Pound4poundireland’s September 23rd POUND FOR POUND top 10

1. Vasyl Lomachenko

2. Terence Crawford

3. Oleksandr Usyk

4. Saul Alvarez

5. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai

6. Mikey Garcia

7. Gennady Golovkin

8. Naoya Inoue

9. Anthony Joshua

10. Juan Francisco Estrada

  • Joshua enters at 9th, after a stirring knockout end to a difficult fight with veteran Alexander Povetkin. Now all that remains in everyone’s sights is a fight with Wilder(-Fury winner). Let’s hope common sense prevails and it happens next year.
  • Errol Spence exits, temporarily. It’s increasingly sad to see this elite young boxer’s career blighted by chronic inactivity.

Pound4poundireland’s September 17th POUND FOR POUND top 10

1. Vasyl Lomachenko

2. Terence Crawford

3. Oleksandr Usyk

4. Saul Alvarez

5. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai

6. Mikey Garcia

7. Gennady Golovkin

8. Naoya Inoue

9. Juan Francisco Estrada

10. Errol Spence

  • Canelo enters at fourth, cementing himself as a genuine elite pound for pound fighter by edging a disputed decision against Golovkin, who drops one spot below Garcia.
  • Leo Santa Cruz exits as a result

Pound4poundireland Scorecards from August 2018

From July:

Dillian Whyte 113-112 Joseph Parker, officially UD

Masayuki Ito 117-110 Christopher Diaz, officially UD


Joe Cordina 119-109 Sean Dodd, officially UD

Tyson Fury 100-90 Francesco Pianeta, officially UD

Tevin Farmer 120-107 Billy Dib, officially UD

Stephen Ormond 94-94 George Ashie, officially Ormond by 1

Jose Pedraza 117-110 Raymundo Beltran, officially UD


Named and Shamed: Judging the Judges (August 2018)

August 4th – Ron Lipton scored a bogus knockdown against Andre Berto in a battle of faded ex-titlists with Devon Alexander.

Berto needn’t have worried, though, as Julie Lederman & Don Trella generously scored 8 rounds in his favour for a fishy split decision.


In Cardiff, Michael Alexander (117-112) was ludicrously generous to Sean Dodd in his whitewash loss to prospect Joe Cordina.


August 18th – Bryant Jennings vs. Alexander Dimitrenko ended in a premature stoppage in round 9, Allen Huggins jumping in to end things immediately after Dimitrenko had been dropped by an uppercut, which the visitor immediately protested.

Huggins had not given him any opportunity to demonstrate that he still had his faculties intact.


August 19th – As usual in Russia, it was a strange night of officiating.

Eduard Skavynskyi was boxing Oleksandr Ivanov, and sustained an absolutely horrible cut in round 7 which should have stopped the fight.

A very weak doctor named Pavel Zhukov got talked into letting it go on and ref Giustino Di Giovanni had no authority or control of the situation either.

It got even worse in round 9.

Skavynskyi was hit with a low blow, didn’t go down, but Di Giovanni inexplicably gave him an 8 count! I couldn’t believe what I was watching.

While he would have lost by TKO on cuts in virtually anywhere else in the world, Skavynskyi managed to go the distance and win a decision.


The Maryland commission (boss Pat Pannela) have shockingly lifted their suspension of Leon Lawson, the trainer who punched Jose Uzcategui square on the jaw with bare knuckles after Uzcategui’s controversial first fight with Andre Dirrell in May 2017.

Lawson is now free to resume corner duties, when, truthfully, he should be behind bars somewhere and certainly never anywhere near a boxing ring again.

Uzcategui is rightly fuming:

I’m pleased to see the Boxing Writers’ Association of America have begun a new initiative to highlight instances of bad officialdom in the sport:


Laurence Cole rightly came under criticism from the BWAA for his performance during the Regis Prograis-Juan Jose Velasco fight.

Named and Shamed: Judging the Judges (July 2018)

June 26th – Ref Al LoBianco Jr. protected Dejan Zlaticanin when he was hurt in round two versus the big underdog, Roberto Ramirez, stopping the action to have a minor cut inspected.

Ramirez finished him later in the round, in what was arguably a premature stoppage. It was a strange outing from LoBianco.


July 20th – In one of 2018’s worst decisions (I seem to say that every month), Zhora Hamazaryan dropped and dominated Thomas Mattice only to come out on the wrong end of a split verdict.

Mike Contreras & Jeff Sinnett (both 76-75) performed a grave injustice.

Here is a link to some excellent work from Gabe Oppenheim, who followed up on the situation and spoke to Jeff Sinnett:



July 21st – Pound for pound queen Cecilia Braekhus completely dominated Inna Sagaydakovskaya in Moscow over ten rounds.

Zoltan Enyedi’s 97-93 was very generous to the overmatched challenger, who was, of course, boxing at home.


Elsewhere on the card, in one of the year’s worst decisions (again…), Fedor Chudinov received the gift of all gifts against Nadjib Mohammedi, who had virtually shut him out.

Joerg Milke (115-113) & Andriy Baliasov (116-112) screwed the Frenchman.


In Connecticut, Shelly Vincent engaged in a very even rematch with Calixta Silgado, unfairly scored 78-74 by Steve Weisfeld & Robert Paolino.


July 28th – There was some terrible officiating by Howard Foster, as he counted a blatant slip from Cedrick Peynaud as a knockdown in round 2 of his rematch decision loss to Conor Benn.


July 29th – Welcome to one of boxing’s strangest freakshows since Mickey Rourke fought a homeless man in Russia: Lee McAllister vs. dangerously shot Tyson conqueror, Danny Williams.

The fight did end up taking place, but wasn’t sanctioned by the British Board and doesn’t appear to be recognized as official by the Boxrec record keepers:


Shame on everybody involved.