Steve Bunce: “Following the Female Ali is tough, but professional Katie Taylor can be the sport’s next pioneer”

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/general/boxing/following-the-female-ali-tough-katie-taylor-pioneer-womens-boxing-a7389826.html

For the Independent

Exciting times for Irish boxing, and, even though Taylor is past her best, I expect her to comfortably win a world title in the paid ranks (probably within 6 fights) & bring some big fight nights back to the Republic of Ireland.

Named and Shamed: Judging the Judges (September 2016)

Felix Sturm is facing a potential 3 year prison sentence at the hands of German police due to a doping investigation opened in the aftermatch of his failed test stemming from the robbery rematch ‘win’ over Fedor Chudinov:

http://www.boxingscene.com/felix-sturm-faces-three-years-prison-over-doping-investigation–108501

That couldn’t have anything to do with why he recently moved away from Germany and back to his homeland of Bosnia, could it?

 

The Tyson and Hughie Fury hearing for their failed UKAD drug tests will be on November 4th.

It’s worth noting tht Team Fury still claim that the ankle injury (which forced the Klitschko bout’s penultimate cancellation) was legitimate and that they were informed of the provisional suspension less than an hour after they had announced publicly the postponement of the bout.

Team Fury further claim that, when first informed about the failed tests, they were told by UKAD that they had done nothing wrong and were given dietary information on foods which may contain nandralone.

We can only hope the truth of the matter becomes more clear in the aftermath of the hearing.

While it’s not relevant now in the wake of Tyson’s failed test for cocaine and the cancellation of the October 29th date (whether this was the real reason, or the claims of mental health problems are genuine), it is still crazy to me that the hearing was scheduled for after he would have been potentially allowed to fight again against Klitschko.

What in the hell would have happened if Fury had beaten Klitschko again, only to be found guilty of a doping offence from nearly two years prior & handed a ban?

 

Another piece of ignominious news worth noting is that UKAD testers were allegedly sent packing and told to “fuck off” without being allowed to collect a sample when they showed up at the Fury camp:

http://linkis.com/www.mirror.co.uk/spo/N9EJK

It seems this was a test that was sought to be conducted prior to the September 22nd cocaine failure under the aegis of VADA.

Will this refusal to submit to be tested play a part in the UKAD hearing?

 

Thomas Hauser continues to expose the incompetence of the New York State athletic commission:

https://pound4poundireland.wordpress.com/2016/09/20/thomas-hauser-for-the-ring-turmoil-grows-at-the-nysac/

‘ [An] email, sent in the wake of the July 30 Leo Santa Cruz vs. Carl Frampton card at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, read in part, “There are some instances that occurred this past weekend that are very concerning and will need to be addressed immediately. Hopefully, by sending this written communication to all, we can help prevent future mistakes and continually improve our operations.”

Among other things, the email declared (partly in solid capital letters and bold type), “NEVER LEAVE A FIGHTER ALONE FOR ANY REASON AFTER A PRE-FIGHT URINE HAS BEEN COLLECTED. This is one of the most basic and important rules to follow.”

That was followed by another declaration in solid capital letters and bold type: “NEVER TELL A BOXER OR CORNER THAT YOU ARE NEW OR YOU DON’T KNOW THE RULES. In any situation where you may be confused or where clarification is necessary, you should always remain calm and collected, and simply explain to the fighter and their corner that you need to discuss the matter with a supervisor.”

There was more.

“Everyone needs to understand the proper way to wrap a hand, as well as any incorrect methods that a corner may try to sneak past you. We only allow 6 inches of tape on the hand before wrapping; not on the wrists, not on the elbows, not on the fingers, not on the forearms. We also do not allow the knuckle pads to be rolled on the knuckles. They are to remain flat (if necessary, they can be folded in half).”

Bentley further admonished, “As an inspector, if you notice something that you think is being done incorrectly by another inspector, ask your colleague to step to the side and have a private conversation to discuss your concerns. You may be wrong, so to call a matter to the attention of a fighter or their camp (or even the opponent and their camp) is completely unprofessional and is equivalent to shouting ‘FIRE!’ in a crowded room.”

Problems like this arise when inspectors are poorly trained and assigned to fights on the basis of political priorities and personal favoritism rather than competence.’

 

Sept. 10th – Cathy Leonard’s 117-111 card was well off in the Roman Gonzalez-Carlos Cuadras 115lb. title fight.

 

The same can be said of Glen Hamada’s 117-111 for Lee Haskins in his rematch win over Stuart Hall, a fight that could have been scored either way.

 

Sept. 17th – In Gdansk, Poland, Patryk Szymanski was very fortunate to escape with the decision over the visiting Jose Antonio Villalobos.

Przemyslaw Moszumanski (95-94) and Andreas Stenberg (96-94) were the offending parties.

 

Sept. 24th – It was another bad night for officiating on a British card in the Anthony Crolla-Jorge Linares show.

Firstly, Guillermo Perez Pineda scored Jack Arnfield a 118-110 winner over John Ryder in an even fight.

Serial offender Terry O’Connor, as ref for the main event, repeatedly warned Linares for beltline ‘low blows’, usually at the prompting of Crolla himself, who stopped on multiple occasions and looked to O’Connor for help.

O’Connor happily obliged his countryman, causing Paulie Malignaggi on commentary to rightly blast him for “home cooking”.

In my opinion, it’s ridiculous that any world title bout can be refereed by someone from the same country as one of the particpants.

It’s yet another backwards practice in boxing that routinely invites bias and controversy.