After watching last nights fights I can't figure out what fight Lampley,
Stewart and Ledderman were watching. It was a great fight and very
exciting. I am all in favor of a rematch but when I look at this fight
round by round Toney has it all over Jirov. The HBO crew were not giving
Toney credit for his excellent defense. Sure Jirov had a high punch output
but he was hitting Toney's gloves, shoulders while Toney was rolling with
the punches. Toney was pretty much landing at will. Toney had 50% plus
more landed punches than Jirov and he knocked Jirov down not to mention the
fact that Jirov also had a point deducted for a low blow. It is no wonder
that the judges gave the fight to Toney by the margins they did. I will
admit that a lot of those rounds were close but they were definately Toney's
Even in the rounds that Jirov won he was still playing right into Toney's
hand because he was expending to much energy for what little he did get
accomplished against Toney. I wish Merchant had been there last night
because I think he would have put Harold Ledderman in his place and told him
how to score a fight. Lampley doesn't know how to do an interview IMO.
Lampley looked intimidated by Toney and scared to press the hard questions.
If Merchant had been there we would have seen Toney have to answer some
tough questions. I would have like to hear Vasili Jirov's view of the
fight. Overall this was definately fight of the year but it was not a
robbery or even a questionable decision by a long shot.