Let’s say there’s a result.
One that nearly every reputable, non-partisan onlooker suggests is valid.
Not to mention many more that were actually on the loser’s side, too.
Nevertheless, the entity on the short end of said result continues to rant and rave about how it was rigged or stolen or somehow the product of a nebulous establishment conspiracy against him.
It sounds way too ridiculous to be real.
But guess what, it is.
And though the premise may sound a mite familiar, here’s some breaking news.
It has nothing to do with politics.
Instead, it’s Team Lopez in the aftermath of Saturday’s shocker against George Kambosos.
Teofimo Jr. started the silliness in the ring after the fight, going full-on Kanye West during the winner’s interview with Chris Mannix and insisting he’d scored himself ahead in 10 of 12 rounds.
A crowd full of Lopez backers made their disagreement with his assertions audibly clear.
Kambosos stood by like an amused Taylor Swift and labeled his foe “delusional.”
Still, Teofimo Sr. ramped it up in the aftermath with an assertion that the boos were actually the crowd’s reaction to the decision and not his son’s whines. And he piled on by suggesting to his son that he tone down the anti-establishment rhetoric going forward and simply knock everyone out to avoid a repeat.
It’s certainly easier than retaining an actual trainer.
Because, clearly, an actual trainer couldn’t come up with sage between-rounds advice to top dear old dad’s “f--- this mother f------ up already.”
Still, the nonsense wasn’t limited to the ex-champion and his loudmouth parent.
The back-and-forth nature of the bout naturally led to discussions about the scorecards, particularly the round in which the challenger announced his presence with authority and scored a knockdown.
Lopez started with guns blazing, looking to fulfill a first-round KO prophecy.
In doing so, he kept his hands down, head up and chin on a center line that was as good as a bullseye.
Kambosos obliged, landing a right-hand bomb that dumped the champion on his rear end.
It was an emphatic moment, to be sure.
But not at all indicative that the rugged Australian had dominated the round, which means that scoring the session only 10-9 in his favor and not 10-8 was both reasonable and accurate.
Two judges did so, including one that gave Kambosos eight of 12 rounds for a 115-112 win, and another that scored it six rounds apiece and had Lopez up 114-113 thanks to his knockdown in Round 10.
Incidentally, my card was 114-113 for Kambosos.
Anyway, multiple sources suggest the smartest-person-in-the-room types on Twitter have deemed those two 10-9 tallies “offensive,” among other things – as if the knockdown alone, and not the fact that Lopez threw and landed more punches across three minutes, was all that mattered.
Nuance be damned. It’s either black or white.
Unless as is the case here, it’s not.
While it’s true that most rounds including a knockdown are legitimately 10-8, it’s no less true that an occasion where a fighter getting knocked down while otherwise controlling a round is uncommon.
Lopez was the busier and more impactful fighter for all but the instant the Kambosos punch landed and the several seconds that followed. It was a noticeable contrast from the 10th, a round in which the now-former champ landed more jabs and more power punches, and scored a knockdown.
The knockdown in the first pushed a 10-9 Lopez round to the Kambosos side of the ledger.
The knockdown in the 10th pushed a 10-9 Lopez round into 10-8 territory.
Not understanding the difference and blindly branding them the same is what’s actually offensive.
Case in point: Those very same arbiters have expressed no issue with the scoring of Rounds 11 and 12 – in which Kambosos clearly controlled the action and landed 41 punches to Lopez’s 16 – even though his level of dominance across those six minutes was far greater than it had been in Round 1.
It’s so simple that I don’t need sources to confirm it.
And even better? My resident scoring guru, Randy Gordon, agrees.
The former chair of the New York State Athletic Commission confirmed that labeling a round 10-8 in favor of a fighter scoring a knockdown is not at all mandatory.
“Weigh the round,” he said. “It’s nine points or less to the loser.
“Would it be offensive? No.”
Good enough for me.
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This week’s title-fight schedule:
WBC lightweight title – Las Vegas, Nevada
Devin Haney (champion/No. 4 IWBR) vs. Joseph Diaz (Unranked WBC/No. 3 IWBR)
Haney (26-0, 15 KO): Fourth title defense; Went 12 rounds in all three world title fights (3-0)
Diaz (32-1-1, 15 KO): Fifth title fight (2-1-1); Third fight above 130-pound limit (1-0-1)
Fitzbitz says: Haney’s a good fighter. And he’s got a style that could frustrate Diaz all night. But this is a barometer fight for him and I have a hunch he won’t relish the high pressure. Diaz in 9 (65/35)
This week’s trash title-fight schedule:
WBA “world” lightweight title – Los Angeles, California
Gervonta Davis (WBA “champion”/Unranked IWBR) vs. Isaac Cruz (No. 8 WBA/No. 6 IWBR)
Why it’s trash: They say timing is everything, right? Well, let’s just say the timing for this one stinks. A week after Kambosos wins the legit strap from the WBA’s legit champion in a great fight, we’re subject to the Panamanian belt cartel touting this as some sort of title bout. Sorry Showtime, but this is awful.
Last week's picks: 3-1 (WIN: Massey, Ogawa, Fulton; LOSS: Lopez)
2021 picks record: 46-15 (75.4 percent)
Overall picks record: 1,202-390 (75.5 percent)
NOTE: Fights previewed are only those involving a sanctioning body's full-fledged title-holder – no interim, diamond, silver, etc. Fights for WBA "world championships" are only included if no "super champion" exists in the weight class.
Lyle Fitzsimmons has covered professional boxing since 1995 and written a weekly column for Boxing Scene since 2008. He is a full voting member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Reach him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter – @fitzbitz.