Named and Shamed: Judging the Judges (March 2018)

March 3rd – In a Prizefighter-style tournament in Dublin, Emile Tiedt missed a clear body shot knockdown scored by J. J. McDonagh against Gerard Healy in the first round, not long before McDonagh would end the contest.

 

In New York, John McKaie’s 96-94 didn’t reflect Vaughn Alexander’s dominance of Devaun Lee.

 

In South Africa, Eddie Pappoe only gave Dmytro Kucher a single round in his game effort against home boxer Kevin Lerena.

On the undercard, John Chagu unfairly scored DeeJay Kriel a 118-110 winner over Xolisa Magusha in a closely contested rematch.

 

March 9th – Junior Fa laboured to an 8 round win over Craig Lewis, but won clearly to everyone except Rey Danseco, who turned in an even verdict.

In the main event, Mark Nelson missed a round three body shot knockdown scored by Ivan Baranchyk en route to battering Petr Petrov.

 

March 17th – John Stewart’s shutout scorecard was simply awful in the Jose Ramirez-Amir Imam bout.

Ramirez won clearly but Imam certainly got enough licks in to win some rounds.

 

March 24th – Bob Williams prematurely stopped Kalilou Dembele after he was knocked down by a body shot in round 5 against Anthony Fowler.

 

March 31st – Steve Gray (100-90) & Martin Williams (100-91) were way off the mark in Anthony Crolla’s slog against Edson Ramirez.

On the contrary,  Pawel Kardyni was too generous to challenger Yonfrez Parejo, giving him 4 rounds as he was schooled by Ryan Burnett.

In the heavyweight main event, ref Giuseppe Quartarone copped some well-deserved flack for breaking Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker up too early throughout and not allowing any inside fighting.

Judge Ian Scott’s 119-109 basically didn’t give Parker any credit for his good back-foot boxing, particularly in the fight’s first half.

 

In Quincy, Mass., Leo Gerstel unfairly called a knockdown against Yamaguchi Falcao, when Richard Gutierrez stepped on his foot and landed a cuffing blow in round one.

 

In the card’s main event, Mark DeLuca took on Ramses Agaton.

Agaton was very harshly deducted two points for a low blow in round four, a foul he had committed in retaliation for a low blow from DeLuca.

The culprit was the same man as earlier: Leo Gerstel.

Named and Shamed: Judging the Judges (February 2018)

Feb. 3rd – Steve Gray deducted Lawrence Okolie a point for holding in a nonsence make-up call in the 9th round versus Isaac Chamberlain.

One of the judges scored the bout 96-90, which didn’t reflect Okolie’s complete dominance in this snoozefest.

 

Feb. 10th – In Mexico, Alfredo Ramos edged Jose Luis Rodriguez Guerrero, but was helped home by Mario Medina’s 59-54 card.

Elsewhere on the show, Ivan Alvarez faced Pedro Campa and was given a second point deduction for rabbit punching in bizarre circumstances with seemingly no warning from ref Florentino Lopez.

 

Feb. 16th – Jay Nady showed indecision in the Shakur Stevenson-Juan Tapia fight, signalling in round 3 to stop boxing when Tapia’s gloves touched down, then acted as if he hadn’t when Stevenson ignored him and kept punching.

In the main event of that card, Eric Cheek (116-112), Burt A. Clements (117-111) & Don Trella (117-111) didn’t give Paulus Moses much credit in an evenly matched fight with sentimental favourite Ray Beltran.

 

Feb. 17th – Mark Lyson scored Luther Clay a narrow 58-57 winner over Danny Craven in a fight he dominated.

Ryan Walsh clearly beat Isaac Lowe in a British title fight, but had to settle for a draw because of Marcus McDonnell (114-115) and the even card of Michael Alexander.

In the night’s main event in Manchester, ref Michael Alexander allowed George Groves to hold incessantly against Chris Eubank Jr., a key tactic employed by the veteran as he boxed his way to victory.

 

In Texas, Devon Alexander appeared to do enough to beat Victor Ortiz in a battle of faded ex-titlists.

Glen Rick Crocker (114-114), Javier Martinez (114-114) & Don Griffin (113-115) scored it even.

 

In Germany, visiting Ryno Liebenberg was on top against Vincent Feigenbutz when he was prematurely halted due to a cut in the sixth round by ref Massimiliano Bianco.

 

Feb. 24th – Steve Morrow’s 117-111 for the titlist didn’t reflect an excellent, evenly matched fight between pound for pounders Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and challenger Juan Francisco Estrada.

 

On the same night at London’s York Hall, the 116-111 cards of Miroslaw Brozio and Jan Teleki were generous to veteran Ronnie Clark as he upset heralded prospect Zelfa Barrett.

April 7th’s Random Boxing Rants

Canelo-Golovkin II, now off after Canelo’s withdrawal, is still likely to happen in September, or, at worst, sometime in 2019.

But after the 118-110 & split draw result, the clenbuterol, the 155lb. catchweights of preceding years, the overblown PPV pricetag, the WBC/WBA pronouncements of his innocence, and every other cynical attempt to protect Canelo as boxing’s cash cow and to postition him as a cross between Oscar and J. C. Chavez, it’s hard for me to give a damn about the rematch or his career.

 

I will be so happy for Cork gent Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan if he’s the man selected to get a shot at Golovkin on May 5th.

 

I was quietly impressed by Anthony Joshua’s performance in defeating Joseph Parker to unify three belts.

Parker elevated himself in defeat by showing impressive back foot boxing, but after an even first half, Joshua took over the fight and basically won it off his jab and clever aggression.

In a post-Klitschko/Lewis era of giant heavyweights, this is the template for success.

 

Alexander Povetkin now stands as one of AJ’s mandatories after winning his shootout with David Price. 

Underestimate the Russian at your peril. It’s easy to dismiss him due to being rocked by Price and his failed drug tests, but he’s a skilled former Olympic champion and has a deeper resume than any heavyweight.

Pound4poundireland Scorecards from March 2018

Gavin McDonnell 116-112 Gamal Yafai, officially UD

Craig O’Brien 99-91 Jay Byrne, officially UD

Vaughn Alexander 99-91 Devaun Lee, officially UD

DeeJay Kriel 115-113 Xolisa Magusha (rematch), officially UD

Kevin Lerena 116-112 Dmytro Kucher, officially UD

Oscar Valdez 117-111 Scott Quigg, officially UD

Mikey Garcia 116-112 Sergey Lipinets, officially UD

Kiryl Relikh 120-107 Rances Barthelemy (rematch), officially UD

Oleksandr Gvozdyk 119-109 Mehdi Amar, officially UD

Jose Ramirez 117-111 Amir Imam, officially UD

Josh Kelly 100-90 Carlos Molina, officially UD

Anthony Crolla 96-94 Edgar Ramirez, officially UD

Ryan Burnett 120-108 Yonfrez Parejo, officially UD

Anthony Joshua 117-111 Joseph Parker, officially UD

March 30th’s Random Boxing Rants

As alluded to in my November 19th ‘random rants’, can anyone really believe that Daniel Kinahan and co. are really not still running and financing things at MTK?

I doubt it, and find their Irish media blackout to be a completely ludicrous decision, one that ironically draws even more attention to their ties to criminality.

https://pound4poundireland.wordpress.com/2018/03/09/ewan-mackenna-for-the-independent-boxing-to-daniel-kinahan-is-what-football-was-to-pablo-escobar-and-its-choking-the-sport-in-ireland/

 

Rances Barthelemy and Andre Dirrell each made a strong case for 2018’s worst performance recently.

In the former case, it was sad to see a skilled 2 weight titlist seemingly so devoid of ambition, and in the latter, the diminished athleticism when compared to his wasted prime was a sorry sight.

 

Luis Nery, Luis Ortiz, Alexander Povetkin, Lucas Browne, Jarrell Miller, Tony Yoka — all have failed/missed drug tests in the relatively recent past and it means practically nothing.

It seems the more stringent the drug testing that is put in place, the greater the excuses and political machinations that happen to allow these boxers to continue their careers relatively unabated.

And now we have Canelo Alvarez, the sport’s premier star, and his tainted meat.

Perhaps he will receive a 6 month slap on the wrist from the Nevada commission, but the juggernaut will keep on chugging and his indiscretions will soon be forgotten in the green glow of so many dollar bills.