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Still talking about that bad decision

Updated: November 17, 2007, 9:48 AM ET
By Dan Rafael
Your weekly random thoughts …

• Maybe I'm beating a dead horse here, but the decision in Saturday night's Joel Casamayor-Jose Armando Santa Cruz lightweight championship fight was the single worst decision I have ever witnessed from ringside. I had it 119-108, a score that was in the same ballpark with every single other person I could find. I could not find anyone who gave Casamayor more than three rounds. It was just disgusting. Bad decisions -- a horrific one in this case -- really hurt boxing. Casamayor has been an excellent champion during his career, but now he's totally shot at age 36. Poor Santa Cruz manhandled him and got robbed in front of the world. He deserved better. So did all of us. Now, the WBC, which recognizes Casamayor as an interim champion (that's a ridiculous story for another day) has ordered an immediate rematch. That's all well and good, but the fight was awful because of Casamayor's clutching, running, stinking style. Who would pay to watch a rematch? And what TV network would be dumb enough to buy it? And, by the way, this horrible decision in Casamayor's favor more than makes up for the decisions he has (wrongly) complained about losing to Acelino "Popo" Freitas, Diego "Chico" Corrales (the second fight) and Jose Luis Castillo and a draw with "Kid Diamond" Almazbek Raiymkulov. I thought Casamayor lost every one of them and I thought Santa Cruz whipped him.

• I've seen some amusing things at press conferences and some downright bizarre things (how about Mike Tyson biting Lennox Lewis' leg at a press conference in New York?). But last week I saw something I had never seen and I couldn't help but chuckle. Don King, the huckster of all hucksters, conducted a press conference to announce the Jan. 19 fight between Felix "Tito" Trinidad and Roy Jones Jr. dressed in a Santa Claus outfit. Ho, ho, ho! Only in America. I don't make these things up. It was quite a sight. And, to tell you the truth, DK looked like he was having fun.

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