QUOTE (Jack 1000 @ Nov 17 2009, 12:43 PM)
Hearns won by 2-4 points. One of Harold Lederman's worst cards. On the HBO replay he called it a draw. Remember that HBO used to suck up to Leonard like they now do with Golden Boy Promotions fighters, so there's a little history there. Ray used to be an HBO/CBS commutator, "There's no sweat on either guy's body, someone could go down early."
Leonard-Hearns II was at the time that the WBC which sanctioned the fight was encouraging the use of 10-8 rounds in dominating rounds even without a knockdown. One of the judges gave the last round to Leonard 10-8 when he had Hearns hurt badly, but Hearns railed well enough to prevent a 10-8 in the eyes of most viewers. If that round would have been scored 10-9 across the board for Leonard, Hearns would have won a split decision. It was the 10-8 round that forced the draw.
That judge was the one and only Dalby Shirley. NO WAY that was a 10-8 round. Want to see a 10-8 round without a knockdown? Round 12 of Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Rogers Mtagwa on October 10. Hearns answered back well enough. Didn't win the round but it wasn't an extra point.
At least Shirley had it a draw. Tom Kaczmarek had LEONARD WINNING 113-112. That's awful. Hearns absolutely dominated that fight. Leonard won 5 and 12 clearly, but Hearns was in total control for most of the night. I had it wider than you did, Jack. I have no idea what Kaczmarek, Shirley, or Lederman were watching. In fact, I don't know what Jerry Roth was watching and he had Hearns winning... but only by a point.
Absolutely DREADFUL decision and, yet, not close to the worst I've ever seen. When it's so bad that even Leonard says he lost the fight, it's pretty obvious.