Named and Shamed: Judging the Judges (July 2017)


July 1st – Frank Buglioni vs. Ricky Summers could have been scored either way.

Robert Williams’ rubbish 118-111 card didn’t at all reflect the action.



In Russia, the usual incompetent officiating took place throughout the card headlined by the disgraced Alexander Povetkin.

There was a scandalously late stoppage from ref Irakli Malazonia in Sergey Lubkovich-Gabor Gorbics.

Gorbics battled on with a closed eye and suffered a highlight reel KO for his troubles.

Irresponsible refereeing at its worst.


The exact same thing happened with, you guessed it, the same referee in charge of the night’s co-feature as Eduard Troyanovsky took on Michele Di Rocco.

The fight should have been stopped after the penultimate knockdown, the referee was too far away from the action as the final blows rained down, and it all resulted in a cruncing final punch to punctuate another highlight reel finish that should have been avoided.


Ref Viktor Panin was at the centre of a bizarre interlude in the Povetkin-Andriy Rudenko main event.

Halfway through the first round, a simple clinch and cuffing rabbit punch left Rudenko complaining of a neck injury, and he turned his back, refusing to fight on.

What followed was a five minute period when the ringside doctor openly gave treatment to Rudenko (since when is this allowed?), before he finally continued, and ended up going the 12 round distance, only intermittently complaining of the injury.

Clearly everyone involved was desperate to avoid the fight ending as an early no contest/unsatisfactory TKO, but was such an interlude anywhere in the rules? Shouldn’t Panin or someone at ringside have had a handle on what the correct procedure should be?

Since Panin initially didn’t rule any type of foul, accidental or otherwise, shouldn’t Rudenko’s sudden refusal to fight have resulted logically in the fight immediately being stopped?


July 2nd – Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn will surely go down as the year’s most debated and controversial fight, with opinions sharply divided on whether Horn was a worthy winner or Pacquiao was robbed.

Count me in the former camp, as I thought Horn was the clear winner and felt much of the ire for the judging (emanating mostly from the US) stemmed from Teddy Atlas jumping the shark on commentary for ESPN.

In my view, Chris Flores, Ramon Cerdan and even Waleska Roldan (whose 117-111 card matched my own) did a perfectly competent job.


July 8th – Phil Edwards allowed constant fouling and lacing from Gary Corcoran, as he mauled his way to a highly debatable decision over Larry Ekundayo.


July 29th – Jorge Sebastian Heiland hobbled around from the first bell against Jermall Charlo and never, excuse the pun, stood a chance.

Benjy Esteves Jr. should have stopped the fight earlier than he did, and in round 2 he showed amateurish indecision by initially made a hand motion to rule a knockdown a slip, only to then change his mind & pick up the count.

Heiland claimed to have suffered the injury at the beginning of the fight, but that seems an outright lie. Reportedly, Heiland even had trouble walking at the weigh in.

How such physical debilitation was not noticed and acted upon by anybody at the New York State Athletic Commission is a mystery.

It almost seems as if no pre-fight medical examination was carried out, which seems ludicrous, until one thinks that this very oversight was committed by this same commission in the recent past, as exposed by Thomas Hauser.


Jarrell Miller dominated Gerald Washington, stopping him after 8 rounds.

One judge somehow had the bout even at the time of the stoppage, but, at this time, I have been unable to find out which of the three it was.


July 30th – Victor Ortiz vs. Saul Corral should have been stopped after the penultimate knockdown, which would have saved Corral from an unnecessary brutal KO.

Shame on ref Jack Reiss.


Nevada State Athletic commission boss Bob Bennett is boxing’s least believable liar:

“I’m known as an executive director to be very conservative in approving fights, whether they [be] MMA or boxing. I have a format that I go by that I had to deviate a little from.”

An oxymoron, with the emphasis on moron.

His barely concealed glee at securing an “unprecedented event” for his state was vomit-worthy at yesterday’s fight week presser.


Further belly-laughs can be had in delving further into his reasoning for sanctioning this bout, acting as if a Nate Diaz fight in UFC has any bearing on a debutant taking on the best boxer of recent decades:–119408?


Most disturbingly, the NSAC flouted their own rules in allowing the use of 8oz gloves for this 154lb. fight, despite an open letter from the Association of Ringside Physicians warning of the dangers of such a decision:

Bennett sure did a 180 in the weeks following this quote from August 2nd:


It’s almost surprising until one takes into account all the previous occasions Nevada has bent over backwards to accomodate their favourite son:

6 thoughts on “Named and Shamed: Judging the Judges (July 2017)

  1. Great stuff, and really enjoyed the digs at Bennett!

    Yesterday I ran across a wire story to send you, a fawning little piece that depicts Floyd in lockup for his domestic abuse violation. He’s portrayed as a restless genius using his time behind bars to mastermind a strip club empire. (Apparently, he “immediately” began designing the Girl Collection menus, as one does in prison.) It offers Floyd’s exegesis on how and why strip clubs are successful, including tips on how much attention to pay to the help — not too little, not too much! Will get you the link.

    Meanwhile, this actually is a business analysis, published in our leading Wall St. rag, and surprisingly enough it’s rather good. Your old interlocutor Dibella makes an appearance, as does a bitter Lamps. (All that’s missing is a seething Oscar.) What’s good is the article’s ability to convey the conjoining of savvy, greed and sadism that propelled Floyd heavenwards, with the pivotal Gatti mismatch serving as the solution to marketing his fan-unfriendly style and inevitably midwiving the “Money” era which began and now ends with shooting fish in a barrel:

    • Bennett is truly a disgrace and is stealing a living.

      Haha that sounds like an amusing read, do send it on if you can please.

      Thank you for the Bloomberg piece, written by Butler, whose work I generally rate highly. (His book on Rigondeaux is terrific)

      It is interesting that the Gatti and McGregor mismatches will bookend his career…if he does indeed retire for good this time, something I have my doubts over.

      Whether good for boxing or not, Mayweather has been a genius of self-marketing, and it’s his in-ring genius which allows it all to keep afloat on the buoy of that 0. I don’t think that McGregor, as excellent a UFC fighter as he is, can have anywhere near Mayweather’s staying power as a draw at the top of fight sport. This is a good thing because, although he’s charismatic, his ridiculous personality is almost as grating to me as Mayweather at his worst.

      Don’t worry, Oscar is seething plenty that practically nobody will watch Cotto-Kamegai tonight. HBO should have bitten the bullet and moved this card, in my opinion.

      • Will keep an eye out for that Butler book.

        Keen for your thoughts on Rig vs. Loma!

        Agree r.e. May/McG personalities and grating quotient. I’ve come to belated admiration for Floyd’s promotional genius. He may understand the man in the street with a cunning sufficient for Trumpian levels, haha — said implications being simply too appalling to consider on a Sunday afternoon!

  2. Cheers! Dropped you an email.

    Man, that tweet should be his epitaph. That or “You never give me a fair shake! HBO needs to fire you! You don’t know shit about boxing!”

    • Haha he digs a hole for himself sometimes, does Floyd, but how could he possibly give a shit what anyone thinks when he has $500 million in the bank? The McGregor event/fight is indeed a fitting end for his career.

      Merchant vs. Floyd is probably the funniest moment I’ve ever seen watching boxing. An all-time classic.

      I got it, thanks Richard. I hope the attachment works, but if it doesn’t I do recommend getting the e-book the traditional way. Good read.

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