I'm not going to say that this was the worst decision that I've ever seen in boxing history, because there have been some really, really awful ones, but it is difficult to get much worse than that.
Lara had Williams beaten and battered by Round 8, to the point where I was literally flinching and wincing every time one of those straight lefts snapped Paul's head back.
Let's be clear... Lara didn't just 'win' this fight... He quite literally beat up Williams. I'd really like to have a conversation with those judges to hear exactly how they came up with those scores.
The term 'robbery' is overused in boxing and, a lot of times, totally misused. There are fights that may seem to be favoring one guy, but a lot of close rounds can lead the judges to favor a particular style over a guy that is winning his rounds more clearly. This was not one of those fights and, yes... The term 'robbery' most definitely applies.
One judge had it 116-114 for Williams...
I would really like to hear his rationale on that score, in particular. What a joke.
The worst decision I have ever seen is Courtney Burton's SD win over Emanuel Augustus several years ago. This one isn't quite as bad as that one, but it isn't far off.
Another thing... The notion that guys like Mayweather and Pacquiao were 'afraid' of Williams or that he is/was the most feared guy in boxing is an utter joke. Those guys didn't fight him years ago because it made no sense to. He wasn't a draw and, at the end of the day, this is a business.
But, Williams always had flaws. Can you imagine what Pacquiao's straight left would do to Williams? It would be worse than what he did to Hatton.
And, can you imagine Floyd countering those wild, looping inside shots? Or, him catching Paul with shots as he rushes inside?
It is sort of funny that the two most 'feared' guys from a few years ago (Williams and Margarito) have been completely and totally exposed as inherently flawed.