Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) – Hall of Fame referee Steve Smoger was a recent guest on “Double Jab” boxing podcast and had an interesting take on the controversial ending of the 1990 “Thunder Meets Lightning” world championship bout between WBC world champion Julio Cesar Chavez and IBF world champion and Philly’s own Meldrick Taylor.
The title affair was for the WBC & IBF World Junior Welterweight Unification and took place Las Vegas, Nevada.
Going into the final round, Taylor had a solid lead on the scorecards of two of the three judges ringside.
With about a minute left in the final round, the always gritty and tough Chavez drilled Taylor squarely with several hard punches, and Taylor responded by mockingly feigning weakness, but the Mexican did not flinch. He kept on Taylor and landed some solid well-placed and timed shots.
With under 30 seconds to go, Chavez landed a brilliant hard right hand that wobbled Taylor, causing him to stagger towards a corner. Chavez did not hesitate, as he trapped Taylor in the corner, and nailed him with a thunderous right hand that dropped him. Taylor, though, managed to pull himself up using the ropes. He got to his feet and was granted the mandatory eight-count by referee Richard Steele, who asked Taylor twice if he was able to continue.
Taylor dazed, failed to answer and Steele waved off the action, resulting in a TKO win for Chavez with only two seconds left in the bout.
“I would never have stopped Chavez/Taylor,” said Smoger.
For full interview with Smoger see below.
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