“The exchange I witnessed between Billy Nelson and the Congolese heavyweight Martin Bakole, now fighting out of Scotland, last Saturday night was something I’ve never seen before. And, while there are more forgiving opinions available, from voices many would prefer to listen to, I hope I never do again.”
August 24th – An evenly-matched and entertaining bout between George Ashie and Stephen Ormond was unfortunately decided by a referee error.
Kenny Pringle ruled a knockdown in round 8 against Ashie when he swung himself off his feet with a wild punch, getting caught with nothing in return.
This created a three point swing in the scoring and directly led to Ashie’s one point margin of defeat.
September 1st – Boxing’s answer to Justin Bieber, Ryan Garcia, was pushed hard and even hurt by Carlos Morales in his first real test as a pro.
A majority decsision outcome was fair, but the 98-92 cards of Max DeLuca and Edward Hernandez Sr. were not.
September 9th – Donnie Nietes was very unlucky to have to settle for a draw in a fight he appeared to clearly win vs. Aston Palicte.
Robert Hoyle (112-116) and (again) Max DeLuca (114-114) saw it differently.
It’s worth noting that DeLuca has historically been one of the worst offenders in ‘Judging the Judges’.
September 13th – Franchon Crews Dezurn and Maricela Cornejo contested a women’s bout at 168lbs., with Crews Dezurn dominating the fight and hurting her opponent on multiple occasions.
Patricia Morse Jarman’s 95-95 card made little sense as a reflection of the action.
September 14th – Prospect Gabriel Flores Jr. hit the deck in the first round against Roger Gutierrez, but recovered to win a six round decision.
Judges Edward Hernandez Sr. & Zac Young (59-54) strangely did not give credit to Gutierrez for a 10-8 round.
September 22nd – Carlos Sucre’s 59-55 for Anthony Joshua vs. Alexander Povetkin did nothing to reflect the strong effort from the Russian challenger.
September 28th – Same goes for Jan Christensen’s 59-55 for George Groves vs. Callum Smith for a first half of a fight which Smith controlled prior to getting the 7th round knockout.
The first Thomas Mattice-Zhora Hamazaryan fight was one of the year’s most controversial.
The rematch draw was an acceptable verdict on the cards but Alejandro Rochin’s 77-75 for Mattice was again unduly harsh on Zhora.
In the main event of the same Shobox card, Edward Hernandez Sr.’s 97-93 for Devin Haney vs. Juan Carlos Burgos was very generous to the Mexican veteran who did not appear to win a single round.
September 29th – In the main event of a card from Baden-Württemberg, Germany, Erkan Teper eventually succumbed to an 8th round KO to fellow faded veteran Robert Helenius.
What was notable, however, was the timekeeper ending rounds early on several occasions to assist a hurt Teper. This was hardly a coincidence.
In Brooklyn, Arthur Mercante Jr. came up with a bizarre stoppage with a minute left in the final round of Jude Franklin vs. Danny Flores.
Flores was in no trouble and had not been caught with a clean punch when Mercante stopped the fight.
September 30th – In California, Rudy Barragan should have stopped the Jesse Rodriguez-Edwin Reyes fight long before the final bell.
Reyes absorbed a lot of unnecessary punishment, especially in a hard-to-watch final round.
“With my mother, it was just me and her living in a caravan. I was very close with her and it hit me so hard. It’s hard to move on, but you’ve got to.
“My brother handled his grief in a better way, he handled it all better.
“Weeks pass and people stop thinking about it, but for me sometimes you are putting on a brave face. I’m still grieving, it is always there. Me and my brother used to be quite close but we don’t really speak at the moment.”
1. Vasyl Lomachenko
2. Terence Crawford
3. Oleksandr Usyk
4. Saul Alvarez
5. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai
6. Mikey Garcia
7. Naoya Inoue
8. Gennady Golovkin
9. Anthony Joshua
10. Juan Francisco Estrada
- Inoue rises one spot after a devastating first round ko of Juan Carlos Payano in the opening round of the 118lb. WBSS tournament. He will be a hard man to stop in the semis and final
Jason Welborn 113-113 Tommy Langford (rematch), officially Welborn by SD
Amir Khan 118-109 Samuel Vargas, officially UD
Adam Kownacki 97-93 Charles Martin, officially UD
Shawn Porter 115-114 Danny Garcia, officially UD
Thomas Oosthuizen 114-114 Thabiso Mchunu, officially Oosthuizen by MD
Jose Ramirez 120-106 Antonio Orozco, officially UD
Saul Alvarez 115-113 Gennady Golovkin (rematch), officially MD
Lawrence Okolie 114-112 Matty Askin, officially UD
Luke Campbell 119-109 Yvan Mendy (rematch), officially UD
Devin Haney 100-90 Juan Carlos Burgos, officially UD