Roger Mayweather vs Harold Brazier

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Roger Mayweather vs Harold Brazier
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Date: 
Monday, June 6, 1988
Location: 
Las Vegas Hilton, Hilton Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
140
Titles at Stake: 
WBC Light Welterweight Title
Referee: 
Carlos Padilla

Official Judging
Carol Castellano 116 - 111
Arlen Bynum 114 - 113
Abraham Chavarria 115 - 116

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Harold Brazier, in his biggest fight to date, had the champion Mayweather practically out on his feet in rounds just about every one of the last four rounds. However, Brazier never followed up and finished Mayweather. Later stated by the unsuccessful challenger Brazier, "I had him in the palm of my hands." But it was Mayweather who battled back ferociously enough from those poundings to gain a victory. However, Brazier nevertheless made a great showing and he soon received a second shot at a world title, this time against Juan Martin Coggi, which he lost in more convincing fashion.




Fan Cards: Roger Mayweather vs Harold Brazier


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Round
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Total
ROGER MAYWEATHER
10
10
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9
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10
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9
116
HAROLD BRAZIER
9
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10
9
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10
10
10
10
10
114


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This fight is somewhat entertaining to watch, yet at the same time somewhat frustrating.

The crowd booed the 116-111 score for Mayweather but frankly Brazier brought it onto himself. He was hideously inactive. He had a good game plan, but he was too cautious to be really successful with it.

Roger Mayweather could crack, obviously having a good defense is necessary. Roger Mayweather tended to backpedal or move laterally, he could be 'walked down'. The logical answer for Brazier was to put up a high guard and stalk Mayweather to the ropes.

Brazer did that, but he forgot after pushing Mayweather to the ropes he need to attack and hurt the champion. As a result, while Brazier's high guard did block a lot of Mayweather's shots, Mayweather had little trouble sneaking in punches from the holes in the guard. In fact, this was how Mayweather won his rounds on my scorecard: Brazier was too inactive and Mayweather significantly out-landed him.

In the later rounds, Brazier would suddenly open up and go all-out offense when the rounds were about to end. Generally I HATE it when fighters threw some meaningless love-tap flurries near the end of a round in an attempt to steal a round they didn't win. To Brazier's credit, he did manage to land some hard shots on Mayweather when he opened up at the last few seconds. But I still think he opened up too late. Brazier's eleventh-hour aggression is responsible for winning or drawing his rounds before round 11.

In round 11 and 12 Brazier finally started fighting for real and he had Mayweather hurt quite badly. However, Brazier could not stop Mayweather within the 2 rounds.

The culmination of my frustration with Brazier occurred at the end of round 12, Mayweather was so wobbled and clammy a light tap would have floored him but Brazier himself could not muster enough energy to land another hit on Mayweather and the bell rang.

The belt was right in front of Brazier, he just had to grasp it. He didn't.

The reason why Brazier could not muster the energy was ironically, his own inactivity. He stalked Mayweather to the ropes but didn't punch with Mayweather, as a result he made himself a human punching bag. After 10 rounds of mostly acting as a human punching bag, Brazier was exhausted too.

Brazier came so close to winning the title, but because of his own mistake he failed. Brazier could have turned his career around if only he was a little more aggressive!

Massive credit to Roger Mayweather, for when shit hits the fan he displayed the heart of a true champion. Mayweather was always chinny and he ate some hard shots in this fight, at various points his legs were all wobbly and clammy but somehow he stood up and weathered the storm to earn the decision he rightly deserved.

In contrast, Brazier failed to display the eagerness of a true challenger. This was not about that 'bring the fight to the champion' bullshit, but about actually landing shots to win rounds and hurt the opponent. Round 11 was by far Brazier's best round, if only he fought more rounds like that not only could he earn the decision he might even be able to stop Mayweather.

And so, Brazier went back to fighting mostly unknown opponents. The year after this fight He would receive another title shot and once again lose by decision. Eventually, his amassed an impressive looking career record of 105-18-1, except most boxing fans have not heard of him. If only he was a little more aggressive, he could have changed history and be better remembered as a WBC Junior Welterweight titlist.