Oct. 7th – Omar Mintun Jr.’s 119-109 was an insult to Maximino Flores’ strong challenge of hyped prospect Andrew Selby.
Elsewhere in England, Sam Eggington lost his European title after being outboxed by the visiting Mohamed Mimoune, although Arnold Golger (116-112 Eggington) failed to see it that way.
Oct. 13th – Extremely dangerous incompetence from Chas Coakley in the Eric Israel-William Webber bout at the York Hall.
Coakley didn’t call the knockdown in the third round, Webber instantly rose to his feet and was met by a huge shot that knocked him out brutally.
Coakley is slow, old, indecisive and should never be allowed to ref again.
Oct. 14th – Similar incompetence from Bob Williams during the John Ryder-Patrick Nielsen finish.
Nielsen was completely out on his feet and Williams was hesistant to jump in, allowing Ryder to land two big flush punches for an unnecessarily brutal knockout.
Oct. 21st – In Belfast, Paul Hyland Jr. was lucky to escape with the decision against Stephen Ormond, aided in part by the horrible judging of Valerie Dorsett (117-110).
In the main event, Ryan Burnett beat Zhanat Zhakiyanov to unify 118lb. belts, but the 119-109 of Carlos Sucre and the 118-110 of, once again, Dorsett, did the visitor little justice.
Surely Adalaide Byrd, who provided the worst major scorecard seen since the career-ending effort of C.J. Ross just last month, would be banished from judging forever, or at least for the forseeable future.
But not in the wild west, no consequences world of boxing. She is now back to affecting the careers and future earning potential of boxers everywhere.
She returned to judge an undercard fight on October 21st, and judged three futher fights on a card in mid November.
Nepotism (she is the wife of fellow tenured official Robert Byrd) has to be a factor. Are our collective memories supposed to be that short?
It’s laughable & everyone at the top of the Nevada commission, none more so than Bob Bennett, should be ashamed.
Finally, there is further news on the endless Fury/UKAD situation:
The BBC are reporting that “UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) fears it could be made insolvent or require a government bailout over a dispute with Tyson Fury”.
Whoever is currently most at fault for the endless delays, Team Fury, UKAD or this National Anti-Doping Panel independent adjudication body, it appears to me that the integrity of the process has been compromised.
Since Hughie Fury, who is alleged to have failed a test for nandalone at the same time as his cousin, boxed in September for a world title, then are we to assume that he is now in the clear?
If Tyson Fury is found innocent, then surely UKAD open themselves up to the possibility of financial ruin via lawsuit.
December is mentioned by the BBC as the target for the rescheduled hearing, so let’s hope we get some answers at last then.