Named and Shamed: Judging the Judges (November & December 2016)

Nov. 3rd – Did this show in Variani, Georgia’s “Sport Hall” actually happen?! — http://boxrec.com/show/742202

 

Nov. 5th – Phil Sutcliffe Jr. was very lucky to get the decision over Chris Jenkins in Belfast, but it was the margin of ref Hugh Russell Jr’s 98-93 card (he was the bout’s sole scorer) that makes this a particularly egregious robbery.

 

In Vegas, Dave Moretti’s 114-113 card for Pacquiao against Jessie Vargas was very generous to the Nevada boy.

 

Credit to the poster going by the username ‘Wallet’ on the Checkhookboxing.com forums for unearthing this one.

 

There’s something very fishy about the record of former George Groves opponent, Baker Barakat, a German-based, Kurdish-born journeyman.

9 of his 41 ‘wins’ can be attributed to trilogies with Michael Gensing (0-14), Vadim Lebedev (1-15) & Denis Tykanov (1-13).

Another 6 are due to facing the murderer’s row of Constantin Stavre (0-10), Frank Borchert (0-17) & Achmed Kodar (0-15).

Perhaps the most amusing part though, is that he beat Ommid Mostaghim in 2007, and since then Mostaghim has refereed 5 of his fights.

After beating Guekkan Acar in 2009, Acar officiated one of Barakat’s fights a year later.

The majority of these bouts took place in the Energy Gym or Vital Gym, and were, wait for it, promoted by Barakat himself!

Apparently sanctioned by the German Boxing Association, these sham contests are a stain on the sport, but this is something that regularly goes on all around the world.

 

http://www.boxingscene.com/felix-sturm-b-sample-also-positive-banned-ped–110654

Felix Sturm’s B-sample has also tested positive, thus confirming my September suspicions as to why he left Germany, where legal action and a possible jail sentence await – https://pound4poundireland.wordpress.com/2016/10/01/named-and-shamed-judging-the-judges-september-2016/

Amusingly, BDB boss Thomas Putz, he of the alleged improper “commercial involvement” with Sturm (https://pound4poundireland.wordpress.com/2016/11/02/named-and-shamed-judging-the-judges-october-2016/), says Sturm will receive no ban due to his, now confirmed, test failure.

 

Nov. 12th – Nelson Altamirano was hosed by judges Dieter Adam (75-78), Oliver Brien (73-79) and Arnold Golger (74-78) in his bout against home prospect Phillip Nsingi in Magdeburg, Germany.

 

 

Nov. 18th – When tragedies happen in boxing, it’s all too easy to look back in hindsight and say a fight should have been halted, behaving as if we could see it coming in the deteriorating condition of the damaged fighter, when this is usually not the case.

However, sometimes it is justified, and, hand on heart, to me, and I’m sure many others, Eduard Gutknecht did not look right as he absorbed unnecessary punishment in the final rounds of his fight with George Groves.

Maybe it was in part due to a sense of deja vu stemming from Nick Blackwell in recent times, his career-ender with Eubank Jr. having also been aired on Channel 5.

Post-fight, Gutknecht collapsed, was placed into a coma for a brain bleed and is now undergoing treatment in Germany, with no good news yet emerging in the 5 weeks since.

I say this with restraint, but Terry O’Connor has long proven to be an unsafe and incompetent referee. In my view, he was at fault here for not stopping the fight 3 or 4 rounds from the end, which may have made a great difference to the current condition of Gutknecht.

 

Nov. 19th – Robert Hoyle’s 97-93 card in favour of Maurice Hooker over Darleys Perez was odious.

 

But this judging controversy was lost in the fervent debate over the result of that night’s Kovalev-Ward main event.

 

Burt A. Clements, Glenn Trowbridge and John McKaie have all come under scrutiny for their matching 114-113 cards in favour of Ward in a bout most observers, at least those at ringside or watching on HBO PPV, saw Kovalev as winning.

What must be remembered in the heat of post-fight debate is that there is a disctinct line between controversy & reasoned disagreement around a close fight and hyperbolic shouts of robbery.

I had to laugh at RingTV’s Doug Fischer’s tweet of “OH MY GOD. This is the worst robbery I’ve ever witnessed”.

The truth is that, while the majority saw Kovalev the winner, I and many others thought the judging was ultimately accurate, with Ward finding a way to bank rounds down the stretch to win. It was a fight with many close rounds that could have been scored either way.

Let’s leave the cries of robbery in 2016 and just hope for a fun and decisive rematch in the new year.

 

Dec. 10th – Danrex Tapsadan has been named and shamed here before, and he earned further mention for his handling of Isaac Dogboe vs. Julian Evaristo Aristule in Auckland, New Zealand.

Dogboe dropped Aristule in round 7 and a slow count allowed the journeyman to box on and receive further punishment. Then, once Aristule was dropped again, Tapsadan was going to let him continue, though he was obviously in no fit state to, before a more compassionate corner waved the white towel.

 

One of the year’s biggest boxing black eyes surely must be the recent case of Alexander Povetkin failing a drug test (his 2nd this year) days before a planned title eliminator, only to still be allowed by the Professional Boxing Federation Of Russia to fight a new opponent on less than a day’s notice, whom he duly knocked out in brutal fashion.

Here is Dan Rafael’s take on the lurid subject:

http://www.espn.com/boxing/story/_/id/18318905/allowing-alexander-povetkin-fight-testing-positive-not-boxing-greatest-moment

 

Dec. 30th –  What in the hell was ref Yuji Fukuchi doing at the conclusion of the Ryota Murata-Bruno Sandoval bout?

This is up there with the ref that helped Yoan Pablo Hernandez to his feet to continue after he was heavily knocked down by Wayne Braithwaite in 2008.

This has to be seen to be believed:

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