One cannot eat his cake and have it too, but one can walk and chew gum simultaneously. That is, all the credit to Barthelemy by looking more polished than I gave him credit for. At the same time, what was Mickey Bey thinking?
Constantly, Bey took in the Floyd Mayweather half-guard posture in the center of the ring, at distance, waiting to counter, against an opponent with a longer reach than him, who did not have to be within range for Bey to counter to land his own punches. Bey's Floyd Mayweather-ish, shoulder roll, straight right hand, countering strategy was blatantly ridiculous, illogical, and was, frankly, a concession, a forfeiting of the opportunity to win on points – either because of very poor decision making or a lack of confidence in his ability to win. Or maybe the Mayweathers are not tailoring their coaching to the physical attributes of their students. Or maybe Mickey Bey does not have the right aggressive attacking temperament that would have suited him.
In his current form, Mickey Bey cannot beat a top tier opponent. In my opinion, Bey does not even look as physically strong or developed as I have seen in the past, neither in his legs nor upper body.
Barthelemy was awarded a dubious split decision when, as mentioned above, the bout was not competitive. The scorecards were 116-111 and 117-110 for Barthelemy, and 117-110 for Bey. Anyway, Barthelemy is the man at lightweight and the next big fight for him will likely be against Robert Easter, Jr. at some point.
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