Owen Gibson for The Guardian: “Olympic boxing tournament hit by corruption allegations”

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/aug/01/rio-2016-olympics-boxing-corruption-allegations?CMP=share_btn_tw

Pleased to see a major media outlet pick up on the tremendous work of Ognian Georgiev for FightNews:

https://pound4poundireland.wordpress.com/2016/07/20/ognian-georgiev-for-fightnews-on-deep-corruption-in-amateur-boxing-the-price-of-an-olympic-quota/

Named and Shamed: Judging the Judges (July 2016)

July 1st – In a clash of super featherweights, Sebastian Diaz was held to an unjust draw against Carlos Ruiz in the latter’s hometown of Mexico City.

Unfortunately, I am unable to find the names of the offending officials who turned in the 96-94 & 95-95 cards.

 

July 8th – In a modicum of justice, the EBU have reacted to the BDB’s licensing of drug cheat Erkan Teper before the end of his official ban, by removing their status as a “full member” of the governing body.

They’re sufficiently toothless to do much more at this stage but at least it’s something.

Full details in Per Ake Persson’s report: http://www.boxingscene.com/ebu-likely-due-tepers-return-drop-bdb-full-member–106522

 

July 15th – Whatever passes for a Mississippi commission had no qualms with licensing prospect Joey Bryant to fight, at late notice, a 0-20-1 opponent named Anthony Woods.

Woods had suffered 13 knockout losses and duly fell over in the 2nd round. Mismatches of this gross nature should never be allowed.

 

July 16th – Ref Reece Carter ignored several big rabbit punches delivered by Joe Pigford to Sam Omidi, which ultimately led to the 4th round stoppage.

 

In the night’s main event in Cardiff, Terry O’Connor failed to call a clear first round knockdown for Liam Williams over Gary Corcoran in their grudge match.

O’Connor is a serial offender and needs to be put out to pasture.

 

In India, Vijender Singh enjoyed a successful homecoming, outpointing veteran Kerry Hope.

However, Ian Scott’s 100-90 card wasn’t an accurate reflection of Hope’s success in the bout.

 

In Germany, a contender for robbery of the year unfolded, as Giovanni De Carolis was held to a draw against prospect Tyron Zeuge in a fight he appeared to win widely.

Levi Martinez (114-114), Juan Manuel Garcia Reyes (114-114) &  Erkki Meronen (114-115) were the ones behind this scoring fiasco.

 

On the undercard, Anthony Ogogo battered journeyman Bronislav Kubin in two rounds, in a fight that should have been stopped at least a minute earlier than it was by ref Gerhard Sigl.

You know it’s bad when the attacking fighter shakes his head and takes a moment to gesture to the referee to stop the punishment.

 

In Alabama, Sammy Vasquez was allowed to egregiously hold throughout his fight with Felix Diaz by ref Keith Hughes.

Thankfully, Diaz eventually got the decision he deserved, but only after enduring the confusion of the bout initially being announced as a draw due to a commission member who forgot to factor in a point deduction.

Such professionalism.

 

July 23rd – Jose Benavidez scraped home against Francisco Santana, in a fight that could have been scored either way.

Not that the judges saw it that way, scoring it unanimously.

Glenn Feldman’s 98-92 was very bad.

Adalaide Byrd’s 100-90 card is as bad as I’ve ever seen. She should never be allowed to judge again.

 

July 25th – The New York State Athletic Commission was blasted by a report released by State inspector general, Catherine Leahy Scott into the Magomed Abdusalamov tragedy.

Details here, in a summary by William Weinbaum:

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/17141610/investigation-rips-new-york-state-athletic-commission-handling-tragic-magomed-abdusalamov-bout

“The report said the NYSAC chair at the time of the Abdusalamov bout, Melvina Lathan, ‘failed to ensure appropriate and routine review of Athletic Commission policies and procedures, and failed to train staff on the proper response to medical issues that may arise after a fight.’ And the probe found Lathan and her staff received improper gifts from promoters.

The investigation concluded that her successor, Thomas Hoover, provided free passes to friends and family for boxing matches and knowingly recommended an unqualified person for a commission job, among other inappropriate actions.”

Hoover resigned upon the release of the report.

NYSAC chief medical officer Barry Jordan, and Matt Farrago, the NYSAC inspector for the bout assigned to Abdusalamov, also received some blame for Abdusalamov’s fate and that of his family, who are now dealing with well over $2m in medical fees.

It gets worse, though:

“The Abdusalamov family is suing Jordan and the four athletic commission doctors assigned to the fight, as well as the referee and Farrago, alleging recklessness, gross negligence and medical malpractice. The state in turn sued five of Abdusalamov’s former handlers — two of whom have had their cases dismissed.”

http://www.espn.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/13136189/new-york-state-sues-magomed-abdusalamov-handlers

“The lawsuit says if there were insufficient care from the state athletic commission’s medical team that night, then the handlers were at fault, too…

Paul Edelstein, attorney for the Abdusalamov family, told [ESPN]: ‘The lead doctor for the entire state says if anything went wrong that night, it’s the fault of these five guys, two of whom weren’t even in his corner. That’s adding insult to injury.'”

Disgusting stuff.

 

July 30th – Howard Foster and Ian-John Lewis’s 115-113 cards in the Tyrone Nurse-Tommy Coyle fight were far too close for comfort in a fight that Nurse appeared to win widely.

 

Another special trainer’s shoutout to Packie Collins, still intent on getting his boxers hurt by sending Patrick Hyland out for the 9th round against Josh Warrington when he had absolutely nothing left.

Has he learned nothing from the beating he allowed Frank Buglioni to absorb from Fedor Chudinov last year?

 

Carl Frampton’s excellent win over Leo Santa Cruz could really have been scored either way.

Tom Schreck’s 117-111 was a disservice to Santa Cruz.

 

The Olympic boxing is underway in Rio and some outstanding work by Ognan Georgiev for FightNews.com explains why you shouldn’t take the tournament all that seriously:

https://pound4poundireland.wordpress.com/2016/07/20/ognian-georgiev-for-fightnews-on-deep-corruption-in-amateur-boxing-the-price-of-an-olympic-quota/

Flagrant corruption from top to bottom, including crooked judges, fixed draws, bribes to ensure medal quotas are met and god knows what else.

This should be a bigger story.

 

In the aftermath of his failed drug test, and being stripped of the WBA’s “regular” heavyweight trinket, Lucas Browne is suing the WBA in order to get his title back.

I don’t know what his legal argument is, but it sure seems to have put fear into the hearts of the money-grubbing WBA, who, as a means of placating Browne into dropping his lawsuit, are set to allow him to face the awful and shot Fres Oquendo for the now vacant bauble: http://tinyurl.com/z96qm2x

After all, they did allow Luis Ortiz to fight again for their interim belt one fight after he’d been stripped of that same belt for a positive test. Might as well be consistent!

And now the cheaters know that if you create a big enough stink, you will get your way with the spineless sanctioning bodies.

 

The British Boxing Board of Control have decided to implement a rule that makes absolutely no sense: http://www.boxingnewsonline.net/bbbofc-adopt-fresh-stance-on-failed-drug-tests-in-britain/

Basically, if a fighter fails a drug test in the aftermath of a bout, the result will be changed to a ‘no contest’ regardless of who won.

So, if a boxer manages to beat an enhanced opponent, he will be robbed of the win, and, in a title fight, presumably the title he has (doubly) earned.

I’d love to know their reasoning behind this bullshit. The rule will come into effect starting on September 1st.

 

After what’s been an ugly summation of the month of July in boxing, let’s end on a positive note, and one that brings new meaning to ‘Judging the Judges’.

Let’s hear it for Judge Robert Ruehlman, who put Broner in the slammer for 30 days after he turned up three hours late for the start of his trial for assault and robbery stemming from an incident at a Cincinnati bowling alley:

http://www.badlefthook.com/2016/3/24/11301278/adrien-broner-accused-of-violent-armed-robbery

After Broner’s bullshit excuses for turning up late had been heard, and looking in a dishevelled state, this judge wasn’t messing around:

“It’s not a good excuse. He looks like he’s drunk or hungover. To coin a little boxing phrase – you’re not ducking this one.”

To make this even funnier, Ruehlman told Broner that he had considered dismissing the charges against him if he had appeared in court on time.