March 9th – Yordenis Ugas can feel hard done by in his challenge of Shawn Porter.
Jack Reiss missed a crucial 12th round knockdown that could have swung the fight his way on the cards, not that it would have mattered on the horrible 112-116 of Steve Morrow.
March 15th – Gabe Rosado showed huge heart to almost pull his losing effort against Maciej Sulecki out of the fire at the end of the 9th round.
However, it was marred a little by the fact that the bell to end the round was at least five seconds late and the ref Shawn Clark allowed Rosado to blatantly hold and hit in the moments preceding the knockdown.
Elsewhere on the same show, Benjy Esteves Jr. messed up the ending of Katie Taylor-Rose Volante.
He called a TKO in the 9th round due to a Volante nose injury, blatantly caused by a big head clash which took place right in front of him moments earlier.
March 16th – On the big Spence-Garcia undercard, Mark Calo-oy missed a heavy knockdown from Lindolfo Delgado to James Roach, somehow ruling it a push.
The fight ended shortly thereafter.
In the main event, Mikey Garcia was done a disservice by John Schorle by not being pulled out in the 11th round, as he absorbed hellacious punishment which will likely affect his career going forward.
March 17th – Paddy Barnes was dropped by a textbook left hook to the body by Oscar Mojica in the second round.
Danny Schiavone mystifyingly ruled it no knockdown.
March 22nd – Andrew Moloney had a lot to overcome as he travelled to Chile for a title eliminator, not just his opponent Miguel Gonzalez.
Moloney had a knockdown scored against him in round 6 by ref Romina Arroyo, despite his opponent not throwing a punch.
Moloney persevered and finished the fight via 8th round KO.
He needed it because at the time of the stoppage, the scores were 68-64 and 67-65 for the hometown boxer, and 66-66 on the other.
March 23rd – Visiting boxer German Argentino Benitez (who, for the record, is Argentine) can feel hard done by during his trip to London, the judges giving him no credit for his strong underdog effort versus Lewis Ritson.
Mark Lyson (98-92), Grzegorz Molenda (98-92) & Giuseppe Quartarone (99-91) all seemed to have picked their favourite pre-fight.
March 30th – Serial idiot Terry O’Connor (118-110) offended again in his assessment of the evenly contested Robbie Davies Jr.-Joe Hughes bout.
Consequences, you ask? None.
In the main event, Erkki Meronen (96-94) turned in a poor card in favour of Anthony Fowler, as he lost a terrific fight with Scott Fitzgerald.
In Dublin, on a show I attended live at the National Stadium, Bojana Libiszewska can count herself unlucky to have received little credit from the ref (37-40) in her bullish effort against Siobhan O’Leary.
Finally, in Philadelphia, ref Eric Dali showed a fundamental and worrying lack of knowledge of the rules during the bizarre ending of the Oleksandr Gvozdyk-Doudou Ngumbu fight.
Ngumbu pulled up suddenly in the fifth round with a freak leg injury and instead of calling for an immediate TKO based on the fact that Ngumbu couldn’t continue and no foul, accidental or otherwise, had occurred, Dali called for a five minute rest period for Ngumbu to recover.
Ultimately, he couldn’t and the fight was belatedly ruled a TKO win for Gvozdyk but imagine a scenario where Ngumbu continues after a break which he shouldn’t have received and gone on to win the title. This was literally a case of Dali making up the rules as he went along.
How is such an unqualified ref allowed to officiate a fight for the lineal 175lb. title?