Boxing is often referred to as the cruelest sport. While that is a major factor in the decisive features of the game in the ring – it greatly affects it on the outside as well. Here is my list of the five un-luckiest fighters regularly scorned by this very issue.
5. Lucas Matthysse
The application of this may be invalid through his recent K.O. victories over Lamont Peterson, Humberto Soto, Olusegun Ajose, and Mike Dallas Jr, but Lucas Matthysse has been on the sore-side of boxing politics too many times. He’d be rightfully undefeated if justice took place. It’s also rather disappointing that amongst casual fans he is still much less of a name than Amir Khan or Danny Garcia – despite arguably holding much more actual talent.
4. Steve Cunningham
From facing stomach-turning robberies against Tomasz Adamek (2nd fight) and Kryzstof Wlodarczyk (1st fight) to being fouled-and-finished against Tyson Fury at Heavyweight, Cunningham never gets a fair shake – or even a well-earned break. He’s a good man who refuses to duck even the most undeserving foe – yet that’s just how things go for USS. Judges don’t like his sharp, precise work. One can only guess why…..
3. Dhafir Smith
With the exception of the semi-retired veteran Emmanuel Augustus, I couldn’t name a boxer who has had more atrocious decisions going against him. Yet again earlier this year he “lost” his Pennsylvanian state title against Anthony Caputo Smith (no relation) in a fight where the bruising on the face of Caputo showed just who was actually the beaten man in the ring that night.
2. Erislandy Lara
Erislandy Lara is a quick handed mover who is nearly impossible to hit. Following the Cuban boxing prodigies he also boxes with the evasive techniques of a matador. Unfortunately, this doesn’t help him with the judges as demonstrated in a 2011 decision “loss” to Paul Williams and a close draw with Vanes Martirosyan in 2012. Luckily, he learned his lesson, turning in a much needed stoppage of Alfredo Angulo – a fight he was (wrongfully) behind in.
1. Guillermo Rigondeaux
First place was hard to set. It really was. There were men whose careers have been limited due to promotional disputes (Denis Boytsov, Guillermo Jones), men who suffered from robberies as galore, but there is nothing worse to me than a great fighter who is not ever appreciated.
Nonito Donaire was a pound-for-pound star, possibly lined up as the next pinoy boxing great. Rigondeaux made him dizzy and confused for 12 rounds and won a clear decision. “Rigo” is the next Cuban star. He should be ranked in everyone’s top five pound-for-pound. Yet all he gets is the television broadcast networks calling him a “boring” fighter and refusing him air time. That is a shame in the sport of boxing.