Okay, this is ridiculous. I'm too sleepy now. I've been a stretch of 3 days with very little sleep. I'm going to lay down and if I fall asleep, so be it. This is stupid that these fights are getting later and later.
Rewatched and re-scored the Hogan-Munguia fight. I had it 116-112 for Hogan. 115-113 might be a more reasonable score, considering there was one or two swing rounds in the fight though. However, you would have be reaching to give Munguia a decision win or even a draw and that 116-112 scorecard for Munguia just reeks of corruption. Really thought Hogan gave a great performance there. He's as crafty as they come, and showed good movement and timing to pick Munguia off as he came in. He was well able to smother Munguia's work when needed also and that, along with a few subtle dirty tricks worked well to frustrate Munguia. I don't think this was a case of it being an off night for Munguia either. He clearly had trouble with Hogan's style and gameplan and he showed just how one dimensional he is when face with a crafty boxer who can take his shots. I think he'll have just as bother with Hogan in the rematch (which will never happen).
On to another point though, Hogan's poise and belief in such a big fight was what impressed me the most last night. He clearly gave zero fucks about the occasion, the venue or the opponent and was just totally confident in executing his gameplan. You know when British or Irish fighters, completely unknown at world level, take massive step ups against top level operators and you've got a feeling of dread about it? Then they go out there like a rabbit in the headlights and are totally outclassed and destroyed? Well that's what I thought would happen to Hogan, like it did in Crolla-Loma, Hyland-Russell, Jennings-Cotto, McDonnell-Inoue etc etc. Credit to Hogan though, he's come from being totally unheralded, like fellow Irish based Aussie TJ Doheny to a legit world level operator and rightful world champion. Just goes to show, you don't always need to be a top amateur, have a big name promoter/manager/coach behind you or even access to the training resources you get in America or Britain to be a world class fighter. The likes of Doheny and Hogan have just grinded their way to world title level and its great to see.