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Andre Berto vs. Victor Ortiz
I’ll be honest from the start. I had strangely conflicting opinions and there was probably no way both of them were going to live up to what I thought of each fighter.
Before this fight I thought of Andre Berto as overrated. I thought he fought a lot of cupcakes and had various other reasons to not want to fight any real competition. I thought he was ripe to be exposed, but he needed to fight an elite level talent because he was good enough to slide by on his own talent against mid-level opponents.
Before this fight I thought of Victor Ortiz as soft and with an equally soft chin. Oh, and no heart. I thought the first time he stepped into the ring with a true champion he would be destroyed and end up no better than Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. You know, fighting C-level talent and just skating by on talent, never fighting any true danger to his record.
I was wrong. Both times actually. Read the rest of this entry »
It was a decent night of boxing on HBO.
First up was the Victor Ortiz-Lamont Peterson fight.
This fight started slowly, very, very slowly.
Ortiz won three of the first four rounds on my card, but they were very hard to score. Little action with the exception of the 3rd which Ortiz knocked Peterson down twice and had an easy 10-7 round.
After the 3rd and a 10-7 round and a, seemingly, insurmountable lead on the scorecards Ortiz became comfortable. Too comfortable.
Peterson began gaining confidence starting in the last 30 seconds to a minute of the 4th, a round in which he lost, but showed vast improvement.
It showed in the fact that I had Peterson win the next five straight rounds.
Some think that if you are the aggressor, consistently coming forward and throwing power punches that you are winning the round. I am not one of these people.
Ortiz showed he was the aggressor, but he wasn’t coming forward effectively. Peterson was regularly dodging and ducking with fantastic head movement and danced around the ring beautifully.
When it was all said and done I had thought Peterson did enough to work a draw from the jaws of defeat.
Turns out I was right.
My score: 94-94
Judges scores: 95-93 Peterson, 94-94 twice
The main event of Marcos Maidana-Amir Khan was a great fight. One of the best of the year. Read the rest of this entry »