What was Gale Van Hoy watching last Saturday night? Can you do this and get away with it?
No way was the spread 118-110 between Juan Diaz and Paulie Malignaggi in last Saturday’s bout for the vacant NABO junior welterweight title.
Don’t make the excuse: ’That’s boxing.’ I know boxing, and so should you Gale.
And this isn’t about Oscar De La Hoya. Let it be known that I have a huge amount of respect for Oscar. I met him through boxing. And he’s a gentleman. He represented the United States with determination and heart in the Olympics, then as a professional, not to mention what he does today out of the ring.
Oscar is a class act. So are the gentleman that compete under the Golden Boy Promotions banner.
So this is not about Golden Boy. It’s about judging. When a judge fails to call a fight, especially a title bout, appropriately, you only hurt the sport.
So Gale Van Hoy, my friend, get those glasses replaced and get back into making this the best sport in the world. That’s all!
Malignaggi had concerns about fighting in Texas. And even with Van Hoy’s decision, I’m trying not to believe what he said about Texas judging. Anyone can watch the replays on ‘HBO: Boxing After Dark.’ Malignaggi voiced his opinions, no holding back on the language either.
Diaz is a great fighter, but he’s the hometown boy, raised in Houston, where the fight was held. Now Malignaggi wants to fight Diaz on the east coast. That may never happen.
The official cards after the fight were at 118-110, 116-112 and 115-113.