Robbery in Fort Worth
Ayala Given 'Hometown Decision'
you watched Friday Night Fights last night on ESPN2, then you heard
Teddy Atlas say it best after they announced the winner of the Paulie
Ayala vs. Hugo Dianzo WBA Bantamweight title fight:
wrong! That's wrong, damnit! They need a national commission . . .
read: 115-113 for Ayala; 115-113 for Ayala; and 115-112, for Ayala.
be damned if I know what fight those three judges were watching, but
after 12 rounds I had Hugo Dianzo as the new WBA Bantam champ with a
convincing win over Paulie Ayala: 116-112. Plus, I did not score
Round 4 a 10-8 round for Dianzo (I did not see it as true knockdown but
as a stumble.)
make fights--we all know the cliché--and last night, the saying held
true as Hugo Dianzo kept his head and heart intact through 12 tough
rounds by out-boxing Ayala. He kept to the outside; he kept his feet
moving; he kept off the ropes. And with his jabs and big right hand, he out-boxed, out-landed and outright
won the fight.
had everything going against him. He was fighting in Paulie's hometown.
He was fighting in an uncommonly small ring, only 16 feet. He was going
into the ring a major underdog. And he went in knowing that a big-money
showdown between Ayala and WBC Bantam champ was on the horizon.
Dianzo entered the ring knowing that
the fight was already predetermined, and that nothing was going
to spoil the outcome of this fight.
he won. Or should've
got nothing against Paulie Ayala, although it's true, I did think
Johnny Tapia beat him the second time around. In fact, having met Paulie
a couple times, I’ve grown to really like and respect him. He’s one
of the true gentlemen of the sport. But the truth is the truth: Dianzo
won last night.
vs. Dianzo marks off our third such blatant insult already this year.
Larios vs. Jorrin was the first. Then came Espadas vs. Morales . . .
is right: Damn straight we need a national commission. An
investigation. A change in the sport.
what happens now? We get to see the fight that's already been planned
for: Bones Adams vs. Paulie Ayala.
what? Last week, we saw a lackluster Bones barely defeat a guy who took
the fight on 24 hours notice . . . a guy not even in the top 15. And
last night . . . ah, the hell with it.
boxing," they say.
worst part about it? Watching Paulie Ayala raise his hand in
"victory," knowing that he has to know that'd he'd
lost, yet having to go through the motions. And watching Hugo Dianzo, a
man who fought heart and soul for 12 rounds and after the final bell,
fell to his knees, exhausted and crying. ("Ain't no American Dream
for a Mexican fighter," one guy emailed me to say.)
hell. I can go on and on. But all my words and lengthy explanations will
pale in comparison to the three words Teddy Atlas used to sum up the