|03-03-2008, 03:11 AM||#2|
East Side Guru
Join Date: Nov 2004
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.
Last edited by sweet_scientist; 03-03-2008 at 03:26 AM.