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 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_Wolves) 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: http://www.boxingnewsonline.net/kerry-hope-has-wbc-title-fight-decision-overturned/