Woller wrote:Ler´s say that Watt did not try to avoid the head collition, but invcompetent cornerwork did the rest. When O´grady came back to his corner between rounds gallons of water was poored over his head, making any decent cutwork impossible.
Very good point, they made no attempt top staunch the bleeding, or else they had no idea how to do so....
If I'm not mistaken, ol' "Champ" Thomas was O'Grady's cutman & his work left a LOT to be desired. But he'd been working with Sean's oldman Pat for years & years & Pat was loyal to him. Though I think they went with someone else after the Watt debacle.
"Champ" was helluva charecter, but a world class cutman he was NOT.
Anyone else remember the bloodbath that was Sean's bout with the tough Japanese veteran Shig Fukuyama about two years before the Watt fight? That's STILL at the very top of my list as the goriest fight I've ever seen, almost three full decades later.
Had Pat not also been the head of the commission in Oklahoma City back then as well as the promoter, Sean's manager-trainer & his dad, that fight would've DEFINITELY been stopped & been a TKO win for Fukuyama. Sean's eye was busted WIDE open & the term "bleeding like a stuck pig" was coined for wounds like that one!
Though, as horrific as it was, somehow Sean managed to fight through the mask of blood well enough to drop Fukuyama in the fifth, after which the ref immediately waved the fight off as a KO win for O'Grady even though Fukuyama had gotten to his feet & was able to continue.
What a circus!
I can't recall if this bout was televised by NBC or CBS that day, but they kept panning in on Sean's mother & his sisters crying at ringside while Sean was trying to fight while spilling at least a pint over the course of the contest. Very dramatic stuff.
As much of an O'Grady fan as I was during his career & as outraged as I was by the blatant butt used by Watt to retain his title that Halloween night in Scotland, I've always thought that just maybe that was karma evening things out for what had happened that day in Oklahoma City to Fukuyama ...