holmes. Even fight on my cards thus far with not much between the fighters to chose from.

Rd 5: 10-9 Norton/ Both pic shots. Norton Left to body, then Right and Big Right causing Holmes to clinch. Norton Right, a very busy fight at distance. Norton slow combination lands and Holmes in reverse dancing.

Rd 6: 10-9 Norton/ Holmes starts in reverse while Norton is very busy. Norton Left and then big flurry and more, cutting the ring off and taking it to Holmes. Nobody hurt yet, but Holmes dances around firing empty jabs to cater to the crowd and judges in his Ali imitation. Best round so far and all Norton.

Rd 7: 10-9 Norton/ Norton press forward jabbing. Good stuff and then Right/Left to body. Holmes dance. WTF? How can you win a fight just dancing and prancing around? Holmes nothing while Norton is steady to his body. No sharpness in Holmes at all.

Rd 8: 10-9 Norton/ Exchange favors Holmes, but Norton presses to send Holmes on the run. Norton solid work exchanging with Holmes against the ropes.

Rd 9: 10-9 Norton/ Norton pressing with Holmes in reverse, near most of the fight thus far. Both pic shots, but big Norton Right clearly shakes Holmes, and then another. Holmes forced into a fight.

Rd 10: 10-9 Norton/ Odd that the rest periods always show Norton in his corner, I’d gather because nobody knows Holmes, so what fans would want to bother with him? Holmes dancing and flickering while Norton landing solid shots. Holmes runs while Norton steady shots as she goes.

Rd 11: 10-9 Norton/ Norton with minor cut over Left eye, no biggie. Holmes pic his jab as Norton steadily presses. Norton Left/Right hooks. Holmes runs and dances. What the fight is showing thus far is that Norton has the Ali style down pat. Holmes to the ropes as Norton straffs.

Rd 12: 10-9 Norton/ Norton has proved to keep a good pace and in great shape. Holmes jabs, but Norton with solid attack to put Holmes on the run. Norton big rights. Holmes still game, but no arsenal to fight back with. Norton in control of the ship, steady as she goes captain.

Rd 13: 10-9 Holmes/ Norton press while Holmes game, but in reverse with empty exchange. Holmes Right and another. Good exchange now with Norton coming back, but Holmes really lets loose, yet Norton continues to pressure him. Holmes best round and maybe the overall best round of the fight thus far.

Rd 14: 10-9 Norton/ Holmes pic shots as both look tired now. Good exchange favors Norton with Holmes in reverse. Norton steady work. Now teeing off as Holmes looks drunked out. Could almest be scored a 10-8 round for Norton, but they both started very tired.

Rd 15: 10-9 Norton/ Touch gloves as is tradition for the last round. Norton Right and then another and stays busy. Holmes Right, but in reverse. Norton traps Holmes on the ropes. Holmes game with a good chin and offers up flurry, but Norton still punching away.

Final bell tolls, so I turn the volume back up to hear Fat Bob say the fight is too close to call. Hah, not on my cards. Fat Bob also says Holmes camp is in celebration proves they think they won. Ah so, not so fast Fat Bob. Ever consider the Holmes camp is celebrating that he survived a fight he was clearly getting pummeled in? Norton in the more professional camp shows no distress at all. Real pros don’t celebrate premature wins though perhaps that has changed for the worse, that of needing to put on a cheap show of bravado for the judges, and whoever wins that contest wins the fight as opposed to the actual judging of the fight.

Official scores Holmes 143-142 x 2 and Norton 143-142, a single spare point split decision win for Holmes out of the total of 855 total points cast by the 3 judges, or a 0.0012 % margin of victory if you want to contemplate the utter ridiculousness of the fight business’ 10 point must system.

My scores by rounds were Norton 11-Holmes 2-Even 2 that tranlates by 10 must math into 148 for Norton and 139 for Holmes, a wide win for Norton. Now if I allow my Even rounds to be for Holmes that I use to better understand the duplicity of boxing and the usual disputes that this fight generated since Norton official won over 1 of the 3 total judges, that gives a closer fight, 146 for Norton and 141 for Holmes. Why am I so off by the official scores you might ask? I refer you to the big late money surge on Holmes, something that is always suspicious by bookies, often causing them to stop taking money on bets to insure that if a fight is fixed, they don’t take too bad a financial loss. Boxing as a shady business is what it is with Don King the former numbers runner for the mob and convicted murderer more or less running, or ruining that era of boxing as some might further claim.

There was no big money rematch that the public clamored for. Instead Don King spewed out his usual nonsensical non sequiturs of grandiosity. When push finally came to shove, King instead pulled his bait and switch to serve up the public the tasty farce of Alfredo Evangelista, probably due to Norton seriously tearing Holmes up in their fight requiring surgery and rehabilitation, a torn bicep ominously being mentioned, likely why Holmes spent so much time on the run.

Norton’s purse was $2.3 million and Holmes’ was a paltry $300,000 that reflected his relative nonexistence in the fight biz of his previous 7 years as Muhammad Ali’s apprentice. I keep hearing how it was a great fight, but there wasn’t much ebb and flow from round to round. The much older and more shopworn Norton kept steady pressure on the younger, fresher Holmes to put him in reverse for a large majority of the fight when Holmes was not dancing like some kind of tamed bear at a circus. Hay-Ho, maybe that’s just stubborn ol’ me afflicted by my traditional diehard boxing oversight I grew up in, the only reason I took up writing to begin with.

The fighters and the fans weren’t always getting a fair shake, so I meant to document boxing from a brief insider point of view voluntarily moving to outsider’s point of view since the mainstream boxing media wouldn’t, or more probably couldn’t much like the tabloid mainstream press of today. In this example on the official cards, I feel Norton was robbed, not only of his title, but most certainly of his deserved lucrative rematch that the public clamored for…only in boxing folks.

 

Bobby Mac Updates the Larry Holmes vs Gerrie Cooney Rd by Rd Scoring

Folks, there is no great milestone imperative here, but in 11 days we are coming up on the 36th year anniversary of Larry Holmes vs Gerrie Cooney on June 11th, 1982, so why am I bothering with this article you might ask?

Well, to cut to the chase, I was challenged to provide my scoring on a boxing forum after I noted the official scores at the time of the Holmes stoppage of Cooney showed that Holmes had been out boxed on the cards, only saved by the late low blow histrionics of Cooney as he fatigued in a grueling fight far beyond his previous experience.

Yeah, I know. Heresy to the usual non-engaged, historically uninformed suspects, so I took up the challenge to further the development my scoring improvements of the regretable 10 point must system that was birthed in the complete non transparency of the crooked fight biz.

I must also confess to being game to review what I remembered had been a good fight of natural rivals back in the day, only this time score it according to modern updated rules massaged with my own little changes that allows me to see the source of most every controversial scoring decision in boxing, and I was not disappointed. The fight was a great one of traditional boxing give and take of two game fighters, and my scoring uncovered the perception I had ascertained from the official scores. Boxing is the only of what used to be a major sport with incomprehensible officiating, so if it is to survive without going underground in today’s market, which is how the various MMA franchises started, it has to become transparently removed from the incoherency of smoke and mirrors and various fogs of current deceptions that have driven away boxing’s loyal aficionados. And since boxing’s demographic is aging, boxing simply ain’t replacing the dying numbers with a new young cadre of fans.

Because of the racist Great White Hope promotional overtones of Don King, a convicted murderous felon who was the primary instigator of this fight, that and too many other crooked hijinks eventually led mainstream TV to abandon their weekly boxing format. The FBI had snipers stationed on every surrounding rooftop in case of trouble between black and white nationalists bolstered by what,  triple  or quadruple security? Never a good thing for a fighter to be backed by the KKK, so Cooney had a lot of strikes against him before ever entering the ring, not the least of which was over two years of virtual inactivity as many have noted in a still budding career.

A still young Larry Merchant intones the fight is racial, not racist, and uses his cohost, the then still shiny, blemish free, Olympic Gold Medalist Sugar Ray Leonard as his fulcrum to that point. Youngish Mills Lane is the ref looking teensy, but hey ho, years later he thumped Bernard Popkins out of the ring to bust his ankle to make him squall like a slapped schoolgirl, so Mills had some gravitas.

Note: I score fights using modern scoring of the highly belabored 10 point must system of padded out nonsensical points making fights look like basketball scores instead of the single point, round by round deductions that they really are. Since every other big fight is disputed results because of the lack of transparency and integrity of boxing, I mean sometimes these clowns can’t even add up their own scores, I add my own modification of scoring really close rounds EVEN. All other sports record “Even” periods of non-scoring  of the competition, and I have found that in most all disputed fight scoring, the disputed winner is usually the hometown/money fighter winning by the even rounds I score. That explains the perception that the other fighter actually won because he won most of the “big” obvious rounds, whereas the actual winner won all the dinky “even” rounds for a dinky disputed win…only in boxing!

RD1- 10-10 Even/ Spar to start. Lar busy with nonthreatening jab as Cooney feints and stalks. A booming right to the body knocks Lar into the ropes, the first KnockDown under modern rules, but I’m not scoring KDs into the ropes because modern refs are so subjective about it, and back in the day it wasn’t a rule. Cooney some thudding Left hooks to the body as Holmes sharpens his jab, a typical feeling out round on the way to a great fight that we hope for.

RD2- 10-8 for Lar/ Lar dance and jab. A Cooney LHK to body and some 1-2s with booming Left to finish. Lar still busy with jab, but a flashing Right KDs Cooney in a sorta of Ali’s KD of the spiraling Foreman in Zaire. Cooney quickly up but soon reeling into ropes as the round ends. Certainly not the early finish Cooney is used to.

Note: they didn’t score 10-8 automatic KD rds back in the day. This my modern addition to better understand outcomes of classic fights since knockdowns have always influenced judging that might include bleed over to subsequent rounds.

RD3- 10-9 for Cooney/ Cooney busy with Lefts as Lar jabs in reverse. Cooney pics more clean power shots. Good comeback from the KD.

RD4- 10-9 Cooney/ Lar still in reverse as Cooney pics. Lar Left and big Cooney LHK to body and then jabs with combo at bell

Left Hook via Air Mail

Left Hook via Air Mail

RD5-10-9 Cooney/ Lar flicker jab in reverse as Cooney drives him further back and busy. Cooney R to body before exchanging with Cooney L to body as Lar dance and jab.

RD6- 10-9 Lar/ Lar on move jabbing. Big Cooney R and jabs well to move Lar in reverse jabbing. Announcer Tomkins says both are hurt now and I agree. Exchange and now Cooney really hurt, but the bell sounds.

RD7- 10-9 Cooney/ Lar jabs as Cooney combos Lar in reverse. Cooney a cut Left eye, but goes to town on Lar.

RD8- 10-9 Cooney/ Exchange jabs. Cooney LHK body as Lar in reverse. Cooney L body and then combo, but then Lar combo in the back and forth. Cooney Rights and then Lar attack causes Cooney to spit his gumshield, I’d guess to breath better. Exchange ends with Lar in reverse gear. It was speculated in advance that Cooney didn’t really know how to fight or box, but he seemed to relish the action of his first true professional fight he was in after notching all those blowouts.

Sometimes guys just want to have fun

Sometimes guys just want to have fun

RD9- 10-9 Cooney/ Cooney stalks Lar who jabs in reverse. Cooney Left to body and Lar Right. Cooney combo then Right/Left to body. Lar Right and another Cooney Combo. Cooney deliberate low Left uppercut and time called. I found out later Mills may have deducted a point, but it wasn’t obvious and none of the announcers mentioned it in the moment, so I end up deducting those low blows at the end of the fight. At least one replay shows Lar pulling Cooney’s head down which might explain at least one of the final tally of 3 low blow deductions. A fighter should not be deducted when his opponent deliberately pulls him down to result in a low blow, that’s bad defense anyway you cut it, but it happens all the time in boxing who can never keep their rules straight but for the odd cleanly fought bout which this mostly was save for the low blows.

Rd10- 10-9 Cooney/ Lar jab and 1-2. Cooney Left at beltline, then a Right. Who ever said Cooney was one handed? They lied big time! Now Lar hurt and tired as Cooney pics shots. Big Exchange and Lar in reverse at the bell as usual.

RD11- 9-9 Even/ Cooney deducted for low blow, the only obvious deduction by Mills. Lar in reverse recovery as Cooney drives him back. Lar Right but then Ref warns Cooney for low blow seemingly on the beltline, another deduction? Hard to say. Both pic at each other to finish, but Cooney shots more telling and booming.

Rd12- 10-10 Even/ Lar dance and attack. Cooney with Left as both pic at each other. Lar gets busy to mix up some punches. but big Cooney L and then body combo to close.

RD13- Cooney trainer Vic Valle says rough Lar up when the round starts. Outside temperature has dropped from 100F to 89F, and surprisingly Cooney has thus far remained fresh well past where he has ever been before. Exchange and then Cooney Left knocks Lar off and then body combo. Good stuff, but then Lar Right and then more Rights before opening up on Cooney who is trying to exchange, but is now hitting the legendary “Wall” dreaded in long distance track events when your body starts to fail in fatigue. He falls clumsily back, sagging into the ropes as Mills stops fight to mixed cheers.

Both give kudos to the other in a seeming acknowledgement of their great fight waged. Amazingly there is no apparent racial animosity within the arena that I could detect, but of course if a fight breaks out in the seats the networks aren’t going to cover it because they are usually quickly broken up. It was a proud night for the common folks in America to witness such a polarizing event so successfully pulled off with no ill feelings afterwards.

My tallied score by rounds with only the one point deduction is Cooney 7-Lar 2 with Even 3. That translates to 116-112 for Cooney at the stoppage. Now if I deduct the two low blows I missed, it’s 114-112 for Cooney. Now, if I give Holmes the 2 of my hometown even rounds, remember my 3rd even round Cooney would have won but for a low blow deduction that was easily apparent, OK, it gets a little complicated here, but I believe my math sound, it’s 112-112 for a draw, only needing to move a single point on the abacus of their ledger to match the two of the official cards of 111-113.

Viola! I’ll take no stick whatsoever for my scoring and my observation that Holmes needed those legitimate low blow deductions to win the fight if it went to a decision. In regards to the low blow strategy of Cooney, I would think the first and most obviously deliberate low blow was probably instruction to Cooney by Valle in what was turning into the toughest fight Cooney ever fought. The later low blows seemed more beltline subjective ref calls. Big George later finished Cooney off post haste as a point of comparison…just rubbin’ it Lar, just rubbin’ it in for some good sport!!

C’est la vie d’un boxeur…