I gave Chavez 3 rds (2,10,11) and that's generous.
I think first time I scored it, I gave Taylor every round and I felt people felt compelled to give JCC close rounds because he had some success, made it his kind of round or inflicted damage.
But I felt on the balance of each round viewed in isolation, Meldrick deserved every one of those first 11 rounds.
As for the stoppage, I was being sarcastic when I first posted in the thread. Because my initial reaction, as with most people who viewed it live or for a first time, was heart break at seeing it that way, that late.
After some discussion on another forum, I came round to realise that that was the only way the ref could call it and he'd have failed in his duty of care to the fighter if he let him take so much as one more punch but that was a very bitter pill to swallow.
I'll watch this tonight, I'm interested to see if I can give Chavez a round this time
I can see the reasoning you're saying! I tried not to fall into that trap. 2nd Rd was definitely a swing round I'm sure of that. I suppose 10 was generous but Chavez quality stepped up at this point, 11 even stronger case. I can rewatch though
I don't dispute Steeles call. He did his job. A top official in his day.
Me personally.... I wouldn't have rushed it given so late in Rd 12. A champ has the right to show he is properly ready to finish the fight. Fury vs Wilder for example. It just seemed rushed for my taste but perfectly valid also. everyone has their own judgement.
I read comments back in the day from ESB classic forum from people who attended. JG I think. All accounts say the film didn't do it justice, JCC shots were echoing around the arena that night and Taylor was beaten in a bad way.
Yes ! 10-10 is fair. Meldrick did most of the work I remember Julio's heavy shots towards the end and thinking the same thing.10. 10-10 Really tough round to score this time round, Meldrick flies out with a quick combo, takes a breather then catches Chavez with a couple of really fast, flashy and accurate combinations, real eye catching stuff. From there Chavez just steadily works away for the remainder of the round, Taylor stays with him, and has his success but if it wasn't for the start Taylor made, Chaves is getting the edge in the inside work, when it's a at a steady pace. I can't ignore that early work though and feel Meldrick deserves at least a share of the round (notice the highlights after only show Taylors success)