Boxing Again Scarred By Awful Judging Of The Lara Vs. William Fight
It happened again.
Another fight, another ridiculous decision that leaves fight fans scratching their heads wondering if this will ever stop happening.
For 12 rounds, Cuban amateur sensation Erislandy Lara clobbered Paul Williams with a left hand that just couldn’t miss. It was supposed to be Williams triumphant return to the ring after being knocked senseless by Sergio Martinez last November. Lara was coming off of a lackluster performance against Carlos Molina and was thought to be little more than cannon fodder for the punches-in-bunches style of Williams.
But it was Williams that looked shell shocked and was constantly beaten to the punch by Lara. The overhand lefts became more and more effective as the fight went on and you began to wonder when Lara was going to drop Williams with one of those power shots. But Williams wouldn’t go down, he would just be pounded on for 12 rounds. But somehow, someway, Williams won a majority decision as the three blind mice judges scored the fight 115-114, 116-114 and 114-114. The Adrian Phillips Ballroom in Atlantic City erupted with boos as nobody felt that Williams deserved the decision. Even Williams looked surprised that he got a Christmas gift in July.
It was a heinous act to rob Lara of this decision. But it’s certainly not the first, nor the last time an erroneous decisions like the one this weekend will happen in boxing. It does nothing to help the sport. The only person it helps is the winner and the judges offshore accounts. The sport, on the other hand, suffers immensely. How can we ever be satisfied with a sport that will continuously serve bad decisions? Perhaps one day the boxing commission will figure out how to get the best judges available. On this fateful night, the judges for Lara vs. Williams were not ready for this job.