The manager of Erislandy Lara has demanded that HBO order a rematch between his fighter and Paul Williams. Williams got a massive gift victory due to horrible judging in Atlantic City last night, with most feeling that Lara dominated the match and should have won by wide scores.
Here's what Luis DeCubas told BoxingScene.com:
"If Paul Williams, George Peterson or any member of his team have any type of respect and dignity for the sport of boxing, they will fight a rematch. ... We will see if Paul Williams has any manhood, heart, class or respect, by granting Lara a much deserved rematch. Judges like that ruin the sport that I love so very much. HBO has to do the right thing for the sport..."
Honestly, though, I really have no interest in seeing a rematch. First of all, the judges need to be held accountable, but since they almost surely won't be -- since they never are -- the fact is that boxing fans just need to chalk this up as being exactly what it was, and accept that Erislandy Lara proved himself on the big stage, and Paul Williams looked like a worn-out, busted fighter.
Is anyone really dying to see Paul Williams again after last night? He had no zip on his punches, looked exhausted by the middle of the fight, and was just plain getting beaten up in there. He looked awful in his corner between rounds. Robbery aside -- not that it should be brushed aside -- Williams looked terrible in this fight and it's worth wondering how much he has left, if anything.
To put it another way: Does he even deserve a rematch with Lara?