Inspired by a nice debate between @Denilson3.0
Both know their stuff.
What fights do you think were really Competitive round by round, but not close...when all the rounds are tallied?
It is a very tough thing to sale!!!!!
Sam Soliman was competitive in every round against Winky Wright, He even reddened his face yet he lost every round....It is a tough sale for me.
Emanuel Steward was competitive in every round against Mayweather, yet he lost every round. He threw arm punches...no power, just landing soft shots.
I think the most competive fight that wasn't close for me is Calzaghe Vs Kessler
Dig this Mikkel landed: 8/43 12/47 16/40 21/52 20/49 10/48 18/53 17/54 15/48 11/53 9/41 16/57
Looking at those numbers YIKES! How can someone lnd 16shot, next round 21, next round 20, one after that 18? Lands 16 in the final round- yet is not close?
Simple when the dude who beat him had these numbers:
15/64 23/78 26/89 26/82 16/83 25/84 27/105 24/94 26/89 27/86 25/75 25/81
Post Fight Kessler said one of the funninest responses to how he lost I can think of
Kessler: "He spoiled my boxing"
LOL! I knew what he was saying...as the rounds went on, IMO it was obvious he had the fundamentals down and Joe didn't. Kessler had straight as an arrow jabs. His counters were clean. His power was decent. His hooks & straight leads were that of a prized fighter not a club fighter.
Yet Joe seemed to throw kinda sloppily at times. At times I couldn't tell his hook from his jab LOL!!! Yet as the rounds went on -it became clear he had more stamina (cocaine?) he was really agile in a goofy kinda way. His power didn't seem that great-YET! I thought by the midrounds,,,he is about to take it to the next level. By championship rounds I was amazed at how well Joe controlled the pace. Knew the distance of getting in and out- at times leaving Kessler to go back to his corner with a look of...I can't believe I am getting beat by a guy whose punches look like he is trying to play the bongos.
Who is he a boxer or Ricky Ricardo at Club babaloo?!
It was very competitive.
But at the end...It wasn't close as to who won and who lost.