Originally Posted by Duodenum
The disastrous impact that this change had was instant. Bobby Chacon and Bazooka Limon boxed in the final 15 round match the WBC ever sanctioned, and Chacon's knockdown in the closing seconds of the electrifying 15th round decided the outcome. This action made it Ring Magazine's Fight of the Year, over Pryor/Arguello I.
Later, I watched one of the WBC's first truncated 12 round championship fights, for Arguello's vacated LW Title. Beyond any doubt, the only reason Rosario won was because that match was scheduled for the shortened distance. (The idea of Arguello boxing in a 12 round world championship match is unthinkable.)
The final stanza of the last 15 round championship match ever contested was also pivotal, as Jorge Paez dropped Calvin Grove to overtake him in the scoring, and win the IBF featherweight title 19 years ago.
If Hagler/Duran had been scheduled for 12 rounds, Duran would have dethoned Marv. Would SRL have outscored Hagler if that one had been scheduled for 15 rounds? (For that matter, would SRL have won his rematch with Hearns?) I can't swallow the idea of Salvador Sanchez, Danny Lopez, Carlos Palomino, or Victor Galindez fighting 12 round championship matches.
You could turn the IBHOF roster upside down if matches were all scheduled for 12 rounds. Would the FOTC still be the FOTC without the 15th round?
Would growth enhancing substances that inflate muscles and increase bulk while maintaining speed in ways with no precident in boxing still be a viable strategy for winning boxing championships, if title bouts were still scheduled for 15 rounds? (Wait until they cut the championship limit to ten rounds, with other main events scheduled for no more than eight. Within two years, boxers will look like Mr. Olympia contestants.)
Bottom line is that this is the only forum on ESB I have any involvement or interest in for reasons like this.
There are plenty of enthusiasts of boxing as it is today, and anybody who enjoys it has no reason to care about my lack of interest in it. (And who knows, maybe one day, I'll grow up, pull my head out of my butt, and accept the present as is. For the time being though, I'll just continue to reminisce about days gone by before my time.)
On another thread, "strangest boxing opinions" I shared my views. The following you certainly won't find strange in the slightest. With the weight of boxers being checked more intensely these days, also safer and more adequate equipment at ringside, 15 round championship fights should be brought back for a 12 month trial period.
The fatal outcome between Mancini and Kim was the beginging of the end for 15 round championship fights. But it wasn't only down to Kim struggling to make the weight for the fight, which no doubt was partly to blame for his lapse into a coma, but the WBA's crazy rating system which had him as the mandatory challenger for the title. Where did he come from?. He should never have been in the ring in the first place.
Its been well researched recently that large amounts of weight being taken off over a short period of time is extremely dangerous. Thats why boxers are now weight checked during camp leading up to fights by commissions and sanctioning bodies, so the weight is taken off in gradual stages. And looking back to gruellingly hard fought 15 round championship fights, combined with no weight checks, its spells fatality. DEHYDRATION.