Guys, I hope that this is the last time you'll ever hear me say this, but I had the same score cards as Harold Lederman.
Firstly, it's been years since I sat back and watched this fight, and I must say, Lampley's oral juggle of Oscar's testicles, was unbearable at times. The only reason that I didn't mute it, was because I wanted to hear what Foreman had to say. Hell, Merchant was hardly biased in that fight, and that says a lot.
Rounds 1-4 were pretty close, with little action, just a lot of jabs, but as for clean punches, not many landed between the two of them. From the middle of round 4, Quartey began to get a bit busier by pressing the actions with feints, that played a big part in the 5th (which I gave to Ike).
Round 6 was great, both were victims of bad timing and balance, and I cant say that either were all that hurt. If anything, Oscar may have slightly panicked the most after he went down. Quartey asserted himself more after they traded knockdowns, so I gave him the round.
7,8, and 9 went to Quartey, I'm not sure what happened to Oscar. Again, neither guy truly hurt each other up to this point, but Ike's right hand found it's home, and Oscar abandoned his jab from time to time...a weapon that kept Quartey careful for the first half of the fight.
I cant get it through my head why Lampley kept "queerishly" harping on the fact that Quartey was known to throw about 80+ punches per round, but was limited to around 40 per round with Oscar...simple solution now that think about it, man crush. Problem solved. Foreman wasn't too big on Ike's highly regarded jab, that was funny. Lol.
Oscar dug deep in the 10th, and edged it. Cant really remember what else happened, other than him landing that left hook a few times. Oscar's body work was good throughout the fight, but George mentioned that it was a bad idea because Oscar was the taller man, and throwing to the body would cause him to have his head lower than it should've been.
11th round, Ike beat Oscar to the punch, and was busier. Of course we all know what happened in the 12th when Oscar put Ike on his ass again. Bad move for IQ, dude got caught in the middle of his punches once again. He was okay when he stuck and moved, and did even better when he was able to turn Oscar. I was almost sure Ike was about to get stopped, but Oscar worked against himself and was punched out. Glad there wasn't a lot of time left on the clock and Quartey was on shakey legs.
I missed watching Oscar's old fights, I must admit! The only thing that killed me about him throughout his career, was his lack of confidence with quicker fighters, and his need to pull out all the stops (outside help) made him look like a sucker from time to time.
Those Daisey Duke trunks and small 80's workout shoes, were always a dead giveaway that he tried to maximize his speed, when he really had it all along, he just got caught thinking too much during fights with faster guys. In that sense, he was mentally beating himself up, while getting outworked and sometimes outpunched by faster guys.
Anyhow, I had it 114 - 133 in favor of Quartey. At one point, I had the 3rd round in favor of Quartey, but went back and gave it to Oscar, and I STILL had him losing on the cards. Whoever those two judges that had it 116 - 113 and 116 - 112 in favor of Oscar, should be kicked in their asses. Really? I know that the fight had some early close rounds, but damn, what were they thinking?