Juan Diaz grosteque cut on his left eyebrow and eyelid was so open that the blood was flowing profusely even if the renowned Joe Chavez tried to stop the bleeding. The first cut was from a right uppercut that opened the gash on Diaz eyebrow while the second cut was from an accidental clash of heads. Paulie Malignaggi was controlling the entire fight with his precise jabs and quick footwork but the outcome wasn’t that promising thanks to the hometown crowd and ringside judges.
The fight was too closed to call it a unanimous decision with both fighters having no upperhand in the fight. Diaz the pressure puncher has done all he have to do to put Malignaggi out but Paulie went back to being a technical fighter with his fast combination and precise jabs. I think Paulie has also done enough to earn him a W in the end but how in the hell would a judge scored it 118-110 to Diaz or David Sutherland’s 116-112 that is one blow to boxing. “Let me just say that the 118-110 score from Gale Van Hoye is DISGUSTING. “Paul Malignaggi is a great fighter,” stated Juan Diaz that speaks right about everything. Politics stained the good name of boxing causing the depreciation of the sport favoring the Mix Martial Arts as the no.1 contact sport as of today. Hometown crowd or home town decision I feel how Paulie felt when he heard the verdict it’s like being rob infront of your eyes and you knew it was happening but you cant do anything about it. Let me stress out why:
1.) Paulie as great as he is doesn’t have a big following compared to Diaz. He may have a lightning fast footspeed but he doesn’t have the power to back it up. Fans love boxers who fought toe to toe with their opponents and Paulie’s refusing to engage more made him a lesser fan favorite per say.
2.) The Golden Boy connection gave Diaz an instant access although Diaz has fought his heart out on that fight and deservingly won the belt but Paulie also made a good case for himself but the crowd wants Diaz to win and GBP has future plans for Diaz.
3.) Marketability of the two fighters really is a factor and based on the two Diaz came out unanimous with no contest.
I was rooting for Juan Diaz and i think he has given everything to win that fight but the lopsided scoring was clearly unfair to Paulie who also work hard to make that fight exciting. 118-110 is too much give the man some respect… for Christ sake give the man some boxing justice.