August 20th’s Random Boxing Rants

Frank Warren has received a lot of flack on this site in recent times, but big credit to the man if he successfully gets Frampton-Warrington & Wilder-Fury over the line for this year with a minimum of fuss or delay.

 

Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta (the latter of whom has amazingly challenged for the heavyweight title twice, 3 times if you count the regular belt) must rank as two of the worst challengers for a lineal title in boxing history, especially back to back.

 

Canelo-GGG II, Warrington-Frampton, Wilder-Fury, Usyk-Bellew, Joshua-Povetkin, Groves-Smith and probably more on top of all that.

That’s a lot of potential PPVs remaining this year for people in the UK and Ireland.

It’s an expensive time to be a boxing fan.

 

Perhaps taking a cue from this site’s monthly Judging the Judges segment (I kid), the Boxing Writers Association of America have begun a new initiative:

https://pound4poundireland.wordpress.com/2018/08/20/the-bwaas-officials-watch-list/

The BWAA’s Officials Watch List

http://www.bwaa.org/single-post/2018/07/31/The-BWAA-Announces-Its-Officials-Watch-List

Perhaps taking a cue from this site’s monthly Judging the Judges segment (I kid), the Boxing Writers Association of America have begun a new initiative:

The Boxing Writers Association of America has an obligation to boxing, so we would like to announce “THE BWAA OFFICIALS WATCH LIST,” a quarterly list that the BWAA will post in March, June, September and December here on the BWAA website. Much thought went into this decision, including the valued opinions from a combined group of over 30 BWAA members, general media, broadcast media, state commission and officials associated with professional boxing—who were in favor of this move.

THE BWAA OFFICIALS WATCH LIST

Boxing is a sport where ring judges and referees are rarely held accountable for poor performances that unfairly change the course of a fighter’s career and, in some instances, endanger lives.

The Boxing Writers Association of America is instituting a quarterly watch list in March, June, September and December with the intention of calling attention to what we believe are egregious errors in scoring by judges and conduct by referees that falls short of acceptable standards for refereeing.

This list is not all-inclusive. It reflects instances of particularly poor performance that have been brought to our attention. We encourage all BWAA members and others to email their concerns regarding officiating to BWAA president Joseph Santoliquito at JSantoliquitoBWAA@yahoo.com.

Pound4poundireland Scorecards from July 2018

Moruti Mthalane 114-113 Muhammad Waseem, officially UD

Nadjib Mohammedi 118-110 Fedor Chudinov, officially Chudinov by SD

Cecilia Braekhus 100-90 Inna Sagaydakovskaya, officially UD

Mairis Briedis 100-90 Brandon Deslaurier, officially UD

Oleksandr Usyk 119-109 Murat Gassiev, officially UD

Zhora Hamazaryan 80-71 Thomas Mattice, officially Mattice by SD

Alberto Machado 120-106 Rafael Mensah, officially UD

Jaime Munguia 118-109 Liam Smith, officially UD

Conor Benn 97-90 Cedrick Peynaud (rematch), officially UD

Petros Ananyan 95-94 Steve Claggett, officially Claggett by UD