By William Trillo
As defined by thefreedictinary.com
Six of one and half a dozen of the other:
If you say that a bad situation is six of one and half a dozen of the other, you mean that two people or groups are equally responsible.
I couldn’t have said it better myself. Or wait a minute…maybe I already did…LAST WEEK!!
After Saturday’s melee in Motown there has been nothing but finger pointing and name calling as everyone from promoters to journalists have put in their 2 cents on what actually transpired in the Arthur Abraham vs. Andre Dirrell “Super Six” stage 2 bout.
If you are an Abraham backer your voice echoes that of Abe’s promoter Sauerland who said in no uncertain terms, “…Dirrell is a very good actor. We are glad that his check-up at the hospital turned out just fine but frankly we did not expect any other outcome since he was just acting. He deserves an Oscar for his performance.”
In quick retaliation Dirrell’s promoter Gary Shaw fired back and spoke for all of Andre’s fans when he said, “Sauerland is a sourpuss. Is he Abraham’s promoter or minister of propaganda… Abraham was looking at Andre while he was down on the canvas before deliberately unleashing his illegal blow. As far as I’m concerned, Abraham is a coward and his promoter is an enabler. It was a desperate act by a desperate man.”
In like fashion boxing fans have been arguing about the 11th round blow delivered by Abraham that saw him get DQ’d for the foul thus giving Dirrell, who was decisively ahead on the cards at the time, the victory.
Quite frankly, there is no argument about the errant blow. Abraham clearly hit Dirrell when he was down.
The question is just how hard did Dirrell get hit and was it the type of blow that would render a man twitching and unconscious?
I know plenty of you will say of course it was, but as I made a few calls today and asked fighters, trainers and regular fans their opinion, they all to a man thought at the very least that Dirrell got caught up in the moment and overreacted all the way up to and including the theory that he knew he was not going to stay on his feet much longer and when he heard the commentators say “Abraham should be disqualified” he chose to stay down. One opinion was, “Dirrell got hit a lot harder by Abraham when he was on his feet during the fight but didn’t go down, how did that late glancing blow have enough power to knock him out?”
If you go to any forum or blog you will see a completely opposite take that will say that Andre is lucky that blow didn’t kill him. And there are other similar arguments to plead Dirrell’s case As well.
The fact is reports from the hospital where Dirrell was tested and came up negative and he was cleared of any head trauma.
You can do with that information as you will.
Now to the fight itself…
Let’s face it. Dirrell was way ahead on the scorecards at the time the fight was stopped and rightly so. He started off early and was blasting Abraham with shot after shot while Arthur just covered up and took the blows with little or no punches of his own thrown. A normal tactic for Abe, but this time he was in against a very well prepared fighter and it seemed he better turn up the heat sooner rather than later. But he did not.
Along the way Abraham was dropped by a punch that was clearly more of a shove with Dirrell’s off arm than it was a knockdown, but everyone’s favorite ref Laurence Cole called it a clear knockdown.
What Cole did not see so clearly was a headbutt that caused a wicked gash over Abrahams that bled profusely a good portion of the fight.
Cole also blundered in round 10 as a hard shot by Abraham sent Dirrell down with a thud, yet Cole waved it off as no knockdown saying their feet were tangled…they were not and you didn’t need a replay to see that.
That knockdown changed Dirrell from a slick boxer who was sticking and moving to a hurt fighter who shifted into reverse to stay out of harms way.
It was clear from that point on that Dirrell was in survival mode and if he could avoid an Abraham bomb over the next 6 minutes he would walk away with an easy unanimous decision. It will always be up for speculation now, but Abraham was catching Dirrell early in round 11 before Andre slipped and got hit while down, but as even the Showtime announcers were saying…this fight was far from over at that point.
And has anyone figured out why Cole was nowhere close to the fighters when Dirrell went down and why he didn’t yell stop until after Dirrell was tagged? The level of incompetency showed by Cole throughout the fight is, ONCE AGAIN, unacceptable.
So now the questions are being asked:
Could it be that Abraham was seconds away from a KO?
Is it possible Dirrell could have stayed away for 2 more rounds?
I guess it really doesn’t matter now as Dirrell was declared the winner and it is highly unlikely that will change, Sauerland protest or not.
Another thing that won’t be changing anytime soon is the fact that this Super Six Tournament has turned into more of a Reality Show than a sporting event and if you think it’s going to get better before it gets worse, well you haven’t been getting your dose of “Billy’s Blog” Medicine and you better take a big tablespoon before the next Super Six bout.
And now here’s a little home work for you all.
Don’t know if you remember or not but during his fight with Marco Antonio Barrera, Juan Manuel Marquez was hit while down. Check out the highlight here YouTube – Barrera vs Marquez pt4 at around the YouTube timer 3:50 mark.
Now compare that to what what down on Saturday night YouTube – ROUND 11 OF ABRAHAM VS DIRRELL! at the YouTube timer 50 second mark.
Look at the fighters reaction, watch the referees, listen to the commentary, what do you think?
Please be honest!
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