Pound4poundireland Scorecards from August & September 2016

Andre Ward 120-108 Alexander Brand, officially UD

Lee Haskins 114-114 Stuart Hall (rematch), offically Haskins by UD, Haskins retains Bantamweight title

Roman Gonzalez 115-113 Carlos Cuadras, officially UD, Gonzalez wins Super Flyweight title

Oleksandr Usyk 118-110 Krzysztof Glowacki, officially UD, Usyk wins Cruiserweight title

Diego De La Hoya 98-92 Luis Orlando Del Valle, officially UD

Willie Monroe Jr. 118-110 Gabriel Rosado, officially UD

Jorge Linares 115-113 Anthony Crolla, officially UD, Linares wins Lightweight title

 

Thomas Hauser for the Ring: “TURMOIL GROWS AT THE NYSAC”

http://tinyurl.com/hjsqpz6

On prohibitively expensive insurance premiums, UFC political lobbying & favouritism, and further NYSAC incompetence.

‘ [An] email, sent in the wake of the July 30 Leo Santa Cruz vs. Carl Frampton card at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, read in part, “There are some instances that occurred this past weekend that are very concerning and will need to be addressed immediately. Hopefully, by sending this written communication to all, we can help prevent future mistakes and continually improve our operations.”

Among other things, the email declared (partly in solid capital letters and bold type), “NEVER LEAVE A FIGHTER ALONE FOR ANY REASON AFTER A PRE-FIGHT URINE HAS BEEN COLLECTED. This is one of the most basic and important rules to follow.”

That was followed by another declaration in solid capital letters and bold type: “NEVER TELL A BOXER OR CORNER THAT YOU ARE NEW OR YOU DON’T KNOW THE RULES. In any situation where you may be confused or where clarification is necessary, you should always remain calm and collected, and simply explain to the fighter and their corner that you need to discuss the matter with a supervisor.”

There was more.

“Everyone needs to understand the proper way to wrap a hand, as well as any incorrect methods that a corner may try to sneak past you. We only allow 6 inches of tape on the hand before wrapping; not on the wrists, not on the elbows, not on the fingers, not on the forearms. We also do not allow the knuckle pads to be rolled on the knuckles. They are to remain flat (if necessary, they can be folded in half).”

Bentley further admonished, “As an inspector, if you notice something that you think is being done incorrectly by another inspector, ask your colleague to step to the side and have a private conversation to discuss your concerns. You may be wrong, so to call a matter to the attention of a fighter or their camp (or even the opponent and their camp) is completely unprofessional and is equivalent to shouting ‘FIRE!’ in a crowded room.”

Problems like this arise when inspectors are poorly trained and assigned to fights on the basis of political priorities and personal favoritism rather than competence.’

Video – Boxnation’s Steve Lillis interviews Frank Warren, who blasts Eubank Jr. for pulling out of Langford fight

Below is a sampling of some of the ludicrous verbiage in the Eubank press release announcing that he was vacating the British title:

“Eubank Jnr’s management team have advised that, in their opinion, there has not been a fighter in the history of British Boxing who has had such a vast chasm of fighting prowess between him and the contenders for the British Championship in ability, speed, strength, accuracy and skill since its inauguration by the Marquess of Queensbury in the 1800s.

It is now with relief, as it has become clear to Chris Eubank Jnr’s management over these past few months how much danger the health and lives of these contenders are in, therefore the relinquishing of the British Championship due to injury sustained in a sparring session is perhaps a blessing in disguise.”

Joe O’Neill of irish-boxing.com reports on “WBC Corruption? – Details of McMahon’s Mexico Nightmare”

Joe O’Neill of irish-boxing.com reports on the rather stunning set of circumstances that surrounded Christina McMahon’s controversial world title defeat to Zulina Munoz on March 12th:

http://www.irish-boxing.com/wbc-corruption-details-mcmahons-mexico-nightmare/#

Tainted gloves, suspect scoring, no check weigh-ins, lack of supervisors, lack of contractually-mandated anti-doping testers, and, after pressure from the McMahon team, urine samples collected in cotton bud containers and allegedly tested, if they were at all, in a lab without WADA certification.

So much for the WBC’s much-vaunted ‘clean boxing programme’.

Named and Shamed: Judging the Judges (August 2016)

August 4th – Washed up heavyweight Odlanier Solis was allowed by the BDB, clearly an absolute joke of a commission, to begin his comeback against the 2-25 Milos Dovedan, with 22 knockout losses to his name.

Fat slob Solis took him out in two rounds, but this sort of sham contest is a disgrace to boxing.

Solis may be finished, but he’s a former Olympic champion for god’s sake. Dovedan shouldn’t be allowed to box, never mind fight someone of Solis’s elite background.

 

Incredible incompetence at play from Tom Hoover and others at the New York State athletic commission, as well as the political railroading of David Berlin, as reported by Thomas Hauser:

https://pound4poundireland.wordpress.com/2016/08/14/thomas-hauser-for-ringtv-nysac-under-fire-the-federal-government-steps-in-parts-i-ii/

If this is what’s happening at one of the world’s biggest fight commissions, one wonders what happens where nobody is looking. An insight, perhaps, can be found in our look at the McMahon experience in Mexico a little later.

 

As also discussed by Hauser, the rise of mandatory insurance premiums in New York to the ludicrous $1m in the aftermatch of the Abdusalamov tragedy is threatening to kill boxing in New York, particularly at a grass roots level.

George Willis further expounds on this topic, arguing that it is a measure implemented to protect the state from liability, rather than to protect boxers:

http://nypost.com/2016/09/02/insurance-requirement-for-contact-sports-hides-ugly-reality/

 

Aug. 13th – Comrade Roy Jones Jr.’s latest bout in the neverending retirement tour took place in his hometown of Pensacola.

The opponent was of the Dovedan sort that should never have been sanctioned by the Florida boxing brass: a loser of 9 in a row, winless since 2002, named Rodney Moore.

It’s a testament to how far gone Roy is that it went the full ten.

 

In a statement from its president, Juan Carlos Pelayo, the Commission of Professional Boxing and Wrestling in Tijuana ruled that Antonio Margarito would not be required to pass any special medical exams on the state of his grotesquely disfigured eye prior to his bout with Ramon Alvarez.

The laughable reason given was that he had passed a supposedly “very rigourous study” undertaken by a Mexico City physician prior to the first fight of his sure to be disastrous comeback.

No concern was given to the tremendous punishment he absorbed in that fight, and any damage he may have accummulated in sparring since.

He escaped from his second return fight with a split decision.

 

Joe O’Neill of irish-boxing.com reports on the rather stunning set of circumstances that surrounded Christina McMahon’s controversial world title defeat to Zulina Munoz on March 12th:

http://www.irish-boxing.com/wbc-corruption-details-mcmahons-mexico-nightmare/#

Tainted gloves, suspect scoring, no check weigh-ins, lack of supervisors, lack of contractually-mandated anti-doping testers, and, after pressure from the McMahon team, urine samples collected in cotton bud containers and allegedly tested, if they were at all, in a lab without WADA certification.

So much for the WBC’s much-vaunted ‘clean boxing programme’.

 

Aug. 21st – Bernard Bruni’s 99-91 card didn’t do Shelley Vincent justice in her loss to Heather Hardy on the NBC-televised undercard of Errol Spence.

 

As one can already see, despite August being a light month for boxing, at least on the professional front, there was no shortage of controversy and incompetence to reflect on with the standard incredulity.

However, nothing was to compare to the absolute farce that was the 2016 Olympic boxing tournament.

Those in the know could see it coming a mile away, thanks to the reporting of Ognan Georgiev, and Owen Wilson et al of The Guardian:

https://pound4poundireland.wordpress.com/2016/08/16/owen-gibson-for-the-guardian-olympic-boxing-tournament-hit-by-corruption-allegations/

https://pound4poundireland.wordpress.com/2016/08/17/the-guardian-olympic-boxing-corruption-alive-and-well-says-official-as-rows-continue/

 

Jake Donovan of Boxingscene sums the tournament’s judging up nicely:

https://pound4poundireland.wordpress.com/2016/08/20/jake-donovan-of-boxingscene-on-the-olympic-scoring-controversies-because-thats-boxing-for-you/

 

The most publicized victim of the many robberies was Ireland’s Michael Conlan, whose gloriously frank live reaction went viral:

https://pound4poundireland.wordpress.com/2016/08/16/video-michael-conlan-reacts-on-rte-to-olympic-robbery/

I was also pleased to see that RTE had a sense of humour about the situation:

https://pound4poundireland.wordpress.com/2016/08/17/rte-asks-can-you-beat-nikitin/

 

Evgeny Tishchenko’s ‘win’ over Vassily Levit in the heavyweight gold medal match was the other result which drew the greatest ire.

Michael Gallagher, Armando Alvarado Carbonell and Kheira Yakoub Sidi were assigned to do the dirty work of their higher-ups.

Elsewhere, the Tony Yoka-Filip Hrgovic super heavyweight semi final was bad enough, with Mykola Karakulov and Jose Bonet conspiring to screw Hrgovic out of his rightful final spot for bouncing Yoka all over the ring.

However, the final was even worse, as Yoka was gifted gold despite a domination at the hands of Joe Joyce.

It doesn’t take a statistical overview to see who was the rightful winner, but Compubox estimates that Joyce outlanded Yoka by more than 2 to 1, tripling him in the power punch department:

http://www.worldboxingnews.net/2016/08/22/news/joyce-lands-double-yoka-s-punches-in-olympic-final-say-stats

Such obvious superiority wasn’t enough for the crooked pair of Emre Aydin and Roland Juhasz.

 

The International Olympic Committee show no signs of stepping in and seriously investigating the rampant bribes, bought and paid for medals, fixed draws & assignment of judges, therefore the corruption overseen by president Wu Ching-kuo of AIBA will continue unabated.

Anybody that takes amateur boxing, or semi-pro codes like the World Series of Boxing (WSB), seriously needs their head examined.

I certainly won’t be watching again, not in four years or forty.