QUOTE(BrutalBodyShots @ Oct 27 2007, 12:16 AM) [snapback]362487[/snapback]
The bottom line however is that he did not respond properly to the referee not once but twice, had both of his arms up on the ropes for support and looked away from the referee toward his corner when asked if he was alright. Can you really blame a ref for not stopping considering those factors, no emotions or biased feelings involved?
Technically these things are true, but I think you're overstating them to a degree. Taylor may have been holding the ropes for support (don't remember without watching it again), but it was more a case of using them to steady himself as opposed to hanging on in order to prevent from going down (a la Holyfield-Cooper). Meldrick was in nowhere near the condition that Berbick was, and while he did look away from the ref he was clearly focusing on something - in this case his corner and that overreactionary numbskull Lou Duva. His eyes weren't just totally glazed over and unable to focus.
But all that aside, I believe in this situation Steele should
have shown some emotion or bias. Not towards Taylor or against Chavez per se, but he had
to have been aware of the circumstances. I don't believe it should have been a blind, by-the-book call. There's nothing wrong with allowing the particular circumstances of a situation to factor into your interpretation of a rule. I suppose you could say I'm letting my own biases factor into that opinion and you're probably right, but I stand by it nonetheless.
QUOTE(kidbazooka1 @ Oct 28 2007, 01:13 AM) [snapback]362589[/snapback]
Yes but Steel had 10 seconds to make sure Taylor was ok and ready to go his job was to pay attention to the fighter not the red light.
I think one of Taylors best performances was agianst Mcgirt.
Again, same as before. Regardless of what he was supposed to do, there's no way he didn't know the light was flashing.
I think I hold Lou Duva as much to blame for it all as Steele. Why the fuck was he leaping into the ring hollering up a storm before the fight was over anyway?
Not to mention he told Meldrick between the 11th and 12th rounds to go out there and fight his heart out, even though he swears up and down he told him to make like Ali in there.
And yes, Taylor was awesome against McGirt.