Quijano: Don’t sing it, bring it

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By Jingo Quijano

Last Round

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


AND just like that, another boxing controversy is upon us. Last Sunday, Saul Alvarez scored a disputed split decision victory over Erislandy Lara with scores of 117-111, 115-113, 113-115.

Lara was ahead in the first half of the fight, but Alvarez slowly turned up the heat in the second. He landed the bigger more powerful shots while Lara was more active and land more punches.

Again, it all comes down to which school of thought you subscribe to. Did you prefer Lara’s slick boxing ability or were you partial to Alvarez’ aggression and feral approach?

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THE FIGHT. In my last column, I shared that I haven’t forgiven Alvarez for his tepid, subdued performance against Floyd Mayweather Jr. and for the first few rounds, I was again disappointed that he was at it again.

He was wrong to think he could outbox Mayweather when he should have just bull-rushed him and unloaded. I felt validated a few months later when Marcos Maidana showed how it was done and came very close to unseating the sport’s pound for pound best.

Against Lara, Canelo attempted the same approach and Lara made him pay early with his slick counters.

But by the middle rounds, Lara appeared to slow down and Alvarez managed to land several hard shots to the body.

The pattern repeated itself for the rest of the fight, with Lara using his footwork to avoid any sustained contact and landing with jabs and left straights while Alvarez chased him around and landed body shots and combinations whenever his quarry got within range.

MY TAKE. Lara has been mouthing off to the media how he got robbed and how there was no way Canelo deserved to win that fight.

I thought Lara should have won that too and I had him ahead by two points, although by no means was he a runaway winner with so many close rounds that were difficult to score.

If you want an example of a clear, convincing victory over Alvarez, then you only have to invoke how Mayweather fought and defused him.

I disagree with Lara’s pronouncement that a robbery was on hand, as it was a closely fought match that could have been scored either way, depending on your appreciation of fighting styles.

Once again, it’s the bull vs. matador conundrum and the controversy is almost pre-ordained.

We saw this a few months ago with Maidana vs. Mayweather. But at least in that fight, Mayweather stayed in the pocket more than Lara.

It was on display again when Chris Algiere narrowly outpointed Ruslan Provodnikov. The latter was disappointed since he came so close to knocking out Algiere.

Though I am with Lara as far as the verdict is concerned, I cannot sympathize with him when he alleges that it was attended with corruption, sans any proof.

More importantly, with the way he challenged his way to get this fight- gate crashing Alvarez in the Angulo post-fight press conference- plus all the trash talk in the fight build-up, you would have expected a more spirited effort from him on top of the ring.

Granted, that’s his boxing style and you can’t change the way he is. But then again, my sympathies are my prerogative too, and in this case, he doesn’t have mine.

Lara, I thought you won too. But stop complaining already. Next time, don’t leave it to the judges. Manny Pacquiao didn’t cry this much when he lost to Timothy Bradley.

All the energy used up in whining about the decision would have been put to better use on top of the ring against Alvarez. Next time around, bring it. Don’t sing it.

ALGIERI? Speaking of Algiere, it looks like he will be the lucky dance partner of Manny Pacquiao for the reserved date in Macau on November 22.

As early as April, I had been looking forward to going back to Macua to watch Pacquiao fight again, but I’m having second thoughts if Algieri will be his opponent.

Seriously, who was Algiere before he narrowly outpointed Provodnikov?

Come to think of it, at this stage of his career Manny needs the biggest fights available.

He needs to be in Las Vegas, fighting either Mayweather or Juan Manuel Marquez.
Algiere? In Macau? Tsk.. tsk..tsk..

LAST ROUND. It’s on Princess Kathleen de Jesus for her successful launch of the most delicious lechon manok in town, Chicknok. Cheers!

(jingo_quijano@yahoo.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 16, 2014.

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