Boxing's Worst Decisions of All Time
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Unfortunately, boxing has had more than it's fair share of bad decisions. The ones on the list below leave a worse stink than some of the others. Hopefully, this list will not continue to grow.
1. Pernell Whitaker vs. Jose Luis Ramirez (1988) Sweet Pea won all twelve rounds without a doubt but, somehow lost a decision on the scorecards, a true embarrassment in boxing. Whitaker landed jabs, hooks and body shots all night. Eventually, Whitaker got a rematch and dominated him again but got the credit the second time. Ramirez was literally hitting elbows, gloves and air all night with his shots in both bouts. Whitaker clowned his foe in both matches only to be crapped on the first time.
2. Pernell Whitaker vs. Julio Cesar Chavez (1993) Once again, Whitaker is robbed as he wins at least nine rounds (ten, in my opinion) but, somehow the judges in San Antonio, Texas ruled the somewhat one sided bout a draw. Sweet Pea landed to the body and head at will and he landed in combination. Meanwhile, Chavez lunged and could rarely even land one punch at a time cleanly. Chavez truly tried but like Ramirez he found air and gloves when he punched and even when he did have a good moment then Whitaker would come back and have a much better moment.
3. George Foreman vs. Shannon Briggs (1997) Foreman easily dominated Briggs with his pole jab and strait right. Briggs was schooled by the old man losing eight out of the twelve on my card but, the judges screwed Big George and he never fought again. Briggs, who has lots of power, fought timid and as a result George beat him with the stick all night but the three blind mice did not see it that way. Briggs was never the aggressor and he never landed any big punches during the bout.
4. Tommy Hearns vs. Sugar Ray Leonard 2 (1989) Leonard fought well in spots but, lost seven rounds on my card and won five. The problem is that the Hit man knocked down Sugar Ray twice in the bout which should have assured Hearns a victory but he had to settle for a ridiculous draw. Hearns out boxed and out fought Leonard for the majority of the heats.
5. Lennox Lewis vs. Evander Holyfield 1 (1999) Holyfield hurt Lewis bad in round three but, from round 4 through twelve although competitive Holyfield could not reach Lewis. Although the match was declared a draw, everyone knew the Brit handily won that fight.
6. Larry Holmes vs. Michael Spinks 2 (1985) Holmes lost a close decision in their first fight but, he was robbed for sure in the rematch. Spinks landed light punches the whole fight other than his jab while Holmes landed crisp jabs and big rights that shook Spinks to the core. Spinks was repeatedly rocks by right hands yet managed to win another close decision. (For the record I thought Larry Holmes won both bouts).
7. Jersey Joe Walcott vs. Joe Louis 1 (1947) Walcott put all his guile and skills on display for his finest performance ever and he gets really robbed. Walcott dropped Louis in Round 1, dominated the slower Louis in Round 2 and Round 3 and then in Round 4 he dropped The Brown Bomber again. Although Louis had his moments, I truly believe that it's impossible to give him more than seven out of the fifteen rounds and that's not mentioning two 10-8 rounds. B.S. Split decision for Louis.
8. Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley (2012) Desert Storm definitely fought his heart out and hung in their for all twelve rounds but, the fact is Bradley ran and played pitty pat while the Pacman was the effective aggressor in almost every round. Simple.
9. Erislandy Lara vs. Paul Williams (2011) Williams through shots all night more than Lara in fact but, he missed a lot of them. Lara for his part was more economical with his shots but his right hands wobbled Paul all night. It was not the worst I ever seen but it was one of them.
10. Felix Sturm vs Oscar De La Hoya (2004) Sturm was an unknown and De La Hoya was on the cusp of fighting for the middleweight crown. The Golden Boy pounded Sturm to the body and landed his fair share of hooks but, Sturm out jabbed him, out punched him and busted up De La Hoya's face. It was not enough as Oscar escaped what should have been defeat.
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