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Posted January 7, 2013 7:10 pm 


i think barthelemy got to comfortable he seem like he was aiming for the knockout instead of just boxing he was landing at will so he thoughtt he was going to get him out of there but usmanee prove how tough he was and battle back if they fight again im sure rance will box this time and use his jab more but i still think it going to be another tough fight i think usmanee got him figure out now i think in the rematch he going to be more confident now

Posted January 7, 2013 5:12 pm 


I thought it was a close fight, closer than Atlas had it, with an edge to Usmanee. A home town decision in a close fight is a given. Too bad, but that is the way it is and it is not something new.

Posted January 7, 2013 9:38 am 

Roy Andrews

Very bad decision, we talk about bad decisions overseas but the worst ones , I’ve noticed take place here in the USA. Teddy Atlas id correct, we need a national commision

Posted January 7, 2013 5:53 am 


What close rounds? After dominating the first two rounds, Barthelemy’s performance nose dived. The third was a transition round when the fight shifted, and after that he lost every round except maybe one, and in the last round he was getting pummeled — I thought he was going to get knocked out. That decision was nothing more than home cooking.

Posted January 6, 2013 11:02 pm 


I saw it a close fight probably a draw not a robbery at all you could call it a questionable decision but when your in someones backyard you have to do a little more to get the benefit from the judges especially in close rounds.

Posted January 6, 2013 8:28 pm 


They actually had a white guy on FNF? On ESPN?

Posted January 6, 2013 7:59 pm 


Scum bag.

Posted January 6, 2013 6:20 pm 


Watch both those videos. What a disgrace! I wonder if Jack Reiss is a Christian like the phoney Billy Goat too?

Posted January 6, 2013 6:18 pm 

Fight Aficionado

“the first two rounds barthelemy was landing the jab at will timing usmanee everytime he was landing left hooks but u got to give usmanee credit for making adjustments.” – Cosign. Barthelemy was shockingly dominant when he was boxing. Why he turned to slugging is inexplicable. But we must give Usmanee credit for making him fight in the only way that gave him a chance at winning.

Posted January 6, 2013 4:56 pm 

Fight Aficionado

A rotten way to start the new year. I’m a fan of Barthelemy but he lost that bout. He totally gave up on his boxing skills by round 4 and was squared up for most of the middle rounds trading punches like he never learned proper technique. Both guys showed plenty of guts but Usmanee turned it into his fight.

Posted January 6, 2013 4:53 pm 


Classy interview. Feel for the guy.

Posted January 6, 2013 4:17 pm 


Turned the sound off & watched the fight pretty good entertainment until the winner was announced. I had it close with Barthelemy loosing. He reminds me of King Khan who will be promoted to hell & back. H Not much there beyond the hype!

Posted January 6, 2013 2:44 pm 


Americans criticizing corruption and bad decisions and officiating in other countries is like Hitler accusing Woody Allen of anti-Semitism.

Posted January 6, 2013 2:39 pm 


@bald head slick – agree with you all the way!

Posted January 6, 2013 2:38 pm 


What a surprise! Another foreign fighter gets robbed over in the most corrupt boxing nation on God’s green Earth against an American/American based fighter. And yet many American fans have the audacity to criticize other countries for bad decisions and use it as an excuse to justify their fighters never travelling abroad? ROFL. You make me sick the lot of you. I wish misery and woe upon each and everyone of you insular looking hypocrites. May all of you children be born with the AIDS.

Posted January 6, 2013 2:26 pm 

te tumbo

“most fight pundits favored the Cuban exile because of his natural athletic gifts, extensive amateur pedigree. . .” most fight pundits are shills and utter imbeciles. the sooner they discard their stale Cold War reasoning the sooner they’ll stop favoring Cuban exiles and PROfessional BUSTs.

Posted January 6, 2013 1:36 pm 


Usmanee looked horrible. I thought for sure he wouldn’t make it out of the 4th. He looked like another hyped Canadian fighter. A guy who has honed his skills beating sub-par competition and now practices bad habits as the rule. With that being said… The guy was a warrior and beat Barthelemy soundly. Hell Rances was about to go in the 12th. I can’t see how any judge had Rances winning that fight. I say that knowing full well Rances is the better Boxer. Friday night though? Usmanee was the better Fighter!

Posted January 6, 2013 1:30 pm 


I think networks like ESPN should be more pro-active against corrupt judges. They share some of the responsibility for these disgraceful televised decisions. Moreover, while Teddy can be annoying at times, his visible anger at this decision was right on the mark. Keep ‘em honest Teddy!!

Posted January 6, 2013 11:42 am 


I’m not an expert on judging fights but from what I saw I feel that Arash Usmanee won this fight. However, I am an expert on what annoys me and I think Sonny bales had it right when he wrote that ‘Teddy Atlas is impossible to listen to’ and a ‘repetitive commentator’. But what about Joe Tessitore? From the beginning of the show he was talking about other sports in Miami over the weekend and he does these other sports comments constantly. Then to make matters worse they introduced a competitor from another sport to talk with them, during the fight, about other sports. I certainly don’t want to hear their ‘analogies’ to other sports or their constant patting each other on the back about how great the other is. The only sport I watch is boxing and these two clearly the worse commentators I am aware of.

Posted January 6, 2013 6:36 am 


i hope they put usmanee back on tv again he deserve it i already pick him to beat barthelemy when the fight was made he got a good story and background he prove in this fight what he was made of and showed that he a pretty good fighter and someone to lookout for rance was focus the first two rounds but then he lost his focus and stop using his jab i think usmanee showed that he was the better fighter that night tho

Posted January 6, 2013 1:34 am 


I thought Usmanee won this fight. He found his range while Barthelemy stopped using his jab. Don’t know why he did that…as it looked like it was going to cause Usmanee problems all night. Anyway, Usmanee did a pretty good impersonation of Tim Bradley by shooting some shots, turning Barthelemy and then getting out of range again. I think Barthelemy started to turn the tide around the 9th round for a couple of rounds but he then started to tire out.

Posted January 6, 2013 1:05 am 

The Real Kid Blast

sonny bales HAS THE BEAT

Posted January 5, 2013 9:47 pm 

Somebody’s Ol’ Lady

Forum definitely down. ‘Been a boxing fan for over 40 years. It was a robbery.

Posted January 5, 2013 9:27 pm 

William Snatchspeare

Easy fight to score. Blatant robbery. Judges should be sued, promoter should be boycotted.

Posted January 5, 2013 8:34 pm 


Forum down??

Posted January 5, 2013 3:54 pm 


it was a robbery for real…I am a Cuban and I had to change the channel after seeing Bathelemy having such a bad night. He looked like a dead man after 5th round.

Posted January 5, 2013 3:53 pm 


It was robbery no question at all and it pisses me off cause the afghan guy fought with everything he had, showed a true warriors will. its ridiculous and one of the major things hurting our sport. I wonder if behind the scenes Teddy ever confronts these crooked judges cause I would love to see him try and get an explanation for these decisions. It ruins what was a really entertaining fight. The fight looked like it was gonna b dominated by the cuban in the first two rounds in the third the afghan dude started a strong body attack which made the Cuban lose his rhythm and abandon the jab which was so effective. But it was all because of those body shots in the third. Great fight, horrible decision

Posted January 5, 2013 3:51 pm 


No robbery.
Only whiny anti-boxing tards call it a robbery, go watch ufc.
My score was a draw, but could’ve gone either way.

Posted January 5, 2013 3:11 pm 


Big Time robbery all the cuban guy had was a left hook the afghan had good body work throughout the fight less power and still almost put the cuban on his ass as for gonzalez he needs to get serious he looks like he gets bored still have him on a watch list for the simple fact he never has looked scared like other pr fighters after they get hit once on the chin but he still needs work.

Posted January 5, 2013 3:00 pm 


I also turn the volumen off…I scored the bout 114-113 for Barthelemy

Posted January 5, 2013 2:27 pm 


Robbery, too bad for the Afgahn kid, he looked real good, he should have stayed to make a statement, not good to walk away. When this happened to Mallenaggi in Texas he spoke up for himself about disgraceful judging and because of the truth behind the speach where he criticized Golden Boy and the Caiz refferee work he got better fights, these guys need to speak up for themselves as well.

Posted January 5, 2013 2:26 pm 


I switched channel after the final bell cause thought the fight was fairly unanimous..wat a shocker!!

Posted January 5, 2013 1:40 pm 


the first two rounds barthelemy was landing the jab at will timing usmanee everytime he was landing left hooks but u got to give usmanee credit for making adjustments and coming back he was throwing some good body shots on rance that hurt him but rance showed heart tho both fighters did usmanee should of won that tho no questions

Posted January 5, 2013 1:30 pm 


Good article

Posted January 5, 2013 1:10 pm 


Barthelemy looked unstoppable in the first two rounds. I still don’t know why he started fighting close in round 3. He looked pathetic from then until round 10. Starting at 10 thru 11 and 12 they were very close rounds. So at best Barthelemy wins 5 rounds.

Posted January 5, 2013 12:51 pm 


This disgraceful decision was more than incompetence on the part of the judges.

Posted January 5, 2013 11:51 am 


Jon Gonzalez is pure hype, he is slow of hand and foot with no power. He already got a gift decision last time out. When he fights a top 50 guy he will lose, unless the judges are in his promoters pockets again.

Posted January 5, 2013 10:07 am 

David B

A sickening display of out and out robbery, did the judges have masks?

Posted January 5, 2013 9:59 am 


until theres a governing body never have your fighter take a fight in texas or florida where I was told Wednesday may 16 2007 by a florida official “if a rounds close, we give it to the home town fighter” do you think those 3 judges have florida ties or Spanish relatives?

Posted January 5, 2013 9:53 am 

sonny bales

Looked like the Afgan dude was trying hard and maybe won but the Cuban started doing better when I turned off the sound. Teddy Atlas is impossible to listen to. His meglomania wrecks enjoyment of almost any fight. Also sick of the constant lionization of this supposed “master” trainer. Who exactly has he ever trained for any the length of time? His most famous moment was probably getting Michael Moorer knocked out by 100 year old George Foreman. This man is a self-created myth and a drearily repetitive commentator.

Posted January 5, 2013 7:59 am 

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