Named and Shamed: Judging the Judges (May 2018)

May 5th – Disastrous reffing from Jerry Cantu in round four of Ryan Martin-Breidis Prescitt, ruling what would have been a body shot knockout for Martin a low blow.



Paul Butler suffered a Wright-Trinidad (or Tete-Butler!) esque schooling from Emmanuel Rodriguez.

The two rounds scored to him from Carlos Colon were pure charity.


May 11th – Tony Harrison comfortably beat Ishe Smith in a crossroads fight, only to almost be cost his win by the 95-94 card of Dave Moretti in favour of the veteran Smith.


May 12th – Rey Vargas was helped to victory in his hard-fought title defence against Azat Hovhannisyan by the unrealistically wide cards of Don Trella (117-111) & Kevin Morgan (118-110).


May 19th – At the big show in Elland Road soccer stadium, the timekeeper fucked up big time.

Nicola Adams-Soledad del Valle Frias was set for ten two-minute rounds, but the end came with 2:59 on the clock in round one (Adams the ko winner) due to the timekeeper failing to ring the bell.

This is as grossly unprofessional as it gets.

Surely this must go down as a no contest, but there’s no indication so far that this will be the case.


The main event was a shock as Josh Warrington appeared to dominate Lee Selby for a fairytale win.

Alan Davis’ ridiculous 115-113 for Selby threatened to spoil the celebrations. A truly horrible card.


May 26th – Raul Caiz Sr. committed the error of incorrectly ruling a body shot knockdown as a low blow in round 4 of Kal Yafai’s win over David Carmona.

The multi-knockdown brawl finally ended with a corner retirement after seven rounds.

Named and Shamed: Judging the Judges (April 2018)

April 6th – I must begin by making mention of perhaps the most astonishingly bad decision from a commission we are likely to see all year.

The Texas commission saw fit to license Jack Lucious, a 62 or 64 year old (depending on where you look) taking part in his first fight in almost 32 years, to become the oldest professional boxer in history. He took on a 38 year old.

Was this a publicity stunt? It’s sick.

Of course, he was knocked out in one round.

How incredibly dangerous and negligent.



April 7th – Crap judging from Patricia Morse Jarman, who scored Julian Williams’ clear win over Nathaniel Gallimore even.


In Australia, adopted home favourite Dennis Hogan outpointed Jimmy Kilrain Kelly in a competitive bout.

Adam Height’s 119-109 card was a joke, however.


Adalaide Byrd is at it again, scoring Alfredo Angulo a 77-75 winner over Sergio Mora in a fight he decisively lost.

How much more does she have to shit the bed to be banned from judging permanently?


The James DeGale-Caleb Truax rematch could have been scored either way.

John McKaie’s 117-110 for DeGale was all wrong.


April 21st – Michael Alexander prematurely stopped Taoussy L’Hadji after one knockdown in the 7th round of her competitive fight with Natasha Jonas.

Something tells me he wouldn’t have done the same if it had been Jonas who hit the canvas.

Marcus McDonnell’s 98-92 was a hometown card for Tyrone McKenna vs. Anthony Upton in Belfast.
Unfortunately, he was the sole arbiter of the bout.
April 27th – Kermit Bayless’ 99-91 for Fredrick Lawson vs. Baishanbo Nasiyiwula was a ridiculously wide score.
April 28th – In Spain, Jon Miguez was the beneficiary of a 59-55 score in his disputed win over the visiting Ilya Usachev.
Unfortunately, I’ve been unable to get the name of the judge in question.
Further suspicious decision-making can be found in the Andoni Gago-Geoffrey Dos Santos bout later on the same card.
Ref Philippe Wouters crucially deducted Dos Santos points in each of the final two rounds, which was key to deciding the result.
In Philadelphia, ref Shawn Clark incorrectly ruled two knockdowns against Desmond Nicholson in round 3 of his fight with Jesse Hart.
Both were pushes, the first one particularly clear.
Later, in the 7th round, preceding the finishing sequence, Hart landed and Nicholson bent to his knees, shortly afterwards touching his gloves to canvas. Bizarrely, no knockdown was called.
The finishing sequence was also strange. Nicholson went down complaining of a foul and, still down, he complains to Clark as his count reaches eight.
Instead of counting him out, Clark stops at that point. Eventually, well after what would have been a ten count, Nicholson rises, shows little interest in continuing and the fight is waved off. It’s at this point that Nicholson again resumes his remonstrations.
Overall, it was a complete and utter mess overseen by Shawn Clark.


In New York, Daniel Jacobs was given a surprisingly competitive test by Maciej Sulecki.
John McKaie (116-111) & Carlos Ortiz Jr. (117-110) didn’t reflect this adequately in their final scores.

May 29th’s Random Boxing Rants

There’s a certain hypocrisy to the difference in coverage many in the British boxing world have given to the doping test failures of Canelo and Tyson Fury.

The former is, rightly, a subject of widespread negative discussion, but Fury’s nandralone failure is being swept under the rug almost entirely.


Joshua Buatsi is going to be a hell of a lot better than Anthony Yarde, in my view.


The leads me on to my next observation, that Frank Warren’s recent comment that his stable is superior to Matchroom’s is possibly the dumbest boxing proclamation I’ll hear all year.


It was sad, but also fitting, to see David Haye go out the way he did against Tony Bellew: conquered by his failing body and an opponent he would have beaten comfortably in his prime, but probably ultimately laughing his way to the bank with four big paydays since his comeback that his diminished in-ring ability didn’t merit.

George Groves’ summation of it all was the most poignant:

The Ring magazine is absolutely finished, at least in its current incarnation or until it gets new, somewhat independent ownership –


What to make of Eddie Hearn’s deal with new streaming service, DAZN?

We saw how disastrously the PBC has tanked, but Hearn is a different animal so I suspect it’ll do a hell of a lot better than Haymon’s failed experiment. The fact that he has his own platform guaranteed for at least two years, rather than buying airtime with no future license fees likely forthcoming, is a good start.

Hearn supposedly already has more money at his budgetary disposal now than HBO and SHO combined.

I suspect he’ll build an impressive stable of several dozen international names and it’s prescient of him (along with Top Rank and ESPN+) to move to an OTT streaming model. All sports, especially niche ones, are likely to transition to online platforms in the coming five or ten years. Amazon Prime have already taken the rights to tennis in this part of the world, for example. The way people view sport and entertainment is changing rapidly.

It’s a very exciting concept overall, but will all depend on who Hearn signs, what fights he can make with his large budget and how successfully DAZN takes off in the next couple of years.


16 extra fight nights per year at no further cost is a great deal for Sky subscribers in the UK and Ireland. This is on top of the 20+ cards already provided annually on the channel.

Compare that to Boxnation (who I’ve loyally subscribed to, and generally enjoyed hugely, since day one in 2011):

  1. Their acquisitions of international and domestic content has taken a significant dip since Warren joined up with BT, meaning less shows for the fans.
  2. The renewal of their deal with BT means that starting with Tyson Fury’s comeback on June 9th, none of the shows headlined by Warren’s biggest stars will be available on Boxnation. To watch these, fans will have to be subscribed to BT itself to see it on their channel.
  3. So much for proclamations from Frank when he embarked on the BT linkup that Boxnation subscribers would have access to all shows, including PPVs (which was the case for Canelo-GGG, but not anymore thanks to the new BT Box Office channel), at no extra cost.
  4. “A total of 30 live televised boxing events will see Frank Warren as Europe’s most active Promoter”, the press release in November 2016 stated. What happened there? A rough count yields a number of 13 for 2017. So far this year, how many cards has he put on? A grand total of three, when it was supposed to be 20 per year on BT, with a further 10 exclusive to Boxnation. His output has been pathetic.

Pound4poundireland Scorecards from May 2018

Ryan Garcia 98-92 Jayson Velez, officially UD

Emmanuel Rodriguez 120-106 Paul Butler, officially UD

Cecilia Braekhus 97-92 Kali Reis, officially UD

Josh Warrington 117-111 Lee Selby, officially SD

Oscar Rivas 100-90 Herve Hubeaux, officially UD

Adonis Stevenson 116-113 Badou Jack, officially a DRAW

Jerwin Ancajas 119-109 Jonas Sultan, officially UD