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29-03-2003 Bernard Hopkins vs Morrade Hakkar. WBC, WBA & IBF world middleweight titles



Bernard Hopkins vs. Morrade Hakkar

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Bernard Hopkins 159 lbs beat Morrade Hakkar 159 lbs by RTD in round 8 of 12

Notes
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  • Hakkar down in 6th.
  • Hakkar's corner stops the bout after the 8th.
  • Hopkins defends his Ring Magazine middleweight world title.
  • Hopkins was originally scheduled to fight Frenchman, Erland Betare, but he pulled out for unknown reasons.
  • Hakkar was ranked #1 WBC Middleweight contender.
 

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13.09.2003 Felix Sturm vs Hector Javier Velasco vacant WBO world middleweight title


Felix Sturm 159 lbs beat Hector Javier Velazco 159 lbs by SD in round 12 of 12


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- Sturm took the fight on two days notice, as originally scheduled Bert Schenk failed to show, due to illness.
 

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13.12.2003 Bernard Hopkins vs Wiliam Joppy WBC, WBA & IBF world middleweight titles (possibly the first case of WBA super and ordinary titles being 'unified')



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Bernard Hopkins 160 lbs beat William Joppy 159 lbs by UD in round 12 of 12
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  • Joppy held the WBA middleweight "regular" title and Hopkins held the WBA middleweight "super" title.
  • Joppy was Hopkins' WBA mandated opponent.
  • Hopkins broke the CompuBox record for total power punches landed by a middleweight at 375. He landed 419 of 819 total punches.
  • Hopkins defended The Ring Magazine world middleweight title.
  • After Joppy lost, the WBA declared the middleweight "regular" title vacant.
  • Hopkins bet Joppy $50,000 that he would knock him out. Joppy only had to put up $25,000 and took the bet. After the fight, Hopkins said, "He earned that $50,000."
 

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Felix Sturm defended his WBO title for the first time with a complete shut out UD against Ruben Varon
 

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29-03-2003 Bernard Hopkins vs Morrade Hakkar. WBC, WBA & IBF world middleweight titles



Bernard Hopkins vs. Morrade Hakkar

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Bernard Hopkins 159 lbs beat Morrade Hakkar 159 lbs by RTD in round 8 of 12

Notes
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  • Hakkar down in 6th.
  • Hakkar's corner stops the bout after the 8th.
  • Hopkins defends his Ring Magazine middleweight world title.
  • Hopkins was originally scheduled to fight Frenchman, Erland Betare, but he pulled out for unknown reasons.
  • Hakkar was ranked #1 WBC Middleweight contender.

1. 10-9 Hopkins. Shameless bit of running from Hakkar, alhough compubox creditted a no punch round I thought Hakkar did get a couple jabs off

2. 10-9 Hopkins. Some creative movement from Hopkins to close down Hakkar. And when he scores he simply turns around and walks away from Hakkar knowing he's in no danger of retaliation. Hakkar does meet him in the later part of the round and you see there's levels between them

3. 10-9 Hopkins. He does a lovely job at times of standing in the pocket and hitting and not getting hit. Saying that, Hakkar does sneak a couple decent shots through.

4. 10-9 Hopkins. Fair play to Hakkar, the running exhibition only lasted a round and a half, he's the man coming forward and initiating the action. Bernard happy to back up and let him come on as it means he is always there to hit, which Bernard is doing with relative ease.

5. 10-9 Hopkins. Showing Hakkar how to work effectively oiff the back foot, how to use lateral movement and still be the aggressor and the one landing the majority of telling blows. He's landed 5x as many power shots through the first 5 rounds

6. 10-8 Hopkins, enjoying himself in there and doing asd he pleases. Lands a shot that drops Hakkar to his knee after a bit of a delayed reaction. Ref counts to 8, turns and tells Hopkins to get in the corner and turns back round to Hakkar and counts 9 before he stood back up. Must have been 3 seconds between 8 and 9 there

7. 10-8 Hopkins. There should be at least one, maybe two knockdowns in this round. The first was a series of left hooks to the body and Hopkins does lean on the back of his neck. The second one Hopkins nails him with a right hand, you'll seldom see a clearer knockdown and Frank Cappaccino calls it a slip because the corner is wet. Time to call it a day Frank

8. 10-9 Hopkins, total domination and no wonder the corner call it off, this was never really a contest.

80-70 Hopkins in a bit of an embarrasment of a mandatory defence. Thatnkfully Frank Cappuccino and Morade Hakkar spend a similar amount of time at world level after this
 

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13.09.2003 Felix Sturm vs Hector Javier Velasco vacant WBO world middleweight title


Felix Sturm 159 lbs beat Hector Javier Velazco 159 lbs by SD in round 12 of 12


Comment
- Sturm took the fight on two days notice, as originally scheduled Bert Schenk failed to show, due to illness.

1. 10-9 Sturm. Nice snappy firm jab, some crisp counter shots and nice and light on his feet although he does always go back in straight lines when being attacked

2. 9-10 Velasco. Sturm moving side to side more using his jab but quie economical with his reight hand. Velasco hunting him down trying to cut off the ring, he is throwing wide punches trying to block escape route but does land with decent power

3. 10-9 Sturm. Velasco does ok first half but Sturm in the second half of the fight moves and potshots brillieantly to nullify Velasco. He has that combination of reach and better hand speed. If he judges distance and boxes well, he should control this

4. 10-9 Sturm. More of that lateral movement and neat and tidy boxing but Velasco is in constant pursuit and puts a good effort in to close him down, this will be a tiring 12 rounds if it goes on like this, They're going to get closer fairly soon I'd imagine unless Sturm has a tremendous gas tank

5. 10-9 Sturm. Not sure if judges might have prefered the pressure from Velasco, as he is working the body well and roughing Sturm up in close. But he is hitting lot of gloves and I like the sharp boxing and moving of Sturm. a refreshing style compared to the narled old veteren I was used to watching at the arse end of his career

6. 9-10 Velasco. More good pressing from Velasco. Not that accurate but working hard and throwing plenty of heavy shots and just enough sneak through to take the round. Sturm trying to be cute is fine but when his output drops it's fine margins, he needs to be super accurate or his defence has to be flawless and neither was the case in this round.

7. 10-9 Sturm. Stood his ground and exchanged hard shots with Veasco early, landing the better shots, then got back on the move but used the jab to much better effect, rocking Velasco coming in with one stiff arm jab. Velasco pressed late on and clawed it back a bit but Sturm had won this round early on.

8. 9-10 Velasco. They both worked hard in this one but Sturm stood in front of Velasco too long early on and let him work. Sturm trying to box and move late but not setting his shots up or finding openings, just throwing and hitting gloves a lot of the time.

9. 10-9 Sturm, better from him, doing exactly what he didn't last round. touching with the jab and drawing shots and countering with neat little left hooks and fast one twos. Not perfect as some of the shots he tempted Vel;asco into throwing find their target and Velasco did finish the round on top but Felix just doing enough over the 3 minutes. Wouldn't mind seeing Felix target the body more, very little goes downstairs, he could open him up a bit more and maybe slow the relentless forward moton too

10. 9-10 Velasco. Close round. Big flurry early from Velasco when he got Sturm trapped on the ropes. Couple heavy one twos catch Velasco late on. Might have gone either way

11. 10-9 Sturm. Lot's thrown that round but hard to score as it was very scrappy and inaccurate from both, lot of missed punches in there. Think Felix just finished stronger so have to give him the round he needs to win it on this card

12. 9-10 Velasco. And exagerated version of the rounds that preceeded it with Velasco the hunter and Sturms lateral movement turnng to running. Very much had the feel of a last round where Sturm knew he was well up on the cards and Velasco knowing he was well behind and trying to take his head off. Little did they know a split decision was in the pipeline.
I agreed with Jackobsen and Miller

115-113 Sturm.
 
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13.12.2003 Bernard Hopkins vs Wiliam Joppy WBC, WBA & IBF world middleweight titles (possibly the first case of WBA super and ordinary titles being 'unified')



Bernard Hopkins vs. William Joppy
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Bernard Hopkins 160 lbs beat William Joppy 159 lbs by UD in round 12 of 12
Notes
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  • Joppy held the WBA middleweight "regular" title and Hopkins held the WBA middleweight "super" title.
  • Joppy was Hopkins' WBA mandated opponent.
  • Hopkins broke the CompuBox record for total power punches landed by a middleweight at 375. He landed 419 of 819 total punches.
  • Hopkins defended The Ring Magazine world middleweight title.
  • After Joppy lost, the WBA declared the middleweight "regular" title vacant.
  • Hopkins bet Joppy $50,000 that he would knock him out. Joppy only had to put up $25,000 and took the bet. After the fight, Hopkins said, "He earned that $50,000."
I was looking forward to Bernard getting through another of the champions of his era, as I though Joppy might pose a problem or two
Reading the stats for this fight, I'm now looking forward to watching an utterly brutal beatdown. Scoring may be a tad meaningless

1. 10-9 Hopkins. Both coming to fight, Bernard working harder, looking to take this fight inside. I've been surprised at how good Joppy has been inside before but Hopkins is an entirely different prospect in the clinch

2. 10-9 Hopkins. Joppy is good inside when his hands are free to throw and can use his speed and varied combinations. Bernard using old man tactics, tying him up, roughing him up outmusclimg him. When they are at distance both score nice crisp jabs but not a lot else

3. 10-9 Hopkins. It isn't the clean punching display of power and accuracy I'd hoped for, scrappy inside.

4. 10-9 Hopkins. First half he bullies Joppy inside, rough stuff, spoiling and mauling. Gets outside and everything is at arms reach, doesn't want to be in between with the faster shorter man. Bernard's jab is well timed and he lands a couple rights, one of which by far the sweetest shot of the fight so far p

5. 10-9 Hopkins. Much more comfortable letting his hands go and not thinking too tactically or too much about staying out of range, just using his skill and good timing

6. 10-9 Hopkins. Very high output in the first minute, throws a barrage with Joppy against the ropes. Mid round is quiet with Joppy trying to jab from outside before it gets rough inside again and I struggle to follow the action with the ref involving himself constantly trying to stop anything close to holding

7. 9-10 Joppy. The refs gave one round to against Hopkins, I wonder if it was this one. Joppy slightly better inside I thought, a lot of Bernard's connects were just kind of banging the glove off the side of his head and body while holding, not real punches. Both scored 2 maybe 3 decent shots outside.

8. 10-9 Hopkins. Busier than Joppy, we often see one score and the other counter but Nernard keeps throwing after that in range or right up close. Chris Byrd makes a good point about Joppy not scoring inside, William more worried about getting hit, so as much as Bernard is effective smothering him, Joppy is also choosing not to free his hands which he really needs to do if he's to have any chance

9. 10-9 Hopkins. Wide round, using his physicality inside but also his intelligence as he uses his arms and head position brilliantly to prevent Joppy getting off while creating and capitalising on openings. He also rolls so well when throwing shots in the pocket, making him hard to pins down while using that motion to add momentum to his own shots. It's not always pretty but clever and effective. He ends the round on a couple cracking uppercut

10. 10-9 Hopkins. Scores a number of hard clean shots as he moves in to range. He then bullies Joppy inside. I feel for the ref as he has a lot to deal with with the inside work and holding. But he really has been a bit too involved with the grappling, while maybe being a bit lenient with low shots and Joppy clearly hitting on the break there

11. 10-9 Hopkins. Just doing more and working Joppy over. His engine is remarkable for a 38 year old. Not just the number of shots thrown which is impressive but the energy expended with the clinchimg and wrestling.

12. 10-8 Hopkins. No knockdown but Bernard put a real beating on Joppy looking for the stoppage. Several sustained flurries with Joppy against the ropes, relentless pressure inside, with Bernard refusing to stop punching even when his head is on Joppy's chest, rocked his head back a number of times. Massive credit to the durability of William Joppy and he did indeed earn his $50k winnings from their side bet.

119-108 Hopkins. Brutal performance, really beat Joppy up in there but not the display of clean power punching I expected when I read "Hopkins broke the CompuBox record for total power punches landed by a middleweight at 375."
Tactically spot on again, showing a different game plan again, tailor made for a world class opponent, to almost totally shut him out. Physically too much for him, ring smarts on a different level and output for a 37 year old man was sensational.

Bit of rough stuff, he no doubt did too much holding and boring in with the head. Not as guilty of actually holding and hitting or with the low blows and Joppy was the one hitting on the break.

Interesting that Hopkins couldn't stop Joppy after their $50k bet. I didn't mention bidy punching in that 12 round scorecard I wonder if a bit more of that might have broke him down as it did seem to be absent from his strategy in that bout
 

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After Joppy Bernard truly had cleaned out an entire generation of fighters at middleweight.

With him controlling the scene at 160lbs it really is just a case of watching his renaining fights and building up the careers of those on route to a chance at the undisputed crown.

Next up was Robert Allen for a second time.
Allen had earned his shot again but had done nothing of note since winning the IBF mandatory slot against Mendosa. He had two 1st round stoppages and an 8th round KO in two 10 rounders and a 6 rounder against three opponents with a combined 16 defeats on their ledger. Zero risks taken
 

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Oscar De La Hoya faced Yori Boy Campas

Rematched Sugar Shane Mosley

Then moved to 160 to face Felix Sturm, which as a 160lb title fight deserves it's own post
 

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Oscar De La Hoya now at middleweight faces new WBO champion Felix Sturm.



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Thrown541792
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Oscar De La Hoya 160 lbs beat Felix Sturm 160 lbs by UD in round 12 of 12

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  • Harold Lederman of HBO scored the bout 115-113 for Sturm.
  • Sturm's promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl, filed a protest with the Nevada State Athletic Commission regarding the scoring of the fight.
  • Marc Ratner, the commission's executive director, turned the protest down – stating there was no basis for such a protest.
  • The fight generated 380,000 pay-per-view buys and $19 million in pay-per-view revenue.
  • HBO commentators Jim Lampley and Roy Jones, Jr. both felt Sturm had clearly won, while unofficial scorer Harold Lederman also had Sturm the winner with the score of 115–113, scoring six of the last seven rounds for Sturm. Though the winner, De La Hoya expressed disappointment, saying of his performance, "Everything went wrong tonight". Sturm, who felt that De La Hoya had been gifted the decision due to his popularity and to preserve the lucrative De La Hoya–Hopkins fight, said "I know Oscar is a big name here and a great champion, but tonight, I think the whole world saw who was the better fighter
 

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On the same card, Bernard Hopkims faced Robert Allen for a second time. Obviously the intent was to set up a complete 4 belt unification with the winner (hopefully money man Oscar De La Hoya)

 

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Howard Eastman advanced his claim for another shot at the title, firstly by wiping out former Blackburn centre half Scott Dann (one for @Super Hans here) for the European, commonweatlh and British titles


Before facing everyones favourite bald pony tailed french contender, Hacine Cherifi for the EBU


Before beating Sergey Tatevosyan for the EBU once more
 

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To round off 2004, William Joppy went in with yet another top class opponent in Jermain Taylor

 

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Some background on Jermains ascent

Alfredo Cuevas

Alex Bunema

Raul Marquez
 

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I thought this was unavailable, but found it on https://www.asianboxing.info/videos/category/naotaka-hozumi-vs-william-joppy

After dealing with Howard Eastman Joppy travelled to Japan to face Naotaka Hozumi in 2002 and came away with what looks on paper to be quite a resounding win.


1. 10-9 Joppy, easy opener. Joppy scores a jab or three, then gets through with a one two, then Hozumi throws a slow single shot. That pattern repeats throughout. Hozumi is in bother if he can't improve significantly

2. 10-9 Joppy. Fast free flowing boxing, not loading up on anything, just nice sharp shots and plenty of output. Hozumi scores a few to the body and had a good combination late that had the fans and commentary in fits

3. 10-9 Joppy. Just circling and jabbing well, throwing the occasional fast flurry and moving again. He has the considerable advantage in hand speed, Hozumi plodding forward with particularly slow hands. But when he lands he is heavy handed, you hear the thud when he scores his only right hand of the round

4. 10-9 Joppy, seeing a bit of his old style of running and flicking the jab. But he is still out boxing Hozumi who can't close him down. But You get that funny feeling he could turn it around with a big shot if only he could land one

5. 10-9 Joppy. Fighting a lot inside and scoring double hooks to body and head, ripping in the uppercut, what a difference we see in in fighting compared to the Hopkins fight where Hozumi isn't tying his hands up and Joppy has the freedom to work his hand speed, combinations and use variety and angles to keep working round Hozumis guard. Hozumi will feel he can do something in here though.

6. 9-10 Hozumi. Came straight at Joppy landing hard hooks to the body and Joppy letting him get close enough without punching, So Hozumi could really wing in big shots to the head. OK when he ran and jabbed but that's not going to win him the round but far too lax from Joppy in close.

7. 10-9 Joppy, must have had a round off last round as he's far too good for Hozumi while he's active, working on the insde Hozumi can't find the space and time to throw much and Joppy much busier with the jab on the move, Controlling distance and not letting Hozumi get set

8. 10-9 Joppy just did enough to win that one but the body shots from earlier maybe taking their toll, maybe Joppy's age but he's struggling to work for the 3 minutes and when he is a lot of it is coasting and trying to fend off Hozumi now. Still won the round but giving Hozumi too much encouragement

9. 9-10 Hozumi. Ripping in those body shots, catching Joppy near the ropes unwilling to throw meaningful shots. Hate it when Joppy turns to his right and just walks or runs from his opponent, Get's him out of trouble, but it means he is totally unprepared to throw anything other than that flicked back hand jab

10. TKO Joppy. Nice finish. Joppy on the move then stops to fire in quick 3 and 4 shot combinations then away again. Lands a hard right with about half the round remaining which visibly rocks Hozumi. Right near the end he throws a big combination ending in a hard one two that catches Hozumi flush, Joppy finishes with another hard flurry of hooks and the ref sees Hozumi wobbling around and calls time on this in the 10th round.


88-83 Joppy good performance away from home against a limited banger. But far from convincing that he was ready to leapo back onto the world stage with this, as he tied in places and gave the heavy handed Japanese fighter far too many possibilities
 
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Oscar De La Hoya faced Yori Boy Campas

1. 10-9 Oscar, close to a 10-8 opener if he'd put more on his shots, just focussing on placement and speed and completely shuts Campas out here. Cracking 4 punch combinations late on

2. 10-9 Oscar. Campas works his way into the later part of the round and lands some hard shots that look as if he has something in there to cause Oscar problems. But he came from well behind in the round as Oscar boxed well early on. Foreman points to Yori boy smothering Oscars work when he crowds him, as long as he fires while he does he could potentially take the space away from Oscar to be as effective

3. 10-9 Oscar, Begins strongly, landing quick shots and combinations but relying on head movement to keep out of harms way. As Lampley says, he deters Campas better when he jabs. Once Oscar jabs he sets shots up better and Campas keeps his hands home, good observation from Jim

4. 10-9 Oscar, still the clear winner in this but Campas will be happy that he can take his shots, back him up and force him to work harder than he probably intends. Oscar scoring a lot to the body but looking like he is the one tiring worse. Campas just backing him up,. leaning in as the heavier man and landing some heavier blows including hard body shots of his own towards the back end of the round

5. 10-9 Oscar, he takes the first couple of minutes off and Campas probably takes those 2 minutes on stronger punches. But Oscar finishes the round with a number of blistering combinations, highly accurate and coming from all angles

6. 10-8 Oscar, another round split in 3, he boxed well and picked his shots well, midround he tucked up in the trademark mayweather should roll style and soaks some shots up on the rope, then goes back to work with those eye catching shoe shine flurries. Campas deducted a point for repeatedly dropping the gum shield

7. TKO Oscar De La Hoya. Campas corner threw in he towel as Oscvar tattoo'd him late on. Campas had his nose busted worse that Ben Doughty and his eyes were swelling shut. He had ploughed forward at times earlier in the round and gave it a go but was heavily outclassda for the majority of the round as he was the majority of the fight.
 

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Oscar De La Hoya faced Yori Boy Campas

Rematched Sugar Shane Mosley

Then moved to 160 to face Felix Sturm, which as a 160lb title fight deserves it's own post

1. 9-10 Mosley. Close round, Oscar taking conrol of the bulk of the round and landing more shots but Mosley with some of the best shots and one left hook was by far the crispest clean shot of the round. Merchant and Lederman disagree

2. 10-9 Oscar. Both landing a similar number of power punches, Oscar landing that spearing jab, Mosley landing a few body shots. Could go either way like the first, But I feel Oscars jab is controlling better

3. 10-9 Oscar, scores a couple power shots early, then stays outside, using the jab, keeping him off, stepping back to leave Shane nothing to fire at. On occasion Shane gets in and throws meaning ful shots, Oscar throws back and has the last say in the argument

4. 10-9 Oscar. Close round again but Oscar leads and gets out of range. If Shane leads Oscar makes a point of throwing more and landing something. Never letting him get away wthout something in return. Oscar also always backing off, just edging backwards, so Shane being the shorter man really has to commit to get off first.

5. 10-9 Oscar. Scoring right hands, left hooks and body shots, the jab really dries up in between big shots though. But Shane unwilling to move in and try and make things happen, really needs to be busier.

6. 10-9 Oscar, that reverse movement is causing Shane trouble he just can't get himself set to punch as Oscar edges backward, and Oscar is always primed for the counter if he does. This round though, he makes good use of the body punching, which Shane will also be unwilling to walk through to get to him,
 

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Rematched Sugar Shane Mosley

Then moved to 160 to face Felix Sturm, which as a 160lb title fight deserves it's own post


1. 10-10 Even. Oscar scored a few more jabs although both had a low percentage. Oscar landed only 1 of the right hands he threw to one decent left hook and a body shot from Mosley

2. 9-10 Oscar. Scored the jab more again and moved Mosley with it, half caught him with athe back hand a couple times and failed to get the left hook off. But he's being careful with his attacks to leave very few openings and as a result, Mosley waiting to long to let his hands go

3. 9-10 Oscar. Mosley falling short with the jab, looks to be trying to disrupt the right hand of De La Hoya with it rather than land it then counter Oscars left. But the big shots from Shane going right over Oscars head

4. 9-10 Oscar. Shane not doing enough and when he does Oscar wants to have the last word in any exchange, If Shane throws 2, Oscar wants 4 or 5. Even if they don't all land you can tell he's trying to catch the judges eye and it could be working, Shane could be 4 rounds down here

5. 9-10 Oscar. Shane starts better getting a couple quick rights in to Oscars chin and one to the body. But Oscar gets his left hook going, levels things up before taking the rest of the round with body shots with the right and more left hooks. Couple flurried excchanges late that Mosley maybe shaded but Oscar still edged the round on the balance of things

6. 9-10 Oscar. Poor round with very few good clean punches. Similar numbers of head shots for either man, with the left hook to the body for Oscar probably the thing that splits them if anything

7. 9-10 Oscar. He won this narrowly, scored a few clean right hands, also spoiled well after landing with the jab to make Shanes work ineffective. But working overtime to ignore the commentary bias (should have known to watch it on mute), Lampley ignoring when Shane throws, Lederman also guilty of this in his summary. Lampley tells us Shane not throwing, then tells us Oscar threw 46 and Shane threw 40, hardly a massive chasm in output Jim.

8. 10-9 Mosley. Liked some of his body punching, he disguised it well feinting upstairs. It was a razor thin round and the first I watched without the volume off funnily enough although it did seem the work rate dropped from De La Hoya and did feel Shane edged it. Makes you think though

9. 10-9 Mosley. Not as guilty oif following Oscar as much, judging his distance better, dropping just out of range and countering nicely with the left hook. Scored a few to the body too. Oscar not having much success leading as a result but did scoire a few in exchanges once they both let their hands go. So hard to tell what lands in there though with the hand speed of the two of them

10. 10-9 Mosley. Poor round up until the last 30 seconds. Oscar maybe threw more but was quite wasteful, Mosley made him miss a fair bit but didn't do enough himself, although he was quite accurate with a couple power shots. Says it all that the ref had to ask them to fight.

11. 10-9 Mosley. Better round. Oscar looking tired, his shots look arm weary and the speed has gone out of his shots making it easier for Shane to block or evade them. He's also dropped the output in spells and if he can't outwork Shane, then Shane is the crisper more accurate puncher here

12. 10-9 Mosley. Oscar tried to flurry early but very inaccurate and wasteful with the shots. Shane bides his time and the next bihg assault he nails Oscar with the best right hand of the fight. Quiet mid round as Oscar recovers, he lands a decnt right of his own but Shane responds with another shortly after. Not much else happens in the dying moments and Shane wins a close round to finish

115-114 Oscar De Lay Hoya
Very interesting that I never scored a round to Shane with the volume on and scored every one to Shane after I muted it. Very partizan commentary and looking on Eye on the Ring the consensus seems to follow Harold Ledermans card.

Would be interesting to see how I scored the first 7 muted and how I would have scored the last 5 listening to Lampley and co
I think the consensus was that Oscar won most of the first half and Mosley finished better but there is a very obvious split on my card there.
 
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Marvin Hagler vs John Mugabi

Mugabi had built up a 25-0 record, all by stoppage and worked his way into number 1 slot with all 3 governing bodies.
The WBA, WBC & IBF were on the line
http://boxrec.com/en/event/9865/15297


It's been a while since I last watched this one but Marvin was starting to show signs of ageing here. He would probably have had his mind on big fights at this point, with the Hearns return probably being a possibility and talk of Leonard being talked about.
It was a war and Mugabe was a powerful and dangerous opponent
I'll get through it later today.
Surely it was war ! I have seen the fight a couple of times and it’s getting better for every time . It’s was really tight !
My score at the KO in round 11 was Hagler 97 and Mugabi 95 .
 
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