Kotelnik robbed as Alexander wins controversial decision
By DJ Spanksta: Last Night, Saturday, August 8th, 2010 at the Scottsdale Center in St. Louis, Missouri (Devon Alexander’s hometown) Devon Alexander (21-0 13 KO) received a gift decision against Andriy Kotelnik (31-4). Devon Alexander threw more punches, but Andriy Kotelnik landed more punches. In addition and more important than any stat HBO gives us, Kotelnik landed the more EFFECTIVE punches. Devon Alexander received a 116-112 (8 rounds to 4 rounds) unanimous decision on all 3 score cards over Andriy Kotelnik.
I knew Kotelnik was going to lose this fight one way or the other. He was fighting for in Devon’s hometown and Don King (Devon’s promoter) was the promoter of the show. HBO, once again, used their technical “Compubox” punchstat numbers and the new and improved “Punchzone” to analyze this fight. It is clear that nobody in the HBO broadcast has ever been in a fight and that is why they are turning the analysis of these fights using computers to tell the stories of fights. THIS IS ABSURD! Fighting, whether it is boxing or UFC, is a very non-technical and gritty art form. You can’t keep saying: “The numbers show Alexander is busier” and think you know what you are talking about with a fight. Watch the replay of this fight. Look at how Alexander’s whole body reacted everytime Kotelnik hit him clean. Look at Devon’s slouching body language when he went to his corner and then look at Alexander’s positive energy. Look at how Devon had to sit on his stool when the FIGHT WAS OVER. Also note how Devon could barely talk in his post-fight interview. “I, I..I…I wanttttt tttooo figgghhhtt Tiiimmm Brrraddlleey” He could barely even lift up that phone shirt. The reason for all these is Kotelnik just kicked the crap out of him. News flash to HBO, Devon’s pitter-patter punches, whether they land or not do not hurt as much as Kotelnik’s clean effective blows. If you don’t believe me, be a man, step in the ring and see what I am talking about.
Another thing, I really want to see a reply of the “accidental headbutt” that Kotelnik hit Alexander with. Throughout the whole fight I did not see Kotelnik once use his head in a lunging fashion. I have never seen a fighter more protected by the ref, the judges and the announcing crew. HBO did not even interview Kotelnik, who put on a great performance with all odds stacked against him. Kudos, to Max Kellerman who at least pointed out the many shots Kotelnik landed.
It is really sad to see these types of things STILL happening in boxing. There really has to be a commission formed that is not influenced in any way by promoters or hometown fights. It is no wonder why so many people who don’t watch boxing say…Boxing is fixed. They are right. HBO is full of it, And the promoters run everything.
I never even saw Kotelnik fight before this, but I am truly a fan of him now. He came to Alexander’s hometown, in front of his promoter, Mayweather and Holyfield and beat Alexander from pillar to post. The sport of boxing is worse than political elections in the US. The sport is more in line with the political elections of IRAN and South American countries where the winner wins before the election (fight) even occurs.
One word to describe the decision and HBO’s “technical” analysis: DISGUSTED!