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Even if one was to go along with the minority and say that Oscar De La Hoya deserved the split decision win Saturday night over Ike Quartey, youll have to admit one thing. Oscar has yet to be convincing in the two fights that thus far define De La Hoya as a fighter.
TITLE WINNING EFFORT
His match in 1997 with Pernell Whitaker was tainted with the notion that the judge's scorecards were filled out in advance as one jurist incredibly tabbed Oscar a six point winner at 116-110. And this after Oscar got dropped, and Sweet Pea out landed Oscar on the Compu Box punch statistics.
And while controversy loomed for a few months, it soon became old news as De La Hoya was transformed by slick marketing into a real ring killer, while being fed fodder like David Kamau, Hector Camacho, Wilfredo Rivera, and oh, we must not forget future Hall of Famer Patrick Charpentier.
SAME M.O. AGAIN?
Once the dust settles and the mainstream media begins discussing the March 13, Evander Holyfield-Lennox Lewis scrap, will Team De La Hoya embark on another two year tour of fighting non entitities with the first being Oba NO BMW Carr in May.
As soon as I got back to the S.F. Bay Area. I went down to a taco truck in the barrio in order to quiz the cook, and his customers on the prior nights fight.
IKE GOT GYPPED
That was the overwhelming feeling of the Mexicans I polled Sunday. Most felt that the best De La Hoya deserved was a draw. Couple that with the theory of losing a split decision in the other guys home town usually means you were shortchanged. If you are willing to read between the lines, the message is clear.
OSCAR SHOWED HUGE STONES
The courage and determination that De La Hoya showed while in the eye of the storm certainly showed he has the true heart of a champion.
ANY OTHER CORNER
Other than the camera and microphone wise De La Hoya corner would have told Oscar that he needed a knockout in the last round to win. But they didnt have to. Oscar broke out shooting with both guns, and came within a whisker of stopping the Bazooka in that final round.
KILLER INSTINCT SO EVIDENT
Acting like a shark who smelled blood, De La Hoya threw everything but a desk at Ike in the first two minutes of the 12th round. It was without question the finest round of his pugilistic life, and in my mind a true barometer of what Oscar De La Hoya could be if he so desired.
One of the first questions directed at the post fight press conference directed at 1999 Hall of Fame inductee Bob Arum was from yours truly. Bob, in the early 1980s the welterweights had some great fights because they fought one another. Like the Ray Leonard-Roberto Duran trilogy. I think everybody would like to see a rematch.
Arum countered, We will take a look at the numbers next week (Pay Per View and the HBO Saturday night encore ratings) and see if something can be done.
JUDGES, LAME OR??
Judge Ken Morita is the guy that had Oscar winning over Ike by a 116-112 score. Going into the final stanza, Morita had Oscar up 106-104. This is where HBOs Jim Lampley found contempt.
I could have understood Oscar winning after earning a two point round for the knockdown. But to have him up beforehand in my mind is the work of a judge who is going with the house fighter. I dont like it.
MORITAS CLAIM TO FAME
Morita was the myopic lad who had Mike Tyson ahead of Buster Douglas in February of 1990. The stench that followed, put Morita on the back burner for a long time.
In what would have to be an exceptional accomplishment, Morita makes his comeback in a mega fight like Oscar and Ike. This is where you want to look at the past performances of a judge. We know that Tyson was the house fighter with Don King promoting against Buster, and that Mike lost all but one or two rounds before getting stopped.
Nine years later Ken resurfaces in a major fight and scores an extremely close match 116-112, and AGAIN for the house fighter. Do you now see why I think he got the gig?
HBOs analyst Larry Merchant put it like this on Ring Talk last night. It was a great fight. Although I had Ike winning by a point, Oscar showed he has "some" guts. I will push for a rematch if I can. But not necessarily in his next fight. I think that if Oscar wants an easier fight before going back with Quartey, thats all right.
The scoring was atrocious, so says HBOs resident judge Harold Lederman. This was not a tough fight to score. And yet, only these guys couldnt get together but on a few rounds. No consistency, and I guess they didnt see Ike had winning rounds five through nine. Thats five rounds alone. I had Ike winning 7-5 in rounds, and by a point on my card.
While waiting for De La Hoya to make his appearance at the post fight press gathering, which was again held with 1,500 (mostly female) fans in attendance. I asked Harold, why the glum look.
I just wish the right guy would have won, Pedro.
MORALES WANTS CHAVEZ TITLE
Right after drilling Angel Chacon for KO #24, WBC 122 lb. champ Erik Morales sat down with yours truly and his promoter Fernando Baby Face Beltran. I want to be as big as Chavez is in Mexico. So, I know Ive got to fight often, and fight well.
ON POCKET ROCKET
The next opponent for the 32-0, Morales will be Wayne McCullough in May. Can you stop Wayne, I asked? I will train very hard and prepare myself to the fullest. I will win, but I cannot predict how. I want to move up to featherweight this year and fight Naseem Hamed or Luisito Espinosa.
CARR ON RING TALK POST FIGHT
Oba NO BMW Carr made a cameo appearance on the Saturday night edition of Ring Talk, which emanated LIVE from the fight on the UNLV campus.
I throw combinations, thats why I can beat Oscar. Ike only threw one or two punches at a time. Itll be a tough fight, much tougher for Oscar than he thinks.
DIRTY LAUNDRY TIME FOR GOLDEN BOY?
Tim Kawakami is one of the members of the boxing media that isnt afraid to ask the questions that piss people off. The former LA Times boxing writer has penned a book on De La Hoya entitled Golden Boy that is said to be the inside look into De La Hoyas life outside of the squared circle.
AUTHOR DOES RING TALK THIS SATURDAY
Kawakami will make a return Ring Talk appearance this Saturday night at 11:06 PM ET to discuss his book, and answer your phone calls and e mail. You can send your questions in advance to email@example.com.
RING TALK AIRS LIVE ON NET
If the Talk America Radio Network(s) do not have an affiliate in your area, you can listen to Ring Talk live on the Internet.
Then you will most likely need to go to the Talk America site at www.talkamerica.com and spend a few minutes downloading the free software available.
TWO NIGHTS, TWO NETWORKS
On Saturday Ring Talk is heard for two hours at 11:06 PM ET on Talk America 1.
On Sunday, the show starts at 11:06 PM ET, BUT on the Talk America 2 Radio Network.
BOTH NETWORKS HAVE LIVE AUDIO CHANNELS AT WWW.TALKAMERICA.COM
YOUR E MAIL TOMORROW
Send in your comments on the De La Hoya-Quartey fight today, and YOUR E MAIL will be part of tomorrow's festivities at www.fighters.com as Dangerous Dan has something to say after four days in Las Vegas.
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