Juan Diaz and Paulie Malignaggi fought last night on HBO's Boxing After Dark. Malignaggi lost a very controversial unanimous decision to Diaz, the hometown fighter in Houston, Texas. David Sutherland scored the fight 116-112, Raul Caiz scored it 115-113 and Gale Van Hoy scored it 118-110, obviously all in favor of Diaz.
After the fight, Malignaggi had some strong words for the judges, and boxing in general. Max Kellerman tried to reign him in, probably for his own good, but Malignaggi was not to be stopped. He was quite
The NY Daily News certainly isn't unbiased either, as Malignaggi is from Brooklyn, but they pointed out some interesting facts that skewed the fight towards Diaz from the beginning:
I was unable to watch the fight live, but HBO was gracious enough to show it about 47 times today, and I believe Malignaggi has a very legitimate point. It appeared as though he won at least 5 of the rounds, and you could make a case that he won between 1-3 of the others, depending on how you saw it. There is now way, however, that anyone could ever justify giving 10 of the rounds to Diaz, as Gale Van Hoy did.
Boxing has been known for corruption for decades, and if anyone thinks that it has changed, then think again. This fight was a perfect example, and kudos to Malignaggi for his candor, even if it was just a last-ditch effort to save his career.