Named & Shamed: Judging the Judges (November & December 2015)

November 4th – The latest poorly handled major Russian card of the year took place in Kazan.


Murzabekov-Bogere should have been stopped by ref Leszek Jankowiak after the second knockdown in round 2, which would have spared Bogere a brutal knockout.


Shortly before Afolabi upset home fighter Chakhkiev with a one punch ko, ref Grzegorz Molenda conveniently failed to notice an obvious knockdown scored by Afolabi.


Overall, the medical work at this card was atrocious, with doctors not tending properly to knocked out fighters: in some cases, raising them immediately to their feet, and not turning them to their sides to prevent the swallowing of their own tongue.


November 6th – In an incredible display of sportsmanship the likes of which I’ve never seen in boxing before, Dennis Don Kiy raised his opponent Andre Bunga’s hand and openly declared him the actual winner after receiving a 6 round decision on a small card in Germany.

Offending judges: Francesco Gippetto 59-59; Arno Pokrandt 58-56; Jens Kluge 59-57.


On the same bill, the ridiculous Briedis-Hubert mismatch should have been stopped earlier than it was, and ref Arno Pokrandt ignored Hubert taking a knee at one point.


November 7th – After a stirring effort in challenging for Scott Cardle’s British title, Sean Dodd, seemingly with a healthy lead, was unjustly stopped on his feet by ref Terry O’Connor with 62 seconds to go before the final bell.

The latest terrible botch from this incompetent official.

What we didn’t know was that due to the shitty scorecards (I’m not aware which two out of Phil Edwards, Marcus McDonnell & Dave Parris messed up), Dodd was going to lose a split decision even if he had seen the final bell.


In Dublin the same night, ref Mickey Vann’s 97-95 card was a terrible reflection of Peter McDonagh’s virtual shutout dominance of Dean Byrne in their Irish title main event.


In Vegas, Kenny Bayless allowed Gunnar Jackson to hold constantly in order to survive ten rounds against Ryota Murata.

On top of his recent questionable handling of Mayweather fights, Bayless seemingly can’t bring himself to punish holding at all.


November 21st – Burt Clements (118-110) & Dave Moretti (119-109) gave Cotto no credit for his competitive effort in defeat to Canelo Alvarez.


November 28th – Tony Weeks ignored a blatant jumping headbutt (a la Victor Ortiz) from a desperate Wladimir Klitschko in the eleventh round en route to losing his championship to Tyson Fury.


Barry Lindenman’s 117-111 card for Pedro Guevara over Yu Kimura was criticized for not reflecting their split decision 108lb. title fight.


In Canada, Eleider Alvarez squeaked by Isaac Chilemba in a majority decision that I felt Chilemba narrowly won.

Peter Hary’s 118-110 for Alvarez was a bad joke.


In the main event of that card, Lucian Bute got no credit from the judges (Phil Edwards 117-111, Benoit Roussel 117-111, Nelson Vazquez 116-112) in his strong challenge of James DeGale.


December 5th – Referee Freddy Rafn was widely criticized for his terrible handling throughout of the Daws-Nieto European title fight.

This culminated in disqualifying Daws in the tenth for what he very dubiously deemed to have been an intentional headbutt.

The EBU have ordered an immediate rematch.


Finally time to give some credit to an official this time of the year.

Harvey Dock stopped Danny Jacobs-Peter Quillin at the perfect time.

With Quillin out on his feet, in a situation where most refs would have panicked (I’m looking at you, Ian John-Lewis), he took a few seconds to look into Quillin’s eyes as he stumbled on Bambi legs, and seeing a vacant stare, correctly called a halt to the fight before Jacobs could knock his defenseless opponent cold.


December 12th – In one of the year’s biggest upsets, Luke Campbell was made to look like an amateur by Yvan Mendy.

Not that homer judge John Keane (115-113 for Campbell) saw it that way.


December 19th – Billy Joe Saunders outboxed and outpunched Andy Lee to win a 160lb. title.

However, the verdict was a majority decision due to the laughable Marcus McDonnell card, which scored things a 113-113 draw.

British officials really are the worst in boxing.


Perhaps the worst decision of the year was saved for the final major card of 2015, as Nicholas Walters authored a near shutout of unheralded Jason Sosa in Verona, New York.

Universal outcry greeted the even cards of Don Ackerman and Wynn Kintz, and especially the Tom Schreck card of 96-94 Sosa, which rendered the fight a majority draw.

2 thoughts on “Named & Shamed: Judging the Judges (November & December 2015)

  1. Nice work, as usual.

    I’m glad you alerted us to that Kiy bout. I went to YouTube to see for myself. Talk about magnanimity.

    So, BJS takes it. Not in the most spectacular of fashions, but skillfully and intelligently, and he is the rightful champion. Unless he rushes into a match with a reigning superstar (eg, Canelo) he will be awfully hard to beat. Eubank Jr. won’t manage it, in my view. Not immediately, anyway.

    Best of holidays to you, Jeremy. It was a hell of a lot of fun exchanging notes this year!

    • Thanks, and I only caught that display of sportsmanship by chance myself, as it was an obscure, unadvertised small hall card. Glad I did.

      It was a fascinating fight throughout: a purist’s exercise in fistic chess and fine way to end the year.

      I was very impressed by Saunders, and expect him to be matched right & hold onto the belt for quite a while.

      He showed great improvement from the Eubank Jr. contest a year ago. His strategy was spot on, he kept his composure throughout, showed surprising power, and, even though he again faded to a degree late, it seemed less due to conditioning than to playing it safe with a healthy lead in hand.

      As for Lee, his luck was bound to run out sooner rather than later, but he showed great heart as always to survive the torrid third round. He can come again right back into a significant fight, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him in with Jacobs next year in NYC.

      Same to you and yours, Richard. It’s been tremendously enjoyable and I always look forward to your comments before & after all the big fights.

      Thank you sincerely for taking the time to read my site.

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