Pound4poundireland Scorecards from October 2015

Victor Emilio Ramirez 114-114 Ovill McKenzie, officially a DRAW, Ramirez retains Cruiserweight title

Tommy Langford 98-92 Cristian Fabian Rios, officially UD

Antonio Orozco 95-94 Humberto Soto, officially UD

Tom Stalker 96-94 Craig Evans, officially a DRAW

Luke Blackledge 114-114 Lee Markham, officially Blackledge by UD, Blackledge retains Commonwealth Super Middleweight title

Jack Catterall 100-90 Jarkko Putkonen, officially UD

Lee Selby 115-113 Fernando Montiel, officially UD, Selby retains Featherweight title

Aron Martinez 97-93 Devon Alexander, officially UD

Kohei Kono 113-111 Koki Kameda, officially UD, Kono retains Super Flyweight title

Andrzej Fonfara 118-110 Nathan Cleverly, officially UD

Tureano Johnson 119-107 Eamonn O’Kane, officially UD

Matthew Macklin 95-94 Jason Welborn, officially UD

Sam Eggington 117-110 Dale Evans (rematch), Eggington retains British and Commonwealth Welterweight titles

Leigh Wood 99-91 Josh Wale, officially UD

Gavin McDonnell 120-108 Jeremy Parodi, officially UD, McDonnell retains European Jr. Featherweight title

Named & Shamed: Judging the Judges (October 2015)

October 2nd – Let’s open on a positive note with some praise for the Victor Emilio Ramirez-Ovill McKenzie judges (Alejandro Lopez Cid, John Poturaj & Larry Layton), who didn’t show bias towards the Argentine home fighter and correctly ended up judging the bout a draw.

 

October 3rd – The Humberto Soto-Antonio Orozco judges (Max DeLuca 92-97, Pat Russell 92-97, Fernando Villareal 91-98) never gave the elder statesman, Soto, any chance in his closely contested bout with the prospect.

 

Jose Pedraza and Edner Cherry fought on relatively even terms, and Pedraza came away the disputed split decision winner. The two wide cards in favour of Pedraza (George Hill 117-111, Scott Maddox 117-111) were widely criticized.

 

October 6th – Ellis Johnson’s 99-90 card in favour of Argenis Mendez against Miguel Vazquez chimed with nobody’s view of the contest.

Mendez was a disputed unanimous decision winner.

 

October 10th – Ref Steve Gray missed a 9th round knockdown scored by Craig Evans over Tom Stalker, ultimately affecting the result of what ended up a draw.

Dave Parris’ 96-94 card in favour of Evans was way off.

 

October 13th – The consensus was that Amir Mansour had done more than enough to snatch the unbeaten record of heavyweight prospect Gerald Washington, but he was held to a draw due to the cards of Pat Russell (95-95)  & Adalaide Byrd (93-97).

 

October 14th – Judges Chris Flores (118-110) & Robert Hoyle (119-109) failed to turn in cards that reflected the closeness of the Lee Selby-Fernando Montiel fight.

 

Ref Wes Melton allowed Aron Martinez to blatantly use his head all night, en route to his upset of Devon Alexander.

 

October 16th – Ref Celestino Ruiz did a bad job keeping control of the foul-filled (but, thankfully, entertaining) Kohei Kono-Koki Kameda contest, and, in round two, mistakenly ruled a knockdown against Kameda.

Kono got a deserved decision, but Glenn Feldman’s 116-108 card was a joke.

 

October 17th – Ref Steve Willis should surely have docked Golovkin a point, as well as given the fallen Lemieux his 5 minutes to recover, when he hit his opponent while down, in round 5 of their 160lb. unification. He did neither and Golovkin was allowed to take an unfair advantage.

 

Laughably, in a small show in the Czech Republic, former title challenger Lukas Konecny acted as both promoter & supervisor on behalf of the licensing body, the Czech Union of Professional Boxers, for a card which featured mismatch walkovers for the likes of Robin Krasniqi and Robert Stieglitz.

I bet there are more than a few promoters around the world who would love to be in this kind of position of impunity.

 

October 24th – Evgeny Gradovich looked poor, but nevertheless had few problems in winning an 8 round decision over Aldimar Silva Santos.

Grover Wiley (yes, the man who retired Julio Cesar Chavez) turned in a terrible 77-75 card in favour of Santos.

Maybe the guy just has a soft spot for his fellow journeymen?

 

We’ll end by looking at some licensing & sanctioning issues:

James Toney, the former multiple weight titlist, is now a totally shot 47 year old who hasn’t had a significant win in a decade.

His speech is horribly slurred, and in his last fight he lost to a 9-3-1 club fighter by a lopsided margin.

Still, the boxing decision-makers in Ontario, Canada are licensing him to fight again on December 4th.

Shame on them.

 

Stephen Ormond knocked out journeyman Michael Clark in a round on October 10th in Lowell, Massachusetts.

That was Clark’s 6th consecutive knockout loss, 5 of them coming in the opening round. 3 of those fights took place in Mass., and 2 in Washington.

What is it going to take for the commissions in these places to realize this guy should no longer be fighting?

 

Kudos to the Nevada State Athletic Commission for refusing to sanction the proposed Andre Ward vs. Rohan Murdock (who?) mismatch of epic proportions that was planned for the Cotto-Canelo card.

 

Sadly, Jermain Taylor, whose unhinged and dangerous out of the ring behaviour has been detailed extensively elsewhere (e.g.: http://www.boxingscene.com/jermain-taylor-bailed-out-heads-training-camp–96078), plans to box again after his release on bail pending legal charges for a gun related offence.

Any commission that will license this guy in the future will lose the respect of every sensible boxing fan.

Sanctioned fighting is a privilege, not a right, and somebody with the triple whammy of a history of head trauma, increasingly erratic behaviour (CTE, anybody?), and multiple pending legal cases, should never be let anywhere near a boxing ring again.

We will be watching closely.

Pound4poundireland’s October 19th POUND FOR POUND top 10

1. Roman Gonzalez

2. Manny Pacquiao

3. Wladimir Klitschko

4. Sergey Kovalev

5. Gennady Golovkin

6. Guillermo Rigondeaux

7. Timothy Bradley

8. Miguel Cotto

9. Terence Crawford

10. Juan Francisco Estrada

  • Golovkin rises two spots after his beatdown victory over arguably his best opponent so far, David Lemieux. To these eyes, he deserves a higher ranking right now than a shaky Bradley & woefully inactive Rigondeaux.
  • Gonzalez officially rubber stamps the beginning of his ‘Roman Empire’ with his own brutalization of the accomplished Brian Viloria on GGG’s MSG undercard.

The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board: The Leather Anniversary

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The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board:
The Leather Anniversary

Sunday, 11 October marked the third anniversary of the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board. Traditionally speaking, it’s the leather anniversary. We’d prefer to ignore the modern gift idea devised by librarians at the Chicago Public Library, namely glass. We neither live in such a house nor have such a jaw. The leather anniversary. That’s more like it. Leather doesn’t shatter and, when put to good use, it can dent a septum now and then. We have striven to do just that, with affection, on behalf of thinking boxing fans around the world. Our mission is threefold: provide weekly rankings that are trustworthy and authoritative, identify the true champions, and convince boxing that common sense is making a comeback.

The board began in 2012 with twenty-five independent boxing writers and historians representing twelve countries around the world. We’ve grown since then. The number of members now matches Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s number of wins at forty-nine. We’re on five continents representing sixteen countries and the commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
On 11 October 2012 we published the first edition of our rankings. On Tuesday we’ll publish the one hundred forty-ninth edition.

The rankings are the product of a weekly process that begins every Sunday when record-keepers Mauricio Salvador of Mexico and Ken Pollitt of the United States email results of the previous week’s fights to the three chairs. (Filipino Retech Son, our third record-keeper, monitors inactive fighters approaching the one-year mark of removal.) After considering the week’s bouts and exits, the chairs come up with proposals for rankings changes which are then posted on the board’s forum. Over the next three days, members weigh in to accept, debate, and/or advance their own proposals during a process that is both efficient and democratic. The product is published every Tuesday without fail.

The product has not been without critics. Ranking boxing’s best fighters and presenting them to the world is an invitation for opposing viewpoints, so it’s to be expected. It’s also welcomed; before the rankings are published they must be banged-out by strong and disagreeable minds coming to virtual blows over placements. If the feedback received at http://www.tbrb.org is any indication, these battles royal on the board’s forum may be best practice for high-quality rankings. In fact, we have been pleasantly surprised at how readily thinking fans have embraced this initiative from day one:

“I just want to say thank you and good luck,” a fan posted only hours after our inaugural rankings were published. “[T]his is exactly what boxing needs to start to repair the damage it has done to itself and to start the long journey of rebuilding the greatest sport.”

“Love the new rankings!” said another. “Just when I thought that there would never be an entity whose rankings I could subscribe to with any confidence this board is established.”

“This is a great service to the boxing community, well done!”

“I really hope that your organization takes hold and helps reform boxing. I’ve been a boxing fan for about 30 years.”

“TBRB is revolutionary and despite the cynical view many have of boxing’s future, TBRB is a beacon of light towards reforming the sport we all love.”

“This is just a fantastic effort … I wish HBO, ESPN, and others would adopt your rankings.”

“[I]t pains me when I see the state of what [boxing] has become… Something like this has been needed for a long time.”

“I really like what the TBRB is doing and direct my fellow boxing fans to find your rankings…”

The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board’s mission is one of service to the sport. In an era where the concept of “champion” has been devalued, where boxing historians sift through byzantine lineages of titlists and only confuse themselves, we have systematically identified the reigning true champions —the divisional kings™. Click on the “Successions” tab at http://www.tbrb.org to see who they are and how they got there. Click on the “Charter” tab and be assured that they earn their status by combat, not by appointment or political machinations; that they must either defeat the previous champion or, if the throne is open, they must defeat the next-best contender in the top two.

We have repudiated the idea that modern boxing politics precludes such a strict #1 vs. #2 criterion when it comes to open thrones. Whereas three years ago we recognised a total of four true champions, we crowned four more by the time of our first anniversary and topped the total off at nine last May when the first-ranked Mayweather defeated second-ranked Manny Pacquiao. Since then, Danny Garcia abdicated the jr. welterweight throne and Mayweather officially retired and left the welterweight and jr. middleweight thrones open. Click on the “Rankings” tab to see which top-two contenders are poised at the brink of royalty. Feel encouraged; only eleven matches need to happen for boxing to have a full roster of divisional kings. There were eleven matches at Manchester Arena Saturday night.

Judging by our well-documented tendency to point to boxing’s golden past, it may be assumed that we’re a fraternity of old fogies. But don’t be fooled; the average age of our membership is thirty-nine and the range is college-age to retirement-age, which means we have both the agility of youth and the experience of years on our side. How else could we reach back into history, take hold of an informal term like “robbery” and formalise it to address the problem of bad judging? The robbery clause in the charter strikes a balance between due discretion and innovation and we didn’t stop there. Other pressing issues in the sport have since been addressed with new clauses in the charter:

* No Decision/No Contest (February 2014). After a legitimate official authority declares a bout a “No Decision” or “No Contest”, the fighters will return to the rankings they held going into the bout. Under certain circumstances, the Board may adjust the rankings, though not the order of said fighters, to reflect performances before the bout was ended.

* Inactive champions (August 2015). If a champion is inactive in his division, attempts will be made to contact the champion/designee for an official announcement or clarification of his intentions. If none is forthcoming and the champion has not defended his throne after 18 months, and the first- and second-ranked contenders meet, then the official winner may become the rightful successor.

* Performance-enhancing drugs (September 2015). If a contender fails a drug test conducted by a legitimate regulator or a contracted independent testing body (i.e. is found to have used a performance-enhancing drug or masking agent) or is otherwise found to be in gross violation of the rules and is suspended as a result, the board will summarily remove the contender from the rankings. The contender will have to earn reentry at the end of the determined length of suspension. Successful appeals will be honored and mitigating circumstances considered by the chairs.

Common sense is poised to make a comeback in boxing. We need your support. Spread the word about an organisation that asks nothing in return and rankings that Teddy Atlas said are the only ones to trust.

Visit our new, mobile-friendly website at http://www.tbrb.org often and share the page.

Join us on Twitter @TBRBoard.

Convince your friends and your friends’ friends to do the same. Consider lacing up a pair of gloves and denting a septum or two if reasoning fails. We can’t bail you out or pay your fine (we’re volunteers after all) but we’d appreciate such an apt observance of our third anniversary.