That's what Lampley wanted it to be...it was a big "f you" to Showtime and to Hopkins for leaving and coming back...thinking he was going to beat their "boogie man".
The fight was nowhere close this "dominant shutout" that Lampley made it out to be. At the end of the day, you'd have to wonder if it had more to do with Hopkins trying to avoid Kovalev's right hand, or Kovalev imposing his will and dominating the fight.
They set him up nicely didn't they? Smiled in his face and then during the entire broadcast just basically made it seem like Bernard was a C-list fighter. All the while continuously propping up Kovalev, much like they do Golovkin, as the boogeyman.
I applaud Kovalev for his victory because that was impressive and a star making performance he put on this past Saturday night. I just think the HBO crew with the exception of RJJ were unfair and instead, being biased. Kovalev gets hurt numerous times and it's only called once by Kellerman. Lederman doesn't even give Bernard the round, which was the 7th I beleive, which was one of numerous occasions where Hopkins hurt Sergey and he commanded that round for the most part.
I don't think it was Hopkins trying to avoid the right or Kovalev imposing anything, I think he controlled the distance and made the fight progress how he and his team wanted it to. Notice how Kovalev would flurry with punches and then take a half step back. He was effectively moving in and out of range and resetting which didn't allow Hopkins to mount an offensive attack...I tell my fighters and I tell fans and whoever else that'll listen, you wanna win a fight? You could be a slugger or a boxer a counter puncher or a guy with a strong hook, but for you to win you have to negotiate distance.
As long as the distance is negotiated on your terms then you have just increased exponentially your odds of winning the fight and Kovalev did just that.....soon Lampley wil flow tears of sadness because Kovalev ain't going undefeated. He has some flaws that even in a great performance made him look very vulnerable going forward. Ain't no such thing as the boogeyman, HBO, John David Jackson, Duva, and Sergey will find that out in due time.
Edited by mrchitown, 13 November 2014 - 12:05 AM.