Named and Shamed: Judging the Judges (August 2016)

August 4th – Washed up heavyweight Odlanier Solis was allowed by the BDB, clearly an absolute joke of a commission, to begin his comeback against the 2-25 Milos Dovedan, with 22 knockout losses to his name.

Fat slob Solis took him out in two rounds, but this sort of sham contest is a disgrace to boxing.

Solis may be finished, but he’s a former Olympic champion for god’s sake. Dovedan shouldn’t be allowed to box, never mind fight someone of Solis’s elite background.

 

Incredible incompetence at play from Tom Hoover and others at the New York State athletic commission, as well as the political railroading of David Berlin, as reported by Thomas Hauser:

https://pound4poundireland.wordpress.com/2016/08/14/thomas-hauser-for-ringtv-nysac-under-fire-the-federal-government-steps-in-parts-i-ii/

If this is what’s happening at one of the world’s biggest fight commissions, one wonders what happens where nobody is looking. An insight, perhaps, can be found in our look at the McMahon experience in Mexico a little later.

 

As also discussed by Hauser, the rise of mandatory insurance requirements in New York to the ludicrous $1m in the aftermatch of the Abdusalamov tragedy is threatening to kill boxing in New York, particularly at a grass roots level.

George Willis further expounds on this topic, arguing that it is a measure implemented to protect the state from liability, rather than to protect boxers:

http://nypost.com/2016/09/02/insurance-requirement-for-contact-sports-hides-ugly-reality/

 

Aug. 13th – Comrade Roy Jones Jr.’s latest bout in the neverending retirement tour took place in his hometown of Pensacola.

The opponent was of the Dovedan sort that should never have been sanctioned by the Florida boxing brass: a loser of 9 in a row, winless since 2002, named Rodney Moore.

It’s a testament to how far gone Roy is that it went the full ten.

 

In a statement from its president, Juan Carlos Pelayo, the Commission of Professional Boxing and Wrestling in Tijuana ruled that Antonio Margarito would not be required to pass any special medical exams on the state of his grotesquely disfigured eye prior to his bout with Ramon Alvarez.

The laughable reason given was that he had passed a supposedly “very rigourous study” undertaken by a Mexico City physician prior to the first fight of his sure to be disastrous comeback.

No concern was given to the tremendous punishment he absorbed in that fight, and any damage he may have accummulated in sparring since.

He escaped from his second return fight with a split decision.

 

Joe O’Neill of irish-boxing.com reports on the rather stunning set of circumstances that surrounded Christina McMahon’s controversial world title defeat to Zulina Munoz on March 12th:

http://www.irish-boxing.com/wbc-corruption-details-mcmahons-mexico-nightmare/#

Tainted gloves, suspect scoring, no check weigh-ins, lack of supervisors, lack of contractually-mandated anti-doping testers, and, after pressure from the McMahon team, urine samples collected in cotton bud containers and allegedly tested, if they were at all, in a lab without WADA certification.

So much for the WBC’s much-vaunted ‘clean boxing programme’.

 

Aug. 21st – Bernard Bruni’s 99-91 card didn’t do Shelley Vincent justice in her loss to Heather Hardy on the NBC-televised undercard of Errol Spence.

 

As one can already see, despite August being a light month for boxing, at least on the professional front, there was no shortage of controversy and incompetence to reflect on with the standard incredulity.

However, nothing was to compare to the absolute farce that was the 2016 Olympic boxing tournament.

Those in the know could see it coming a mile away, thanks to the reporting of Ognan Georgiev, and Owen Wilson et al of The Guardian:

https://pound4poundireland.wordpress.com/2016/08/16/owen-gibson-for-the-guardian-olympic-boxing-tournament-hit-by-corruption-allegations/

https://pound4poundireland.wordpress.com/2016/08/17/the-guardian-olympic-boxing-corruption-alive-and-well-says-official-as-rows-continue/

 

Jake Donovan of Boxingscene sums the tournament’s judging up nicely:

https://pound4poundireland.wordpress.com/2016/08/20/jake-donovan-of-boxingscene-on-the-olympic-scoring-controversies-because-thats-boxing-for-you/

 

The most publicized victim of the many robberies was Ireland’s Michael Conlan, whose gloriously frank live reaction went viral:

https://pound4poundireland.wordpress.com/2016/08/16/video-michael-conlan-reacts-on-rte-to-olympic-robbery/

I was also pleased to see that RTE had a sense of humour about the situation:

https://pound4poundireland.wordpress.com/2016/08/17/rte-asks-can-you-beat-nikitin/

 

Evgeny Tishchenko’s ‘win’ over Vassily Levit in the heavyweight gold medal match was the other result which drew the greatest ire.

Michael Gallagher, Armando Alvarado Carbonell and Kheira Yakoub Sidi were assigned to do the dirty work of their higher-ups.

Elsewhere, the Tony Yoka-Filip Hrgovic super heavyweight semi final was bad enough, with Mykola Karakulov and Jose Bonet conspiring to screw Hrgovic out of his rightful final spot for bouncing Yoka all over the ring.

However, the final was even worse, as Yoka was gifted gold despite a domination at the hands of Joe Joyce.

It doesn’t take a statistical overview to see who was the rightful winner, but Compubox estimates that Joyce outlanded Yoka by more than 2 to 1, tripling him in the power punch department:

http://www.worldboxingnews.net/2016/08/22/news/joyce-lands-double-yoka-s-punches-in-olympic-final-say-stats

Such obvious superiority wasn’t enough for the crooked pair of Emre Aydin and Roland Juhasz.

 

The International Olympic Committee show no signs of stepping in and seriously investigating the rampant bribes, bought and paid for medals, fixed draws & assignment of judges, therefore the corruption overseen by president Wu Ching-kuo of AIBA will continue unabated.

Anybody that takes amateur boxing, or semi-pro codes like the World Series of Boxing (WSB), seriously needs their head examined.

I certainly won’t be watching again, not in four years or forty.

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