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Old 03-02-2008, 08:31 PM   #1
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Default Hoya vs. Whitaker - How Did The Press...

And fans in general react to it?

Have the opinions changed in recent years?

Who was felt to of won it shortly afterwards?
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Old 03-03-2008, 02:11 AM   #2
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Default Re: Hoya vs. Whitaker - How Did The Press...

Not really qualified to answer this holistically, but i'll give the information that I have.

Press and others in the media that I know thought DLH won: William Detloff, Claude Abrahms, Jim Lampley.

Press and others in the media that I know thought Whitaker won: Mike Katz, Al Bernstein, Ron Borges, Steve Farhood, Larry Merchant, Max Kellerman, Roy Jones.

Not really a good indication of how the media had it. I know MDWC has told me that ABC and CNN had Whitaker ahead but I'm not sure who was voting there on their behalf.

Jim Lampley has said that a ringside poll of scribes after the fight had Whitaker by a slight majority. I don't know what slight means there though. Could mean 1 person it could mean a lot more.

How did the fans react to it? Most fans I think were pretty surprised by the wide scores of the fight and felt they were pretty unjustifiable, but most fans felt that it was a close fight that could have gone either way and there wasn't much of a robbery call after it.

I think if a poll was conducted with much of the general public that saw the fight included, the majority might have had DLH winning.

A pretty comprehensive poll done on the fight here about a year ago with over 100 voters had about 45 percent thinking Whitaker won, 40 percent thinking DLH won and about 15 percent thinking it should have been a draw. I'd dare say that figure would be about right across most boxing forums.

Most felt the fight was in any case close enough to warrant a rematch but some were not interested in seeing it again given the tactical nature of the first fight and the likely reproduction of the same result.

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