A year of judging the judges on this site has come to an end, so on to the question of who were some of the worst repeat offenders of the year?
Marcus McDonnell claims the unenviable #1 position amongst referees & judges with 4 separate citations for poor officiating.
Waleska Roldan, Terry O’Connor, Steve Gray and Alexander Kalinkin also picked up multiple mentions each.
The Professional Boxing Federation of Russia (for allowing Povetkin to fight days after a failed test), the New York State Athletic commission (for the exposure of their widespread corruption and incompetence; special mention to then-chairman Tom Hoover), the California commission (for allowing Salido-Vargas to go ahead after Vargas’ positive test; yes, it resulted in the fight of the year, but I don’t want dirty boxing, no matter how entertaining), and, AIBA (for the rampant levels of fixed draws, bribery, lack of drug testing and seeming mission to annihilate amateur boxing from the inside) deserve particular shaming.
Little tops Germany’s BDB commission, who, led by equivocating president Thomas Putz, were involved in a myriad of scandals this year, involving the failed drug tests of Erkan Teper, Felix Sturm & Sam Soliman, sanctioning a gross Odlanier Solis mismatch versus a novice, and being stripped of their status as a “full member” by the EBU.
For the sake of relative brevity, here are selected details of the most serious BDB oversights relating to the Erkan Teper situation:
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?
The Erkan Teper-David Price situation is everything that’s wrong with boxing’s fractured governance and poorly managed PED testing.
Jake Donovan’s report for Boxingscene.com outlines the lurid chain of events in detail: http://www.boxingscene.com/teper-dealt-two-year-ban-price-ko-changed-no-contest–99702?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
The German Boxing Federation (BDB) are most at fault: taking five months to disclose the failed test for the Price fight; it only coming to light now that Teper had previously failed a test & was given a short ban in mid-2014; and for failing to inform the European Boxing Union about any of this until December 2015, when Teper had shortly beforehand been scheduled to fight once again for their title.
It was also somehow not revealed publicly that a police raid on Teper’s residence in April of last year uncovered vast amounts of PEDs (for example, clenbuterol, testosterone, growth hormone and Methandrostenolone).
How did my prospect of the year picks for 2016 pan out?
Pretty well, actually.
Anthony Joshua is, very rapidly, positioning himself as perhaps boxing’s single biggest draw. Sorry, Canelo…
A banner year saw a world title won earlier than expected & two routine defences. AJ is still learning on the job but packing arenas and riding the hype train to eye-popping PPV numbers for Sky.
This is only the beginning.
A hoped-for crowd of 90k will witness his headline debut at Wembley, and first foray into the top tier of the division, against ‘old’ Wlad Klitschko.
Takuma Inoue was all set for a year-end title challenge in just his 9th bout, but injury prevented this. His time will come.
Callum Smith became mandatory challenger for Badou Jack in April, but has had to wait for this title shot to be ordered by the sanctioning body. In the meantime, he racked up three easy stay-busy wins.
What about the fights I hoped would happen in 2016?
Unfortunately, only 3 of the 13 hoped-for contests happened, although DeGale-Jack is set for later this month.
Not a good haul and reflective of a poor year for the sport.
Less than a month to go before the astonishingly bad Chris Eubank Jr.-Renold Quinlan fight on ITV PPV.
As it stands, there’s more than a few reasons to believe this farce won’t actually end up happening: