Boxing Stupidity! Robert Brizel’s opinion on Rematches and Instant Replay
By Robert Brizel, Real Combat Media Correspondent
Boxing stupidity is coming soon, to major boxing events and pay-per-view television nearest you. Big promoters in obsession mismatch rematches. Play It Again, Sam.
First, let’s go to the videotape. When I heard the World Boxing Council intended to use instant video replay to review the in the ring decisions by the referee it viewed as questionable or controversial, I almost cried. What will happen next? Human boxers replaced my rock’em sock’em metallic computerized robots with varying computer programs? We all know the most exciting thing about professional sports is the human aspect of things. Besides the gloves which punctuate the longstanding Marquees de Queensberry Rules, the sport of boxing has remained essentially the same in the past 100 years, with less wrestling. The rise of Mixed Martial Arts and influx of MMA fighters into boxing and vice-versa might change that trend.
No greater example of stupidity occurred when instant replay was used after Martin Murray scored an Ali-Liston like phantom knockdown of an off balance Sergio Gabriel Martinez in the tenth round of their 12 round World Middleweight title bout on April 27, 2013, in Buenos Aires. Murray landed a blow which grazed the back of Martinez’ ear but sent him to the canvas nonetheless ruled a slip by the referee. Instant replay affirmed the decision. If the referee’s decision had been overturned, the outcome would have flipped from 115-112 across the board, to a 114-114 draw across the board if the round had changed from 10-9 for Martinez to 10-8 for Murray with the recognized knockdown. Fight fans do not want instant replay. True, boxing gets its share of controversy due to bad decisions. However, adding instant replay is the one bad decision fight fans cannot and will not accept.
Now, for my declaration of boxing stupidity for two upcoming rematches. The British have rematched heavyweight David Price against Tony Thompson in Liverpool, only three months after Thompson stopped Price in two rounds in Liverpool. British fighters like David Price, Dereck Chisora, Audley Harrison and Danny Williams are destined never to be world champions. Going back to Irish Jerry Quarry’s one round destruction of Jack Bodell at Wembley years ago, the adoring British boxing public do not know when to quit. Price versus Thompson II is a miserable excuse to sell tickets, but it is not the worse rematch attempt of 2013.
Golden Boy is putting football player turned heavyweight boxer Seth Mitchell back into the ring with Johnathon Banks, the Klitschko trainer and sparring partner. This past November 2012, Banks blasted Mitchell out in two rounds on HBO. Trust me, it wasn’t funny. It wasn’t nice to see. The speedy brutal mismatch destruction of Mitchell by Banks was ugly. Golden Boy lost the WBC eliminator. Trouble is, they don’t know how to let go due to their high $$$ investment. Monte Barrett proved it against Tye Fields. Basketball and football players are not true boxers. Legitimate heavyweights will tear Seth Mitchell to pieces, so long as they move well and don’t stand in front of him. Mitchell will get knocked out again by Banks. C’est la vie.