Miranda vs. Demers: The Night the Judges Got It Right

By Ted Sares: After 10 rounds of solid action, Colombian Dionisio “Mister Nocaut” Miranda (20-2-1) beat Canadian Sebastian “Double Trouble” Demers (25-2) in Demer’s home town of Montreal, Canada. While Demers used his jab effectively, landed more punches and was busier throughout, Miranda landed the cleaner and more effective shots, particularly when he connected with his big right hand. As analyst Teddy Atlas said, it was the quality of the Colombian’s punches versus the quantity of Demer’s, even though Teddy gave the edge to Demers 95-94.

I had the fight a draw, but the judges had it 95-94, 95-94 and 94-95 giving Mr. Nocaut (his spelling) a SD and the IBF International middleweight title and vacant NABA middleweight title. A knockdown of Demers in round nine counted heavily in giving Miranda the final edge in scoring.

All in all, it was a fan friendly fight, but wait, that’s not the real story here. The two judges who gave the fight to Miranda were Benoit Roussel and Pasquale Procopio, both from Canada. The judge who scored the fight 95-94 in favor of Demers was Joseph Pasquale from New Jersey. Say what?

On a night when “home cooking” seemed almost certain to be served, these fine judges went against the grain, remained objective and did their job as professionals. This one should be used as a training film on how to judge a fight, for on this steamy night at the Gare Windsor Salle des Pas Perdus in Montreal Quebec, Canada, the judges got it right.

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Article posted on 02.08.2008

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