This is (still) getting old.
The Showtime boxing main event last night (Sat., April 20, 2013) between WBC Junior Middleweight Champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and WBA Junior Middleweight Champion Austin Trout, which took place at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, was something that the sport sorely lacks:
A clash between the undisputed top two of a division, both extremely skilled fighters in their primes.
The resulting fight was close and entertaining, with Canelo's power contrasting with Trout's endless stream of jabs and bodywork. After dropping Trout with a beautiful straight right in the seventh, the hometown hero walked away with the decision, plus the WBA and The Ring Junior Middleweight titles.
But, that's not what I want to talk about.
One judge had the fight a shutout for Canelo through eight rounds, giving Trout only two rounds overall, while another gave him just four. I don't care that scoring the fight for Canelo isn't an outlandish proposition, I care because I'm sick of this being predictable.
Canelo is the star. Canelo is the Mexican fight competing in Texas. "Canelo" was written on the sides of the ring. Canelo is the cash cow for Oscar de la Hoya, who I'm almost certain pays off referees to get them to ignore fellow cash cow Abner Mares's grievous annihilation of the human groin.
Trout wasn't going to win a decision tonight. And it pisses me off that this is par for the course, especially in Texas, where the commission has all the integrity of a skyscraper built out of waffle sticks.
It was a good fight. It was competitive and, although I scored it wide for Trout, plenty of rounds could have gone either way. But, I just can't enjoy it and I don't know if I can enjoy any of it anymore.
If this happened in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), there would be an uproar. UFC President Dana White would curse out the judges responsible. There would be some accountability. It'd be made abundantly clear that this nonsense will not fly because that this isn't how it's supposed to be.
Trout deserved a chance to get the recognition he deserves. Canelo deserved a chance to win on his own merits. The fans deserved the right to enjoy one of the purest forms of competition without it being sullied by politics.
Boxing isn't dead because it will never die. But, if this is what it's come to, maybe it should.
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