Named & Shamed: Judging the Judges (February 2016)

Antonio Margarito has been licensed to fight in Mexico and begin an ill-fated comeback from a 4 year+ retirement.

He hadn’t won a fight in six years and the effects of the horrific eye injury sustained against Manny Pacquiao are still grossly evident, as seen in the picture below.

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Here is what I wrote in September, as his return was gaining steam:

“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.”

This piece is being written on March 10th, so knowing how Margarito’s fight on the 5th played out only serves to reinforce my opinion that he should never have been allowed to box professionally again.

The former titlist escaped with a close decision against the similarly faded also-ran Jorge Paez Jr., overcoming a heavy knockdown in the sixth round, an aberration for the normally iron-chinned Margarito.

He seems determined to continue his comeback, and, while many would like to see him further punished for his past sins with loaded gloves, here’s hoping he’s never licensed to box in the US again, or against a significant opponent.

 

Feb. 20th – It’s going to be tough to top this one for robbery of the year.

Fedor Chudinov lost his undefeated record and world title in a rematch with Felix Sturm that he appeared to dominate. I scored just a single round for Sturm but the old adage of needing a knockout to get a draw in Germany reared its ugly head once more.

I suppose the signs were there in their first meeting, a similarly dominant win for Chudinov, which was somehow scored a split decision. Both of their meetings took place on cards self-promoted by Sturm, which must have played a part in influencing the judging.

Jean-Louis Legland (113-115), Giuseppe Quartarone (113-115), and Ignacio Robles (114-114) should be the subjects of an investigation for such terrible scorecards.

It’s worth noting that this was just the second fight in the four-year history of the TBRB (http://www.tbrb.org/), of which I am a member, to garner enough member support that the ‘robbery clause’ was triggered. This meant that the official result was not recognized, and Chudinov retained his ranking as if he had won the fight. This is fair, but will obviously be scant consolation.

Sturm, on the other hand, is 37, hadn’t won a fight since 2013, and is basically shot ability-wise, yet this allows his gravy train on German TV to roll on for another while yet.

Such is boxing.

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