An Incredible Decision

By Tom Donelson, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: December 3, 2009

IOWA CITY (BASN) — Ali Funeka finished his pounding of Joan Guzman and just waited patiently for the decision that was about to crown him lightweight champion.

When the first score came back 114-114, Funeka looked concerned.

When the second scorecard came back 116- 112 in his favor, he looked relieved and waited for the final score card to announced.

When the final scorecard came back 114-114, Funeka had the look of disbelief like what does one have to do to win a fight.

While the early rounds were close, halfway through the fight; Funeka took control.

He popped his jab and followed with solid combinations.

By the end of the fight, Guzman’s face was swollen and bloody, where as Funeka had the look of a fighter who just finished a sparring session.

He connected on twice as many punches as his opponent and as Guzman’s face showed, Funeka’s punches had pop to them.

This was a bad decision, period.

It is one thing for one judge to get it wrong, but when two judges get it wrong; that becomes another thing.

This is an embarrassment for the sport to have a decision this bad to decide championship bout on television.

I certainly hope that the Canadian boxing commission have these two judges justify their decision round by round nor was this only controversial decision in the past year.

Earlier this year, Lucian Bute was the benefactor of a hometown decision as he was rewarded a very long count when he was knocked down by Librado Andrade.

The referee did not begin the count for at least 10 seconds and Bute essentially got a twenty count; thus allowing him to survive a final round knockdown and kept his title.

As for the main event, Bute defended his title in a rematch against Andrade.

After surviving a knockout in their first bout, Bute was easily winning their first bout when Andrade caught Bute flushed with a right hand and nearly ended the fight.

A long count and the clock running out saved Bute.

In the first two rounds, Bute fought cautiously as he boxed and held but he looked like a fighter afraid to lose as oppose one trying to win.

This changed in the third round, when Bute started to nail Andrade with solid shots.

As the fourth round opened, Andrade pressed the action but Bute nailed him with a straight left and Andrade went down. He looked shaken but he continued to pursue Bute who then nailed him with the perfect body shot that sent Andrade down a second time.

Andrade grimaced in pain as he lay on the ground and the referee counted him out.

Bute showed that he is the best fighter not involved in the Super Six tournament and he sent a message that when the tournament is over, there is still one fighter left ready to lay his claim as the best of the 168-pound division.

A FOOTNOTE

Finally, football has admitted that their sport has problems with head injuries.

For years, boxing have been condemned for its brutality and the mixed Martial Arts compared to cock-fighting but football got a free pass from sports pundit for its own brutality.

The NFL’s examination of concussion and its long term effects shows that football can have long term side effects including damage as result of head injuries.

Hall of Fame quarterbacks Steve Young and Troy Aikman saw their career shortened by concussion but I still enjoy watching football despite its brutality or maybe because of it.

Nor should these sports be banned for most athletes survives the sports to live rich productive lives just as most boxers live normal lives.

The NFL, just as in boxing and MMA, have strived for increased safety but these are sports with risks.

Risks is part of everyday life