By Ron Harris – DC’s Myke Fox’s last fight was on August 7, 2021. He won that fight but the worst ringside judging in boxing history robbed him and he took the lost in a unanimous decision. It was so bad that a boxing sanctioning body suspended the 3 judges in that fight. Fox took time off from boxing and started commentating on his sport from ringside.
After more than a year, he got in the ring against a veteran welterweight fighter named Egidijus “Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas from Lithuania and suffered a unanimous decision lost. His third straight loss. The judges scored the fight 98-90, 99-89 and 100-88, all for the Mean Machine. Fox’s father and trainer, Troy Fox said, “I don’t know how the judges came up with scores like that.” Fox was knocked down twice in the third round. “Judges should judge a fight round by round. I think they looked at the 2 knock downs and judged the remaining rounds like that round.” Fox showed good movement throughout the fight. His punches landed but had little steam on them. Kavaliauskas, 34, came into that fight weighing 168lbs, according to Troy Fox. “It was like Myke was fighting a light heavyweight fighter. He was 11 pounds heavier.“
Fox stands at 6’4” and towered over Kavaliauskas (23-2-1) but the level of strength was heavy in favor of the Mean Machine. He looked like a body builder compared to the slim body of Fox. “It was a good learning experience for Myke,“ says Troy. “He must get stronger. This guy was much stronger than Myke. The best man won this fight.” Fox, (22-4) and 26 years old is a technically sound boxer. He moves well. His problem has always been punching power. He landed some clean shots on Kavaliauskas, but nothing hurt him.
There was no way Kavaliauskas won all ten rounds as one judge scored it. After the 2 knock downs in round 3, Fox got his legs back and landed good, clean shots to the head and face of the Mean Machine. Fox did virtually no body work in this fight. All his punches came as he was moving side to side. Fox has trouble with fighters that press him and keep him on the move. He doesn’t get the chance to sit down on his punches for better effect. Kavaliauskas displayed some nervous body language after the fight. He thought the scores may go against him. But he prevailed and Fox must figure out something for his next fight.
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About Ron Harris
Ron Harris, retired college administrator, coach, broadcaster, Internet and TV sports producer and host. Former radio host of a live call-in show. Extremely close to the sports landscape in the Washington, DC metro area. Former radio sports reporter, covering MLB, college sports, major boxing events and much more.