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some dude

looked like Johnson didn’t realize he’d been stopped for a few seconds. His eyes were glassed over. Okay stoppage.

Posted April 7, 2014 2:14 pm 


Hidalgo

“Having said that, if you don’t want this to happen, Johnson should improve his defense and stay focused and alert all 10 rounds.”

That pretty much sums it up, Love-the-sport. Tureano had to have known that he was way ahead on the cards. He should have been cautiously dancing away the time in the 10th round, but he got careless and paid for it.

I bet there will still be a rematch since it was such a great fight and it had a controversial ending.

Posted April 7, 2014 12:20 pm 


mack

This was a great fight, but I thought the stoppage was a little quick, but I have the benefit of replay and hindsight.
Maybe NBC can work for a return fight, but that was Johnson’s night. Who can say if he can do it again?

Posted April 7, 2014 7:48 am 


piechucker

I thought the stoppage was a good one, perhaps a few seconds premature, but a good stoppage nonetheless

Posted April 7, 2014 12:32 am 


PEEJ

Problem is he was caught earlier in the fight and was able to survive and throw punches back. This time he wasn’t afforded that chance of doing it. Him leaning against the ropes can’t be called a knockdown because he never fail against them to were it held him up. He just walked backwards and leaned on them. There needs to be a rematch though. Maybe Stevens can come more prepared because he wasn’t ready for this type of fight. And why did he keep shaking his arms?

Posted April 6, 2014 9:38 am 


Love-the-Sport

This was a quick stoppage — and Johnson was way ahead in the fight.

Having said that, if you don’t want this to happen, Johnson should improve his defense and stay focused and alert all 10 rounds.

He got caught — NO ONE CAN DENY THAT — he got caught with a big punch and he was hurt.

Referee was way too quick — but the solution next time is to NOT GET CAUGHT.

The outcome is academic if Johnson had better defense.

Posted April 6, 2014 8:51 am 


Goomba

boxtradamus- stfu, you nerdy wimp.

Posted April 6, 2014 2:26 am 


badger

well maybe at his gym in the burbs.

Posted April 6, 2014 12:36 am 


badger

mike s never boxed .

Posted April 6, 2014 12:36 am 


badger

agree with Shaw. poor ref, boxing disgrace.

Posted April 6, 2014 12:35 am 


Octavius Jomar Chatman

He should have taken a knee; but that comes with experience!!!!

Posted April 5, 2014 6:20 pm 


1-2

Great back and forth fight at close quarters! Hats off to both warriors. That said Johnson should no way have fought the last round like that and he and his corner are to blame for that. I still don’t know why they abandoned the standing 8 count. This would have been the perfect time for it.

Posted April 5, 2014 6:19 pm 


Branden Johnson

Johnson was winning every roube but 3-7-10 out off ten he took a great punch but was not given the chance to defend himself it is not fair Johnson only had 3 weeks of training he my brother I know if Reno was 100 percent the world would really love him Stevens is a big puncher but he met his match rematch needed

Posted April 5, 2014 5:34 pm 


Squared-Circle Real Talk (a.k.a. LionKing)

There was about a minute left in the round, so even if Johnson would’ve somehow beat the count, Stevens would’ve swarmed him and dropped a flurry of BOMBS — and won by either brutal KTFO or forcing the ref to stop it. Considering that Johnson was hurt that badly, and there was that much time left in round, the stoppage was inevitable. Complain all you want, but the end result would’ve been the same.

Posted April 5, 2014 5:32 pm 


Hidalg0

It was the last round. Ref should have allowed the fight to continue as there was less than a minute left in the fight. Johnson was leaning on the ropes. Call the knockdown, give the count, let the fight resume. Johnson got ripped off.

Posted April 5, 2014 4:42 pm 


Anonymous

Shame Smoger didn’t work this fight. Johnson was robbed a chance a surviving the round.

Posted April 5, 2014 3:56 pm 


Tomato Can

Like I already mentioned, Johnson was hurt and should have taken a knee. He was so set on not getting knocked down that it cost him the fight. On the other hand Stevens hung in there after getting out worked all night, and got the job done. still the ref jumped in there rather quick. But that could have helped Johnson more than any of us know.

Posted April 5, 2014 1:59 pm 


’76 Olympic Team

It was unfortunate for Johnson…so close to a victory…but he was done, and it’s always best to err on the side of safety. Always.

Posted April 5, 2014 1:42 pm 


’76 Olympic Team

I enjoy a good ‘phone booth’ fight once in a while.
Will that be long distance or local?

Posted April 5, 2014 1:38 pm 


Mika

No doubt about it there is a rematch needed. Yes Tureano was taking some hard blows but the fight was stopped prematurely. Through out the fight he was able take an counter every punch Stevens threw. The ref was too quick its obvious, a rematch us the only way to settle this for the boxers and the fans

Posted April 5, 2014 12:19 pm 


Bolo

Props to johnson he came to fight and he has put his self in good position to get some decent to high profile fights. Props to stevens to this is the type fight that you would expect him to fall apart or quit in. He tough it out went toe 2 toe and got the stoppage. Him against kirkland would be awesome on hbo hell johnson vs kirkland would be great to.

Posted April 5, 2014 12:17 pm 


Livershot

Tough call, as a fan I say let him continue, as a physician I’d have to really look in his eyes to call the fight on the side of the fighters well being. That’s why I marvel at the slick boxers like Mayweather and I cringe at the Joe Frazier like fighters that have to take a few to get on the inside. They have heart and soul to fight like that but they pay for it later in life with slurred speech and motor function skills. Refs have a tough job making that call, then have to explain their decision after that. Joe Smoker lets them fight until someone is out or completely defenseless, Jay Bayless really looks out for the fighter and only stops it if he see’s the fighter taking a beating where Smoker might let it go a bit longer. Mills Lane was great and Joe Cortez had some trouble controlling some fight towards the end of his career. Good Refs are hard to come by like good judges, you never know until the moment of truth comes. That being said, regulating boxing is long over due, so is a boxing pension for these guys that never make it to PPV or the elite status of the sport.

Posted April 5, 2014 11:10 am 


varnish

Both great fights!

Posted April 5, 2014 10:13 am 


Squared-Circle Real Talk (a.k.a. LionKing)

Murderman & Mick: Thanks brothers! Preaching to the choir is easy when they’ve actually experienced a KO and/or a couple concussions. It’s not so easy to get through to the keyboard warriors and armchair jockeys who’ve never experienced the brutal violence and aftermath of such injuries.

CurlyQ.Howard is hitting the nail right on the head. Johnson was out on his feet and continuing to take really hard shots from a BIG puncher without firing back or competently defending himself. And his head was repeatedly snapping back in a violent, scary manner. Two or three more power shots from Stevens and he could’ve been seriously injured. What ref would want that tragedy on his conscience in this day and age? If the fighters and fans want a rematch, great! But that stoppage, even if slightly premature, was not a robbery.

Posted April 5, 2014 10:08 am 


Squared-Circle Real Talk (a.k.a. LionKing)

Truth Teller/MEXICALI: Why don’t you show some self-respect and courage by addressing me with your real handle instead of hiding behind fake alts/names — like a little tike hiding behind his mommie’s skirt with his hairless, baby nutz firmly tucked in between his legs? No need to expose your make-shift v@gin@ to all the old regulars and newbies on ESB. Bha, ha, ha, ha ha!!!

Posted April 5, 2014 9:48 am 


PEEJ

Not sure if he would of been stopped or not. He was able to take Curtis punches all night. It was a quick stoppage but he did look worse than the other times he he was hit hard and clean. There needs to be a rematch though

Posted April 5, 2014 8:38 am 


CurlyQ.Howard

Fans could argue early stoppage, but Johnson was being battered and not firing back (and it did not appear to me that Johnson would be able to defend himself let alone fight back). It was certainly at contrast with how he, Johnson, had been fighting prior to being tagged, and that contrast certainly influenced the ref. A rematch as soon as possible will be the best for both fans and fighters.

Posted April 5, 2014 8:27 am 


CurlyQ.Howard

You could argue early stoppage, but Johnson was being battered and not firing back (and it did not appear to me that Johnson would be able to defend himself let alone fight back). It was certainly at contrast with how he, Johnson, had been fighting prior to being tagged, and that contrast certainly influenced the ref. A rematch as soon as possible will be the best for both fans and fighters.

Posted April 5, 2014 8:26 am 


MEXICALI

Truth Teller

SC – “I’d rather see a slightly premature stoppage than see a fighter become victim of a permanent traumatic brain injury, or even death, in the ring.”

Says the guy who violently challenges anyone who disagrees with his points-of-view. Often asking for a meeting place in which he expects to die or kill for his vacuous cause. Can anyone say ‘Hypocrite’? Hahahaha
Posted April 5, 2014 3:57 am

TRUE DIS

AB Im coming for you … Diego De La Hoya

Posted April 5, 2014 5:38 am 


murderman

@ sc – right on! Preach brother!

Posted April 5, 2014 5:31 am 


Jb221

I think he was taking some hard shots he should have took a knee I thought it was a little early but the ref did his job rematch definitely

Posted April 5, 2014 4:37 am 


Mick the Marmalizer

Lion king: Agreed mate, however there can be arguments regarding premature stoppages as with the Froch/Groves fiasco. I can’t comment on the Johnson/Stevens fight until I see it & look forward to judging it for myself.

Posted April 5, 2014 4:01 am 


Truth Teller

SC – “I’d rather see a slightly premature stoppage than see a fighter become victim of a permanent traumatic brain injury, or even death, in the ring.”

Says the guy who violently challenges anyone who disagrees with his points-of-view. Often asking for a meeting place in which he expects to die or kill for his vacuous cause. Can anyone say ‘Hypocrite’? Hahahaha

Posted April 5, 2014 3:57 am 


Squared-Circle Real Talk (a.k.a. LionKing)

Truth is that Johnson was totally out on his feet taking very hard shots, and was in the process of being knocked down and out. Complain all you want and call it a premature stoppage if you wish, but the end result would’ve been the same. I’d rather see a slightly premature stoppage than see a fighter become victim of a permanent traumatic brain injury, or even death, in the ring. Too many blood thirsty boxing fans haven’t learned anything about the seriousness of these type of injuries since the 70s and 80s. But the science behind these injuries has improved a h3ll of a lot since then. A ref’s #1 responsibility is to respect the health and well being of the fighters.

Posted April 5, 2014 3:40 am 


Mick the Marmalizer

Off subject: By all accounts UK light-middleweight Iain Weaver was on the wrong end of a bad decision @ New Jersey last night against Wenzell Ellison. Did anyone see it?

Posted April 5, 2014 3:39 am 


Tomato Jones

You right @mike s, Rematch yes, Robbery no

Posted April 5, 2014 2:29 am 


Tomato Can

Perhaps that was his down fall, cause he should have taken a knee in the 12th.

Posted April 5, 2014 2:23 am 


“Paparazzi” Jones

I thought the referee gave Johnson a short hook, but I cringe every time I hear folks use the word “robbery” when there is what could be interpreted as a premature stoppage.

This was NO robbery.

I thought Johnson was winning the fight and I still don’t know why he decided to stand his ground in the final round. He has only himself to blame. Though I believe that TJ could have continued if he’d be allowed to (I don’t think he was in dire straits), I’ll trust the referee’s judgment here.

After watching this bout, I’m all for a Stevens-Kirkland scrap and/or a Stevens-Johnson rematch. Now that I think about it, I wouldn’t mind seeing Kirkland-Johnson. But the compubox folks had better get their 5-hour energy shots before that one because they’ll be busy during that fight.

Posted April 5, 2014 2:21 am 


Mika

This was obviously a quick stoppage Taureano was definitely winning, a rematch is needed

Posted April 5, 2014 2:14 am 


Tomato Can

Johnson was getting hammered on, but he deserved the chance to weather the storm. That was a quick stoppage, the reason being, although Johnson took some hard shots throughout the bout, it wasn’t like he was taking them all night, and he was doing more than enough to win that fight… Prior to the fight Johnson said no matter what he gets hit with he’s not going down. Perhaps that was his down fall, cause he should have taken a knee in the tenth. If he would have done that, he would have won.

Posted April 5, 2014 2:13 am 


Hecdog

Naw, I don’t think he was robbed. He was definitely winning the fight, but he got caught with the hook, and he could have been seriously hurt. His legs and body weren’t there. Why on earth was he still trying to slug it out. He had the victory in his hands. No robbery IMO.

Posted April 5, 2014 1:37 am 



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