It turns out Erislandy Lara isn’t the only one who wants a rematch with Paul Williams. Lara’s promoter, Golden Boy, cried foul Monday and issued a statement demanding a rematch.
Williams, who appeared to be on his way to a one-sided, losing decision, won a majority decision (114-114; 115-114; 116-114). Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer was not at all pleased with the result.
Said Schaefer: “When you see a young undefeated star convincingly win almost every round against one of the best fighters in the world and then have the judges take the fight away from him, it's very disturbing, not only as his promoter, but also as a boxing fan. The CompuBox statistics alone indicate who the winner of this fight was...Lara landed 42% of his total punches to Williams 19%. Further indication come when examining the power punch statistics as landed Lara landed half of his power shots to almost one of every five that Williams landed.”
Schaefer said he hopes that Williams and his promoter Dan Goossen will agree to an immediate rematch. “It was a good fight, but I don’t know what the judges saw,” Lara said through a translator. “I definitely want the rematch with Williams.”
The chances of an immediate rematch between Williams and Lara likely rests on what Sergio Martinez decides to do. Martinez is set to take on Darren Barker on October 1. Assuming Martinez beats Barker convincingly would it even make sense for him to fight Williams again?
Williams didn’t look good against Lara. Lara continually peppered Williams with overhand lefts and straight rights. And Williams failed to adjust, allowing Lara to land a much greater number of power punches as the fight progressed.