June 3rd – Rances Barthelemy luckily wasn’t affected by the rancid Hilton Whitaker Jr.’s 110-117 card en route to his easy win over Mickey Bey.
June 4th – Raul Caiz Sr. pulled a Pat Russell by stopping the first round of the Francisco Vargas-Orlando Salido war ten seconds early at the sound of the clapper.
Fortunately, there was enough action elsewhere in the bout to make up for the deficit.
On the undercard, Abraham Lopez-Julian Ramirez resulted in a controversial decision, as most every observer saw Ramirez as the clear winner.
Judges Max DeLuca (97-93), Carla Caiz (97-93), & Fernando Villarreal (98-92) saw things exactly the opposite.
June 10th – Lucien Reid’s thrashing of journeyman Trayan Slavev was stopped a full minute too late by ref/sadist-in-training Kieran McCann.
June 25th – David Benavidez-Francy Ntetu ended in bizarre fashion, with ref Shada Murtaugh calling a halt to matters suddenly after a period of Ntetu success and with the fighter in no visible distress.
Some good reporting from Boxingscene’s David Greisman sheds further light on the matter:
June 28th – Longtime fringe contender Edner Cherry appeared to lose an upset to unknown Haskell Rhodes, only to be saved by the cards of Kevin Morgan (98-92), John Poturaj (97-93), & Steve Weisfeld (97-93).
Disgraced Erkan Teper returned to fight Derric Rossy on July 3rd.
But how was this allowed to happen after his 2 year ban for PED use going back to his knockout of David Price last July (as well as the police raid on his home that uncovered vast amounts of PEDs, something that has seemingly gone unpunished)?
More details of his ban can be found here:
The answer once again lies in the eternally fractured state of boxing’s regulatory structure, as Germany’s boxing commission (BDB) are under no obligation to honour the EBU’s ban.
Check out the asinine reasoning offered by BDB president Thomas Puetz for their decision:
Does anyone think a fine, random testing & a last-chance probationary stance is enough of a punishment, or enough of a justification to not honour the EBU’s ban?
Thankfully, Rossy wasn’t hurt in a ten round decision loss, but what about Teper’s next opponent?
If there was any justice in boxing, Teper would never be allowed to fight again after what he’s done.