Let’s get something straight from the outset here, I did not expect a great few nights of boxing this past weekend. Actually, for the most part, I got what I expected as a lifelong boxing fan. I have seen my share of bad decisions and over-hyped events but it seems that is all we get these days, and quite frankly it is getting very old. Let us take a look and breakdown what transpired on Saturday.
A Robbery in Mexico
Like most fights these days one fighter was a huge favorite and the other fighter seemed to have no chance. Challenger Paul, WAIT I mean Dennis Hogan was a nondescript challenger for Mexican “sensation” Jaime Mungia, or so it seemed. Oscar DeLa Hoya seems to realize that Mungia has serious limitations as a boxer and has so far matched Mungia accordingly. Hogan, who is a soft puncher, seemed custom made to order for Mungia look good.
Not helping the debate any was the fact that the judges collectively weren’t quite sure what they witnessed in Jaime Munguia’s majority decision win over Dennis Hogan. Ohio’s Richard Levine scored the contest even at 114-114 but was overruled by scores of 115-113 and 116-112, turned in by Florida’s Rocky Young and New York’s Waleska Roldan. Roldan must have been smoking crack because there is no way Mungia won eight out of the twelve rounds.
Rounds 3, 4, 6 and 12 were all scored unanimously for Munguia, while rounds 8 and 10 were swept by Hogan, whose 12-round win over Jimmy Kilrain Kelly last April earned him the mandatory title shot. Yes, you read that right, Hogan got to be the mandatory contender by beating Jimmy Kilrain Kelly!
By the way, the aforementioned Roldan is the judge that had Horn beating Pacquiao 117-111 a few years ago, so she was already incompetent at best and on the take at worst. Now, I really can see the 114-114 score from Levine, but 116-112, no way! It was a close fight, but not a robbery. So you might ask why I say in the headline it was a robbery? The reason I call it a robbery is I think there is always at least one if not two judges bought and paid for! Hogan was at least partially defrauded of a fair shot. When I was growing up in the 70s and 80s I saw bad decisions, but now we see them all the time! Just about every single weekend.
Imagine this in any other sport. In this past Super bowl we watched the Patriots dominate the Rams and win 13-3. What if after that game we still did not know who won because three judges would let us know afterwards. Let’s say Oscar De La Hoya was the Commissioner of the NFL and the judges scored the game a draw and a rematch had been scheduled for June!
It is really sad that after the Hogan fight was over I immediately got three texts from well respected boxing people (our Editor-in-Chief Jeremiah Preisser being one of them) predicting that there was no way that Hogan was going to be able to get a decision. Then you see the ever-smiling Oscar DeLa Hoya enter the ring looking like he just stole something, and after the decision, you realize, HEY, he did steal something! Since Mungia is not very good and is not improving I expect the Golden Boy will try to keep Mungia safe until they can feed him to an opponent like Canelo.
Canelo and Jacobs will be fighting on PPV soon but going in we all know the only way “The Miracle Man” wins is to knock Canelo out! Plus, just like every undercard you see nowadays, all of those fights will be featuring up-and-comers fighting no-hope bartenders from Indiana. I am just saying boxing has always been my favorite sport but I can only watch so many +1500 underdogs before I stop caring, and I am starting to not give a crap.