This was not the biggest one sided robbery I have witnessed in the sport of boxing, but I firmly feel that this bout was a fit up.
I am a fan of the sweet science over pressure/come forward fighters. I have always appreciated brain/skills/ability over brawn/balls/desire to win. Is this why I see things the way I do? Would a fan of the pressure/come forward fighter be the opposite?
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez was the house fighter, Erislandy Lara was not.
For me, how can you score rounds for Alvarez when the majority of the time, the Mexican was hitting nothing but gloves and arms? Alvarez landed some good shots to the body throughout the fight, but does that win you rounds? A few shots to the body here and there and one or two head shots does not win a fight for me at all.
Whatever happened to hit and don’t get hit? Boxing is ‘The Sweet Science’ not the ‘sweet run after you and hit nothing and be the house fighter to get the bout with Cotto to line Golden Boys pockets a bit more’
By what most people are saying, the likes of Ali, Leonard, Mayweather, Jones, Whitaker all the slick, smart fighters are ‘Runners’ — what the hell is going on with this sport? Just showing more aggression does not win you a fight. I could be a boxer at the top level with those so called skills, easily.
All professional boxing matches are scored according to the following criteria:
Clean punching – punches that land on areas of the body that can be scored (front and side of the head, the front and side of the torso. Arms don’t count). These blows are given merit based on how evident they are, that cause perceptible damage, and are not muffled or deflected by the opponent.
Effective aggression – intrusive behavior, designed to impose your will/get a desired response from an opponent.
Ring generalship – use of and control of the ring to neutralize the opponents ability/advantages, and to control the rhythm of the fight to suit one’s purpose.
Defense – employing any legal methods which nullify the opponent’s ability to land punches.
With those four categories in mind, how does Canelo win the fight? I can understand a round or two here or there, this way or the other. A round or two swing can happen in boxing, depending on what you, the individual are seeing taking place with your own two eyes.
117-111 – I don’t even want to suggest that score is dubious, do I really need too?
The next big money spinning fight for Oscar DeLa Hoya and his Golden Boy Promotions company is Alvarez vs. Cotto. Erislandy Lara would have had to have scored a KO over Canelo to have any chance of winning and even then, they would probably force the rematch and try to get the Alvarez vs. Cotto windfall by fair means or foul.
I had the fight even going into the ninth round and I gave Lara 3 of the final four rounds. I don’t have my scorecard because I don’t need it, I know what I have seen.
Tell me this, if Alvarez was winning the fight, then why did he come out in the final round all guns blazing like he had to win that round to have any chance or possibly force the stoppage, to actually get the nod?
Boxing – sometimes it really drives me mental. Open your eyes people.