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Monday, August 16, 2010

No Holds Barred: John Perretti Critiques Pascal-Dawson and Arreola-Quezada 

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On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with former world kickboxing champion, former UFC and Extreme Fighting matchmaker, and our senior correspondent, John Perretti, about the Jean Pascal-Chad Dawson and Cris Arreola-Manny Quezada fights from this past weekend.

After falling behind on the scorecards, Chad Dawson stepped up his attack against Jean Pascal in the eleventh round of their fight on Saturday, August 14, at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Dawson landed a solid left uppercut that staggered Pascal, who then tried to retreat. A little later in the round, Dawson, a left-handed fighter, and Pascal, a right-handed fighter, clashed heads, opening a wide and bloody cut over Dawson's right eye. On the advice of the ringside physician, referee Michael Griffin, who had ruled the head butt accidental, stopped the fight, and by rule it went to the scorecards.

Few were surprised that all three judges had it for Pascal, who, with this technical decision, successfully defended his WBC light heavyweight title and improved his record to 26-1 with 16 KOs. This was the first professional loss for Dawson, whose record fell to 29-1 with 17 KOs.

But was this fight-ending head butt accidental, or was it intentional by Pascal, as Dawson and his camp charged after the fight? The latter verdict would have meant that the popular, Montreal-based Pascal would have been disqualified in his hometown and in a fight he was winning through the first ten rounds.

John Perretti argues that not only was the head butt by Pascal "premeditated" to save himself from losing or even being knocked out, but that he "drags it and points his forehead across that eye and cuts him wide open."

We discuss this fight and the controversy surrounding it in-depth, as well as another week of atrocious announcing by the HBO "dinosaur" crew.

Also, on Friday, August 13, heavyweights and training partners Cris Arreola and Manny Quezada fought at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California, in the main event on ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights". With both fighters coming off losses, this fight seemed designed to showcase Arreola and get him another major fight following losses to WBC champ Vitali Klitschko and former cruiserweight champ Tomasz Adamek.

While Arreola did win a unanimous 12-round decision against the smaller and older Quezada, and up his record to 29-2 with 25 KOs, once again he looked unimpressive and out-of-shape, and even displayed little power.

What does this all mean for the boxing career of Arreola, and the sport of boxing in America? We discuss these issues as well, offering conclusions that are dire about the future of this declining and self-destructing sport.

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