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REFS HOLD CAREERS, NOT JUST LIVES, IN THEIR HANDS, Part 2

REFS HOLD CAREERS, NOT JUST LIVES, IN THEIR HANDS, Part 2

PART 2  The career assassinations that take place because of an early stoppage can be drastically damaging.  I will approach this not only from the point of view of fighters who have been unjustly denied the opportunity to continue, but from those who were, and with the imagination of what might have been had they not been so lucky in the referee department.
 
Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Manny Pacquiao 1
It's one of the most famous 4 fight series in boxing history, yet, most referees would have cut it 41 rounds short.  Pacquiao dropped Marquez 3 times in round 1.. and although all 3 were flash knockdowns, tell that to James Kirkland or Iran Barkley (both men who lost in similar circumstances, when they may have been able to continue).  Marquez even laid his head back after knockdown number 3, sure the ref would be waving it off.  Instead, he got up, and won 7 of the next 11 rounds.  With just one wave off, his hall-of-fame career may never have happened.
 
Steve Cunningham vs. Amir Mansour
True, these men had the best ref in the business, Steve Smoger, at the helm.  Fighters do not get hurt permanently in his fights anymore than Moret, Russell, Howard Foster, Terry O'Conner, etc. so the argument that the quick-trigger refs save lives is a weak one at best.  Cunningham could have been saved after the second knockdown, for sure, but he got up, and won the fight.  He should be lucky that fight did not take place in England or California.

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SHANE MOSLEY JR. INTERVIEW

SHANE MOSLEY JR. INTERVIEW

Going into the family business can put a lot of pressure on anyone, but when your father is one of greatest fighters of all time, expectations can be extremely high.  Sugar Shane Mosley won several belts in 3 weight classes, and is a first ballot hal...

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OXNARD, A 20-YEAR FLOOD

OXNARD, A 20-YEAR FLOOD

Oxnard, California is a study in the boxing equivalent of the concept of “they tell two friends, and then they tell two friends, etc.”  A city that only 20 years ago was never a blip on the boxing map, now has more professional fighters per capi...

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BRADLEY STILL WORTHY OF RESPECT

BRADLEY STILL WORTHY OF RESPECT

Manny Pacquiao thoroughly outboxed and outfought Timothy Bradley last Saturday night.  It's actually the second time he has done so, in almost exactly the same way.  Where they go from here is more a prediction of egos and business politics...

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REFS HOLD CAREERS, NOT JUST LIVES, IN THEIR HANDS, Part 1

REFS HOLD CAREERS, NOT JUST LIVES, IN THEIR HANDS, Part 1

Refereeing a fight is not easy work.  I do not envy those refs for what they have to tackle.  However, they hold not only the lives of fighters in their hands, but their careers as well.  Much stink is made when a fight is waved off to...

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