Yeah, so I saw Tarver vs. Kayode. First, I'd like to say Tarver did WAY better than I expected. He boxed effectively, he was able to cut off the ring, he blocked virtually ALL of Kayode's shots with the exception of a few right hands, and he landed the BOOM with his left hand. I thought Tarver won 7-5, or even 8-5, having won one or two early rounds, and all of later rounds (6-12). Sure, Tarver gave up the early rounds, but he did what he said he was going to do: let Kayode spend himself, though Kayode didn't get flustered. Many times during the fight I screamed at Tarver to let his hands go, and I don't know if it's his age, or his temperament, but he was very spare with his attacks UNTIL he was sure he would land them and that the timing was down and that the measuring was down. But he whooped some arse when he landed those straight lefts in the mid to late rounds, and had Kayode running and showboating. One criticism I have of the Showtime production was how LITTLE time they spent filming sequences in between rounds of the fighter's corner. Most of the time was listening to their obnoxious voices talk over or try to sound like experts. Kayode def. did not look like a winner when all the smiling and acting was done in between rounds. He looked tired and discouraged. I felt Tarver blocked MANY of Kayode's shots, if not also then bent over from the hip to the left to avoid the power right hands (and I liked a few instances when he caught the right with his left glove and threw a 1-2-3). Tarver did dictate the pace of the fight (more so in the 2nd half, the the first half he was slowing Kayode down, picking his shots, walking him down, and trying to nullify his offense which I thought he did) and I disagree with pple who had Kayode winning the 12th round. He only landed on GLOVES and ELBOWS, and Tarver was still landing cleanly thru the 12th.
This goes back to a constant criticism I have with judging and fighters who fight with a peek-a-boo: judges score blocked shots and shoe shining. To me, a blocked shot is as good as a punch that never landed: it doesn't count. If a fighter were to throw 8 punches at Floyd, and he slips, rolls, shoulder rolls, blocks, dips, and bobs thru all of them and lands a right hand not only would pple NOT count those shots that the other fighter threw, they'd say Floyd won the exchange and scored effectively. If a fighter threw 8 punches at Tarver, and he blocks 7 of them and slips the 8, and lands a straight left hand and maybe even a right hook then people would say "Tarver is being outworked, he needs to let his hands go." It's ridiculous to me. Winky suffered the same fate agst Taylor, and I don't care what other pple say, I still gave Winky the 12th round. Even in the 12th round Winky was "hitting and not getting hit." He landed the cleaner shots, he made Taylor miss or blocked all his shots, and he danced and showboated a little bit and moved on his toes more.
Other instances when shell or peek-a-boo fighters got screwed over by shoe shining: Penalosa vs. Gonzalez up until the stoppage, Clottey vs. Judah up until the stoppage (I don't know how anyone had Judah ahead when he wasn't even throwing his left hand b/c he was so discouraged), Cotto vs. Clottey, Johnson vs. Dawson 1, Winky vs. Taylor.
Either way, I'm glad Kayode didn't get the title. He looked amateurish. It's weird saying this is a "Roach fighter". They seem to be doing worse and worse, or pple have the 411 on how to beat them. Kayode also appeared cocky, and showboaty without the offense or the effectiveness to back it up. Besides the rant, and his great mock stagger (Clottey does a good one too!), I'd say I'm not longer a fan of him based on his boxing skills, the way he handled himself after the fight (I FUCK HE UP!), and esp. his cocky behavior IN THE RING which makes Floyd Mayweather look HUMBLE (in the ring). That's it. Have a nice day!