Quijano: Boxing is so much more than 2 myopic judges-A A +A
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
IT’S time to move on, folks. Despite the so-called investigation being conducted, I’ll be pragmatic about it and candidly opine that what’s done cannot be undone.
Sans any empirical proof of any payout that transpired, you are left with sheer unbridled incompetence.
But even that wouldn’t fly. Since it was a split verdict and Bradley only had a two-point edge on the scores turned in by Duane Ford and CJ Ross, these judges will probably get no more than a warning or a fine, at best.
I know it’s tough, but even Manny himself wants to move on. And with that, I heard that Juan Manuel Marquez is now on the radar.
Let the investigation continue in the hopes of introducing much needed reforms for boxing, but in the meantime, boxing trudges on.
Not to sound insouciant about it, but the sport is much more than two, myopic judges.
JC JR. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Andy Lee last Sunday provided a soothing salve to the black eye that the dubious Bradley win gave to the sport.
This one was a good tough scrap and wasn’t even controversial as Chavez Jr. didn’t allow it to be adjudicated by another set of three blind mice, to quote bellicose Bob Arum.
THE FIGHT. The taller Andy Lee started off strong behind a lashing jab and a thudding left straight behind it.
Chavez seemed tight and couldn’t get untracked in the first round and Lee easily won it via his superior output.
In the second, Lee shaded it with has fast jabs and consistency, but Chavez tagged him with several strong rights.
The third round was where Chavez started to take over the fight. He got in some wicked digs to the body and Lee started to hold his ground and engage in some two way action, much to the chagrin of his corner.
The fourth and the fifth rounds saw Chavez continuing to punish Lee with some serious leather and Lee at times seemed to be a deer trapped in headlights.
In the sixth, Lee managed to land some solid counters but Chavez just walked through them and motioned for his spent opponent to bring it on.
In the seventh round, Chavez managed to trap Lee along the ropes and unleashed a combination that had the brave Irishman sagging. The ref waived it off and Lee didn’t murmur a word of protest.
EXPECTATIONS. I had expected Lee to do a lot better, considering that potentially, he appeared to possess the style to trouble Jr. He was taller, and boxed well from a southpaw stance.
However, Chavez’s power proved to nullify all that Lee could offer. He was also the bigger, stronger fighter in there as he reportedly came into the ring as a light heavyweight already.
That hale, vigorous physique will serve him well and his prodigious strength will make him a force to reckon with at the middleweight division.
Just as long as stays disciplined and focused. Remember that JC Jr. recently struck a plea with prosecutors on a DUI charge just a few months ago.
IBP HOOPS. Congratulations to the Super-Idols for wining the latest installment of our IBP Basketball Tournament.
The Idols banked on the impressive performances of center Fermin Pepito and swingman Benjo Macion to offset the spirited and inspired play of the Companeros team.
Coach Bong Pepito is wearing a wide grin on his face nowadays, especially since the traditional post victory party will push through on June 29 at Parkmall. See you there guys!
HE SAID IT. “What I personally saw that night is that the first six rounds, clearly Pacquiao was the winner.”
-Boxing judge Duane Ford who scored the fight 7 rounds to 5 for Bradley
LAST ROUND. It’s on Mama Alma G. Navarro who celebrates her birthday today. Cheers!
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 20, 2012.