Another bad decision as "The Punisher" gets punished
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing (July 10, 2011) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © German Villasenor)
Paul Williams - Boxer
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing: Paul Williams was hoping an impressive victory would propel him to a rematch with the man who knocked him out eight months ago, middleweight champion Sergio Martinez. Instead, Williams (40-2, 27 KOs) received an early Christmas present as the three judges at ringside awarded him a majority decision over Erislandy Lara (15-1, 10 KOs) Saturday night at the Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

Lara, a big underdog, entered the fight with a plan. He would utilize his left just as Martinez had done last November. The plan worked like a charm as he clocked Williams over and over. The punches stunned Williams numerous times but the warrior from Aiken, South Carolina kept throwing punches of his own. Williams best rounds were four and five as he worked on the inside connecting with some hooks and uppercuts.

In round six, an accidental head butt did damage to both fighters. Williams eyelid was cut, and Lara had a knot on the left side of his head. The 28 year-old Cuban found his second wind in round seven, with that same devilish overhand left.

The trend continued through the championship rounds as the fresher Lara continued to land the harder shots. Williams looked battered and beaten. His face was a bloody mess with cuts over both eyes. Since the ninth round his trainer had been imploring him to go for the knockout. Williams tried, and did land but some punches, but they had no effect on Lara. At the final bell, Williams raised his hand slightly while Lara celebrated.

One judge had it 114-114, while the two other judges scored it for Williams, 115-114 and 116-114. HBO’s Harold Letterman had Lara the winner 117-111. The decision was booed by much of the crowd. This boxing scribe had it 116-112 for Lara.

Lara was stunned by the decision. “I don’t know what the judges saw.”

Williams made an attempt at explaining his victory. “The bottom line is I out-worked him. I started mixing it up and his pot shots didn’t phase me.”

Preliminaries: Rico Ramos (20-0, 11 KOs) knocked out defending champion Akifumi Shimoda (23-3, 10 KOs) with a vicious left hook in round seven. Ramos, the new WBA super bantamweight champion, was behind on the cards of all three judges at the time of the knockout.

Popular heavyweight Chris Arreola (33-2, 28 KOs) won a lopsided ten round decision over tough veteran Friday “The 13th” Ahunanga (24-8, 13 KOs). Ahaunaga, did put a little scare in Arreola in round four with a heavy right hand, but Arreola quickly recovered.

The always honest Arreola was not pleased with his performance.

"I'd like a shot at Klitschko," he told the USA Today after the fight. "But not after tonight's performance. It was one of the (worst) fights I've ever had."

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