QUOTE (du365 @ Feb 25 2010, 11:14 PM)
This is what he originally wrote:
Lucas Matthysse TKO4 Vivian Harris
Records: Matthysse, 26-0, 24 KOs; Harris, 29-4-1, 19 KOs
Rafael's remark: Matthysse and former junior welterweight titleholder Harris were originally scheduled to fight Jan. 30 on the Shane Mosley-Andre Berto undercard. But when Mosley-Berto was canceled, Matthysse-Harris was rescheduled on one of Golden Boy's HBO Plus cards, which are televised throughout Latin America and South America. Argentina's Matthysse, 27, the brother of former welterweight title challenger Walter Matthysse, scored his most notable victory as he stopped the faded Harris. The fight was competitive until the fourth round. New York's Harris, 31, swelled Matthysse's right eye and Matthysse ripped Harris repeatedly with body shots. But in the fourth round, Matthysse went after Harris and eventually rocked him with a hard right hand, which prompted the referee to jump in to stop the bout. Harris and his camp complained about the quick stoppage. Harris' career continues to spiral downward as he fell to 1-2 with a no contest in his last four fights. In his last fight in August, Harris fought to a second-round no contest on ESPN2 against journeyman Noe Bolanos, a match that ended after Harris was on the receiving end of a severe accidental head butt that knocked him out. If Harris keeps fighting, it's probably not going to get much better than what has happened in his recent fights.
What specifically is fraudulent about what Mr. Rafael wrote?
The description above is an accurate portrayal of what I saw. Matthysse did rock Harris with a brutal right hand. Harris looked for a moment to be out on his feet.
While I agree that the stoppage smacked of corruption, nothing above is out of line with Rafael's more in depth commentary that followed. Harris certainly deserves a rematch, but there is no doubt that he HAS been on a downward spiral and that, given what I witnessed in his bout with Matthysse, he should be looking for another line of work if he intends to be speaking without a slur by the time he is 40.