After Spike’s demolition of Anthony Fitzgerald, the company he has shared a ring with, and with a 99 per cent success rate I would pay to see it and if it was in Dublin – a few thousand others would to.
I also read with interest Nigel Collins’ column. He was talking about Floyd Mayweather Jnr and Jose Luis Castillo in their 2002 fight when he says the three judges gave unrealistic scores of 116-111, and 115-111 twice. He goes on to validate his point by referencing Compubox stats that recorded Castillo landing 46 more punches than his opponent. Well, for a start, if those 46 extra punches did not land on the scoring target then they aren’t worth the ink used to write the article. The judges’ totals – an Asian, a Briton (namely John Keane who has been and is one of the best judges of a fight in the country) and an American – were almost identical, so please tell me how this scoring was unrealistic when all three judges from three different continents with such a close differential in scoring are wrong. I would rather take the word of the three experienced judges, sat with total concentration on the job in hand, than a reporter sat at least another three yards away, writing his notes, listening to the opinions of his other media pals each side of him, and worrying if he is going to meet his deadline.
If a fighter lands 600 punches during a fight, and 400 are on target he is going to get the verdict over a fighter who lands 646 punches but only 300 are on target – it’s common sense unless the writer doesn’t know what the target area is. I can understand there being controversy over scoring when there is maybe six rounds difference in the scoring and a 2-to-1 majority. But to have three judges score so close, I think Nigel had an off night when he wrote the article, not the judges.
However, I would also like to sincerely congratulate Nigel on his forthcoming induction into the Boxing Hall of Fame. He is an excellent writer, one of the very best in the business and one who has served his time in the sport. It’s a well deserved accolade which just shows he rarely gets it wrong.
However, I can’t agree with Naseem Hamed’s induction.
I am of the opinion that a boxing Hall of Famer should be a champion inside the ring as well as out. He needs to be a role model to the younger generation. Naseem retired, and spent time in prison. I was discussing this point with a boxing journalist and he replied that Bernard Hopkins has been in prison, should he not be inducted when he is eligible? My reply to that is yes he is extremely worthy of a place, he spent time inside before his boxing career which makes him even more worthy as our great sport has turned him around and our children would associate with that.
The Hall of Famer blueprint should be someone like Marvin Hagler – the perfect role model in and out of the ring. All that said, I think my chances of induction has now gone right up the pictures.