Woods Wins Nonsensical Decision Over Johnson

02.09.06 - By Justin Waterman: After twelve rounds of mauling, brawling action, Clinton Woods was adjudged a split decision winner over "Road Warrior", Glen Johnson. The last three rounds were nip and tuck as Woods desperately tried to rally on the scorecards after a disasterous ninth, when he was almost stopped on multiple occasions.. On my scorecard, Johnson stole the tenth, while the eleventh was a nightmare to judge, and Woods seemed to win the twelfth going away. Even with the Englishman’s fast finish, the fight was won during the middle rounds, when Johnson whacked home his overhand right every time he threw.

Make no mistake, the fight was entertaining and competitive all the way, but there seemed no denying that the victory should have been unanimous, and in the challengers favor. While Woods was resting, Johnson was landing. While Woods was blocking, Johnson was throwing. While Woods was moving, Johnson was pursuing. It remains unclear what scoring guidelines the two judges who scored for Woods were using, but in my book, clean punches + solid defense + effective aggression + work rate = clear cut, decisive victory.

This dog end victory marks another black eye for British boxing. When will my mates learn to judge properly and give the winner his due? Oh for the days of Alan Minter and Jimmy Wilde.

Article posted on 03.09.2006

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