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Old 02-15-2008, 05:53 PM   #9
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Default Re: Was Hearns stopped prematurely against SRL?

Originally Posted by Bokaj
Hearns is stopped with about 1:17 left in the fourteenth round, while way ahead on points. He was badly hurt and might not had made it through the round even if the ref hadn't stopped it. But I don't feel he was defenseless and it doesn't seem impossible that he could have survived the round. And in that case he only would have the fifteenth to get through as well to secure a probable points victory. So was the ref premature in stopping it? What's your opinion?

By the way, what a boxer Hearns would have been with a stronger chin. He would easily been among the very best p4p IMO, probably isn't too far away as it stands.
Hearns wasn't way ahead on points, and he definently wouldn't have been at the end, Leonard had just had a 10-8 round previously and the 14th would have more than likely been 10-8. Hearns' legs were gone and they didn't look like being able to take another round of battering from Leonard who at that point just let it all out.
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