October 5th –Jan Teleki’s 91-99 did no justice to Matty Fagan in his closely contested defeat to Robbie Barrett in Barnsley.
In Belfast, ref Reece Carter oversaw the Marco McCullough-Rudy Encarnacion bout.
In one of the fight’s key moments, Carter didn’t say break but sought to separate the boxers.
McCullough was caught and hurt with a big left hook as Carter came in awkwardly and without exercising the proper authority.
This could have ended very differently, but McCullough ended up escaping with a narrow win.
In the main event of the same card, Tyrone McCullagh coasted past John Kennedy to a wide win, on everyone’s card but that of Jose Ignacio Martinez Antunez, who saw it unrealistically close at 96-94.
October 6th – In Leicester, Phil Edwards missed a flash round 5 knockdown of Nicola Adams by Isabel Millan.
Manuel Oliver Palomo’s 96-94 card was too generous to the visitor.
In Chicago, Celestino Ruiz said “stop” seconds before Beterbiev, who ignored and continued to punch, knocked down Callum Johnson in the fight round of their fight.
Ruiz counted the knockdown as if no rules infraction had occurred.
October 13th – Francesco Patera outboxed home favourite Lewis Ritson in Newcastle to win the European title, not that Soren Saugmann (112-116) saw it that way, turning in a risible scorecard.
In Omaha, Mike Alvarado blew away journeyman Robbie Cannon, who was out on his feet after the first knockdown.
Brandon Pfannenstiel allowed the fight to go on and Cannon to be brutally knocked out.
October 20th – In Boston, John Madfis (37-38) inexplicably scored 2 of the first 3 rounds of the Tevin Farmer-James Tennyson fight to Tennyson, who was dominated from bell to bell en route to a 5th round defeat.
In the main event, Steve Willis issued no warning to Demetrius Andrade when he landed a blatant, and hard, punch on Walter Kautondokwa when he was down in the first round.
On a broader note, praise must go to the Massachusetts commission for not allowing the Billy Joe Saunders-Demetrius Andrade fight to go ahead after Saunders’ failed VADA test.
There must have been pressure on them to do so, but they did the right thing for the sport and for Andrade.
On a Vegas undercard, an evenly contested Joseph Adorno-Kevin Cruz fight was spoiled by the cards of Chris Migliore and the infamous Adalaide Byrd (59-53).
Both judges absurdly gave just a single round to Cruz, aiding Adorno in achieving a unanimous verdict.
This is what happens when the likes of Byrd are allowed to continue to work after repeated showings of incompetence at the highest level.
Young fighters see their careers directly and irrevocably affected by this endemic incompetence.
October 26th – We must end on a sad note, reflecting on the passing away of Christian Daghio after his defeat in Thailand:
Daghio was 49 years old, having just his 11th pro fight, and had hardly faced an opponent with a winning record in his career.
Still, he was somehow sanctioned to take part in his 4th 12 rounder, and it was a final round stoppage in a gruelling fight that led to his death.
The commission in Thailand (or Rangsit, if a more local body was overseeing this card, it is not clear) and the WBC, who had one of their myriad meaningless baubles at stake, deserve the harshest of criticism for allowing such a fight to go ahead.
The risk was evident. The consequences were final.