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: http://ucnlive.com/so-this-is-the-end-we-hope-so/

 

 

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: http://www.boxingscene.com/antonio-margarito-receives-green-light-ring-return–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.

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