July 4th – Dave Parris scored home fighter Jamie Conlan a 96-92 winner over Junior Granados in an even fight that took place in Dublin’s National Stadium.
July 18th – Referee Katsuhiko Nakamura stopped Khunkhiri Wor Wisaruth prematurely in his defeat to prospect Rex Tso in Macau.
Steve Gray and Terry O’Connor’s even scores cost Tyrone Nurse the British title at 140 lbs., as he was forced to settle for a draw in a fight he appeared to clearly win against Chris Jenkins.
In Martin Murray’s tuneup against journeyman Mirzet Bajrektarevic, referee John Latham missed a knockdown in round 1 & prematurely stopped the bout in round 5.
Erki Meronen’s 116-111 card in favour of Anthony Crolla was way off in his lightweight title challenge of Darleys Perez.
The bout was ultimately ruled a draw (thanks to the other cards of 113-113), and the consensus was that Crolla had been hard done by. On the contrary, I felt the other two cards corresponded well to what was an even fight to my eye.
Regardless, an immediate rematch has been ordered by the sanctioning body.
July 24th – Ian John-Lewis, boxing’s most incompetent official, makes his monthly appearance in this segment for his display during the Gary Corcoran-Rick Godding fight.
He shouted ‘no holding’ rather than a decisive call of ‘break’ during round 2, allowing Corcoran a free shot at Godding when his back was partially turned as the fighters were tangled. He then admonished Corcoran for what was actually his own error.
In round 7, Corcoran was attacking Godding along the ropes, when Godding dipped his head low and Corcoran leaned on it. At this point, John-Lewis moved between the fighters to break them, again without shouting ‘break’, grabbing the arm of Corcoran, who ignored this and kept punching. John-Lewis decided this was okay with him and simply backed off to let the action continue as if nothing had happened.
John-Lewis once again demonstrating a total lack of assertiveness. Neither of these errors was serious or particularly noteworthy if taken on their own, but further display the danger John-Lewis consistently puts boxers in.
Since this article is being published on August 11th, I can reveal that he has already ensured his place on the next edition of ‘Named & Shamed’ for his Jones-Rose II card on the first of the month.
July 25th – Russell Mora almost contrived to get a brave Hakim Zoulikha hurt in his fight against Sullivan Barrera by not stopping it after the second knockdown in the 8th round.
The consensus was that the judges (Richard Ocasio, Eric Cheek & John McKaie) matching cards of 96-94 for Jean Pascal against Yunieski Gonzalez were harsh on the underdog.
I feel they were spot on as Pascal consistently landed the cleaner punches over the volume of Gonzalez, and end this month’s segment by crediting them for a job well done.