QUOTE (JonnyBlaze @ Jul 21 2010, 06:24 PM)
I've always thought these comebacks of Tua were nothing to get excited about..His pace is so slow compared to how it used to be..He normally would start slow and end the fight throwing more(of the fights I've seen of his comeback) so it's weird to hear he started to fast..
Actually Jonny, Roger Bloodworth FINALLY has Tua doing some nice things. The speed is still kinda there, or has been in his last 3 fights. He is now throwing right hands, throwing combinations and he went to Monte's body A LOT, which is probably what saved him the last round, Monte had nothing left in the tank to go after him.
On the other hand Tua's 2 biggest strengths, his punching power and punch resistence (chin) appear to have diminished. He seems to be throwing arm punches these days. Seriously some of the shots he hit Barrett with would've knocked him the fuck out 5 years ago. Now Barrett although badly buzzed was able to whetehr the storm. In the old days once Tua got you clean you were done.
And yeah he was hurt in the 12th. Barrett actually hurt him pretty good I think in the 9th as well. It's strange to see Tua getting visibly hurt by single shots.
It's frustrating seeing Tua finally using some half decent boxing skills yet it seems to have come too late. If his punch goes and his chin goes he'll always be there for the taking.
It ws a strange fight to score. I thought Tua definately had the ring generalship, landed by far the harder shots, but the last round.................Rom's right 113/113 isn't a bad score. I wouldn't have been disppointed to see Barrett get the win either.
Doesn't matter Tua is done. It will be a career of 'what if's.'