Named & Shamed: Judging the Judges (September 2015)

September 4th – Prospect Christian Gonzalez pounded overmatched Luis Ruiz Lizarraga to the canvas with a brutal 2nd round left hook knockdown.

Referee Sharon Sands was inexplicably about to let the bout continue when Lizarraga rose on wobbly legs, before thankfully Lizarraga’s father showed compassion to put a halt to proceedings.


September 6th – In the Jamie McDonnell-Tomoki Kameda rematch, a Kameda slip in the final round was erroneously called a knockdown, but thankfully didn’t affect the result of the contest.

John Schorle was the man at fault.


September 11th – A pox on the Toronto commissioners who licensed the shot pair of Vivian Harris and 51 year old ‘Razor’ Ruddock to step into the ring on this undercard and predictably get knocked out.

Readers may remember Ruddock for losing twice to Mike Tyson in 1991 & Harris from a 140lb title reign in the mid 2000s.


September 12th – Robert Hoyle scored Jonathan Oquendo a 98-90 winner over Jhonny Gonzalez in a closely contested fight.


Lisa Giampa handed in a very strange 95-95 card in the Martirosyan-Smith fight, seemingly not crediting Martirosyan for either of the knockdowns he scored.

More information here, via Steve Kim:



September 22nd – I haven’t viewed the bout, but the vast majority of observers scored Anselmo Moreno the winner over favoured home fighter Shinsuke Yamanaka in their 118lb. title clash.

David Sutherland and Mauro Di Fiore handed in 115-113 tallies that denied him the upset win.



September 26th – The vacant British title fight between Ryan Walsh-Samir Mouneimne could have gone either way, although the consensus was that Mouneimne had done enough.

Turns out he never had a chance on the skewed cards of Terry O’Connor (117-111) & Michael Alexander (116-112) which gave Walsh victory.

Mouneimne sadly retired post-fight. Hopefully, in time he will change his mind and not let bad judging be the end of his career.


Terry O’Connor made a mess of things again in the main event, too slow to step between Frank Buglioni and Dmitry Chudinov as the bell to end round 6 sounded, which allowed Buglioni to drop a defenceless Chudinov, who had relaxed his hands to his sides.

Unsure of what to do, O’Connor gave Chudinov some rest time at the beginning of the next round, as he made a meal of ceremoniously deducting Buglioni 2 points, but where was the standard 5 minute rest period after a foul?

Chudinov recovered and thankfully it didn’t affect the fight as he won every round in commanding fashion in as one-sided a 12 round fight as you’ll ever see.

Somehow Victor Simons (118-108) and Ingo Barrabas (117-109) found a way to give home fighter Buglioni some charity rounds.


Normally, this segment of the site is reserved for boxing officials, but such was the egregious display of Steve and Paschal Collins in the corner of Buglioni that it merits mention.

Buglioni showed tremendous bravery in staying on his feet through the battering he endured in the final rounds, but where was the compassion from his corner (and indeed, O’Connor), who should have pulled him out on numerous occasions?

It was sadistic, dangerous and could very well have shortened the career of the man whose well being they’re supposed to be concerned about.

They allowed their charge to absorb far too much punishment, and still had the temerity to espouse such a deluded view of proceedings in their post-fight interview with the always-illuminating Kugan Cassius:


Former Olympian Dominic Breazeale took his first real step up in class against Fred Kassi.

Most had the fight even or a Kassi upset, but all 3 judges favoured Breazeale by crazily wide margins.

The offenders: Irwin Deutsch 98-92, David Hudson 97-93 & John Westeterp 100-90 (a top candidate for worst card of the year).

Any non-boxing fan who watched this fight as the lead-in to the Deontay Wilder showcase on NBC must have been left shaking their head at boxing’s corruption.


Finally, it should be obvious to anybody that has seen the state of Antonio Margarito’s eye at the end of his rematch with Miguel Cotto in 2011 that he should never box again, and thankfully he retired after that contest.

But like so many before him, a return is on the cards after a whopping four year layoff.

Again, Steve Kim provides further detail:–96230

A big FU to Top Rank, Robert Garcia (who should have saved his man’s eye by pulling him out against Pacquiao, instead of pulling what I’ll henceforth refer to as a ‘Collins’ bros. special’), quack Dr. Alan Crandall et al. in Utah. & anybody else who becomes complicit in this sure-to-be-disastrous return.


Worryingly, Jermain Taylor is also now out of state care and is planning a return to the ring.

Will anyone show some sense and stop this madness?

This is boxing, so the answer is probably no, and it’s likely that there’s a two-bit commission somewhere that will license this freak show, as well as a promoter somewhere who will look to profit.

Named & Shamed: Judging the Judges (August 2015)

August 1st – Ian John-Lewis makes his monthly appearance in this segment for his atrocious 119-111 scorecard in the Brian Rose- Carson Jones rematch, but should anybody really be surprised?

Back in February, IJL was responsible for a premature stoppage of Rose in his first fight with Jones, for which he was widely criticized.

Surely this should have meant that he would be put nowhere near another Brian Rose fight, never mind his next fight, an immediate rematch with the man who had controversially beaten him? How could he have been expected to be impartial and leave emotion at the door?

However, the British Boxing Board of Control ignored common sense, allowed IJL to be among the judges & he predictably turned in a ‘make-up’ scorecard in favour of Rose which did nothing to reflect a close fight.

The sight of Brian Rose leaning over the top rope to shake hands with a contrite and deferential John-Lewis before the scorecards were even read was a disgrace.


August 2nd – Sam Burgos let John Jackson get away with too much holding in his win over Dennis Laurente.


Referee Frank Santore Jr. mishandled Juan Carlos Payano- Rau’shee Warren, allowing fouling on both sides to let the fight often devolve into a mess.

Carlos Sucre’s 115-109 card in favour of Warren was way off.


August 7th – Weirdest card of the year? Look no further.

After a very slow start for the first 4 rounds, Ievgen Khytrov battered Nick Brinson on the way to a 8th and final round stoppage, which he surprisingly needed.

Two judges had reasonable cards, but Tony Perez’s 70-62 for Brinson could only be viewed as corresponding with reality if you gave him the benefit of the doubt of writing his 10s in the wrong column. Perhaps it was the commission official at ringside tallying up the individual cards who made the error, who knows?

However, this assumption would still mean that Perez didn’t give Brinson any credit whatsoever for his early success in the fight.

Headscratching, and it could have been a major issue had Khytrov not finished the job, as this scoring anomaly would have cost him the fight by split decision.


Sparkle Lee should have stopped the Derevyanchenko-Ayala main event of this card in the final round, a move that would have prevented the veteran Ayala from taking some unnecessary punishment.


August 23rd – For the most part, the officiating stunk in a card that took place in Yalta, Crimea.


Referee Alexander Kalinkin deserves shaming for not stopping Buzolin-Reutski in round four, with Reutski a bloody mess.

Thankfully, his corner stopped the fight at the end of the round.


Referee Nikolay Sigov lost complete control of Amanov-Payano, which ended in a DQ3 in favour of the home fighter.

Sigov didn’t look like he had a clue what he was doing, as he consulted various ringside officials about what he should do after each foul, and strangely allowing various Amanov team members into the ring to administer various stretches and other treatment during the recovery periods.



Dilmurod Satybaldiev stepped up in class to win a razor tight decision over Dmitry Sukhotsky, though you wouldn’t know that based on Reina Urbaez’s laughable 120-108 card, as bad as you will ever see.


In a night of military-themed jingoism, full credit must be given to the judges of the Kashtanov-Valera main event…well 2 of the 3 anyway.

As members of the notorious Night Wolves biker gang ( stood sentinel in full battle gear ringside, Valera outboxed the stiff, upright Kashtanov to a clear decision win, thankfully acknowledged by the cards of Reina Urbaez (116-112, perhaps feeling guilty for screwing Sukhotsky) & John Poturaj (115-113).

Philippe Verbeke probably feared for his safety judging by his joke of a 117-111 card for the home boxer.


August 29th – The judging was so bad in the Kerry Hope-Petchsuriya Singwancha ‘draw’ in Hong Kong that the WBC overturned the decision, declaring Hope the winner.

Visuth Yingaupagarn (115-113 Singwancha) & Pongpan Rattanasutorn (114-114) were the offending parties.

More details here:

Pound4poundireland Scorecards from September 2015

Josh Warrington 120-108 Joel Brunker, officially UD

Diego De La Hoya 100-90 Jesus Ruiz, officially UD

Jamie McDonnell 115-112 Tomoki Kameda (rematch), officially UD

Anthony Dirrell 100-90 Marco Antonio Rubio, officially UD

Jonathan Oquendo 96-93 Jhonny Gonzalez, officially MD

Badou Jack 114-113 George Groves, officially SD, Jack retains Super Middleweight title

Orlando Salido 115-113 Roman Martinez (rematch), officially a DRAW, Martinez retains Super Featherweight title

Floyd Mayweather Jr. 119-109 Andre Berto, officially UD, Mayweather retains Welterweight Championship

Sean Dodd 98-92 Gary Buckland, officially 97-95

Samir Mouneimne 114-113 Ryan Walsh, officially Walsh by SD, Walsh wins vacant British Super Featherweight title

Dereck Chisora 99-91 Marcelo Luiz Nascimento, officially 99-91

Fedor Chudinov 120-106 Frank Buglioni, officially UD

Pound4poundireland’s September 22nd POUND FOR POUND top 10

1. Roman Gonzalez

2. Manny Pacquiao

3. Wladimir Klitschko

4. Sergey Kovalev

5. Guillermo Rigondeaux

6. Timothy Bradley

7. Gennady Golovkin

8. Miguel Cotto

9. Terence Crawford

10. Juan Francisco Estrada

  • An era ends as Mayweather Jr. retires and so vacates his claims to the pound for pound, welterweight and jr. middleweight thrones.
  • OK, he’s retired twice before and there aren’t many who believe he won’t be back for at least one more, but the fact remains that he has officially retired, no special treatment can be afforded and boxing waits for no man.
  • ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez becomes, I believe, the first ever flyweight to gain widespread recognition as boxing’s best fighter.
  • Estrada, another flyweight and former Gonzalez foe, enters at 10th

USADA respond to Thomas Hauser’s allegations: “Numerous Substantial Inaccuracies and Misleading Information…”; Hauser retorts

USADA rebuttal:

Encouraging to read that USADA tested all of the Mayweather-Pacquiao urine samples with the CIR method, ruling out the use of exogenous testosterone.

Hauser responds in kind: