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.