February 19th – Belatedly caught a February Shobox card and had to air some gripes.
John Magda clearly lost to Christopher Brooker but it was judged a majority decision due to the incompetent even card of Donald Givens.
Givens was banned by the New Jersey commission and didn’t judge for four years for his hand in screwing Erislandy Lara in his high profile fight with Paul Williams.
So much for rehabilitation.
The main event of Adam Lopez vs. Mario Munoz appeared to these eyes a draw, but the cards (Ron McNair 97-93, Eugene Grant 98-92, George Hill 98-92) never gave the visiting Munoz a chance.
In last month’s edition (https://pound4poundireland.wordpress.com/2016/04/10/named-shamed-judging-the-judges-march-2016/), I thrashed Lloyd Scaife for the worst card of the year in the Ortiz-Thompson fight.
Some excellent follow-up work from Boxingscene’s David Greisman sheds further surreal light on the matter: http://tinyurl.com/jdnvv44
The entire situation reads like a bad joke, and, sympathy for Scaife’s condition and all-too human error aside, it’s further evidence that nobody in their 80s should be allowed to judge a boxing match.
April 2nd – The Scott Cardle-Sean Dodd rematch managed to end in almost as much controversy as their first meeting, as the judges this time ruled it a draw.
However, I must admit that, while widespread sympathy seemed to lie with the non-establishment underdog Dodd, I thought that it was a perfectly fair decison and that Cardle deserved to hold onto his British title.
My mood soon changed though, as Christopher Rebrasse was thoroughly robbed against Rocky Fielding by the 114-113 scores of Juergen Langos & Daniel Van de Wiele.
April 8th – Bizarre stuff as usual in Russia, as ref Alexander Kalinkin (found culpable in this segment before) stopped the fight between Sergey Kuzmin and Konstantin Airich in the second round, but then changed his mind after mild protestation from Airich.
He stopped the fight for a second, and thankfully final, time moments later after a further barrage.
It made Ian John-Lewis look positively decisive.
April 9th – Ref Bob Williams allowed Ohara Davies to hold his glove without punching, Klitschko-style, in front of the face of Andy Keates for the duration of their fight without issuing a single warning.
Matthew Macklin can count himself a lucky boy.
Steve Gray did his best to help the veteran during his contest with Brian Rose by stopping the action with Macklin under pressure in the 11th, and then undeservingly docking a point from Rose for holding in the 12th.
Then Marcus McDonnell & Patrick Morley completed the job with BS 115-111 cards that denied Rose his victory, and barely kept Macklin’s career alive.
Marcus McDonnell’s night of incompetence continued when he almost disqualified Eric Hunter for basically no reason during his fight with Lee Selby, obviously influenced unduly by Hunter’s prior reputation of having been disqualified twice before.
Hunter lost widely, but had little chance of a fair shake from this referee.
April 16th – Ventsislav Nikolov’s 120-107 score was an absolute disgrace to the respectable challenge offered to John Warrington by the visiting Hisashi Amagasa.
How hard is it to get a good decision in the UK these days?
The Marcus Browne-Radivoje Kalajdzic fight in New York was another mess.
Firstly, a clear slip was ruled a knockdown in the opening round. Even the ref, Tony Chiarantano, seemed to acknowledge this with his comment of “you fell down” to Kalajdzic after he had risen. But still, a count was given and a crucial point deducted from his score.
Waleska Roldan (76-74) & Alan Rubenstein (76-75) ensured that the house fighter Browne escaped with the robbery decision.
April 30th – Marcus McDonnell’s nightmare month ended by being grossly late to stop the Anthony Yarde-Tzvetozar Iliev bout, which allowed Iliev to be badly knocked out and stretchered from the ring.
Thankfully, McDonnell missing an obvious knockdown scored by Anthony Nelson in round 7 of his war with Jamie Conlan couldn’t detract from, or change the result of, a top fight of the year contender.
VADA once again prove they’re the only testing agency worth taking seriously by catching Fernando Vargas for clenbuterol use in the lead-up to his highly-anticipated fight with Orlando Salido.
But will this stop the fight from going ahead?
Not in the world of boxing, where common sense never prevails and money dictates everything.
Boxingscene’s Jake Donovan reports on the full details of the California Commission’s resolution here: http://www.boxingscene.com/francisco-vargas-granted-temporary-license-submit-additional-testing–104011
Basically, Vargas will submit to supposedly thorough testing by the Commission from now until the fight, and only if he fails again, will he be punished and the fight cancelled.
Andy Foster and the other boobs in charge want us to believe that they lend credence to the now-routine excuse for cluenbuterol in one’s system: contamination through eating beef.
“We can’t and we won’t sanction a dirty fighter” says Foster, when that’s exactly what’s being done.
Laughable, and needless to say, I now have little interest in this Vargas-Salido freakshow.
Again, David Greisman provided further insight: http://www.boxingscene.com/fighting-words-on-francisco-vargas-positive-drug-test–104112