Korea 2002 is the most obvious, I think you’d have to be a bit slow to argue there was no conspiracy there but if someone wants to go into the merits of it, then I’m here.
One my mind was cast back to recently was the Khan-McCloskey fight, the stoppage here stank to the high heavens. Khan may have been winning the fight comfortably but he was being made look really uncouth in there and he was expending a lot of energy and throwing a lot of punches but not showing any sign of hurting McCloskey, what’s more than that he was showing visible signs of tiring at the end of the 5th round, taking in huge breaths and this was commented on by the commentary team that night.
The stoppage itself was weird, the cut was never enough to stop a fight, it wasn’t in a particularly dangerous area, it wasn’t a particularly bad cut. McCloskey said in the aftermath that the doctor entered the ring without any invitation from the referee. McCloskey’s corner was also not consulted on the cut which would usually be the normal course of action in the event of cuts or swelling that may prevent the fight going on.
The final reason for my grave concerns was the post fight press conference, the McCloskey team was not offered any sort of input in this. It seemed to be a Golden Boy cover up hatchet job where they meekly tried to brush any sort of controversy under the carpet, I always despised De La Hoya but that just summed what a sneaky little snide cross dressing wanker he is. Khan also managed to make himself look like a more delusional and graceless bastard that possibly imagined.
I don’t think McCloskey would have won the fight if it continued but I believe the longer the fight went on the more the conditions and parameters were becoming favourable to him, he was losing rounds but he was frustrating Khan who was visibly fatiguing and becoming a bit more rash in his work whereas as McCloskey was looking very steady, calm and fresh in his fight plan. Further to that, Khan was being made look very average against a guy with a pretty mediocre record and someone he was expected to blitz, there were big fights being touted for Khan at this time and this kind of performance furthered to the fact he could possibly lose to a unheralded journeyman fighter were an alarming concern.