Named and Shamed: Judging the Judges (April 2019)

April 13th – In Atlantic City, Rydell Booker was given no credit for his effort against prospect Jermaine Franklin by judges Henry Eugene Grant (98-92), James Kinney (99-91) and Alan Rubenstein (98-92).

 

In Mexico, Jaime Munguia was lucky to escape with his belt against Dennis Hogan. Particularly egregious was the 116-112 card of Waleska Roldan.

 

April 20th – Ref Michael Alexander allowed Przemyslaw Runowski to take too much punishment against Josh Kelly and should have stopped proceedings in the 9th round.

 

April 26th – Former Olympic medallist Shakhram Giyasov was given a tough test by veteran Emanuel Taylor in his debut as a Matchroom promoted fighter.

Rudy Barragan and Pat Russell (both 99-91) weren’t watching the same fight.

 

In Italy, journeyman Stephen Danyo was screwed against home boxer Orlando Fiordigiglio, via both a BS point deduction from Massimiliano Bianco, and the matching 93-96 cards of Timo Habighorst, Beat Hausammann & Ammar Sakraoui.

 

April 27th – On the WBSS undercard in Louisiana, ref Kevin Babineuax gave Dennis Williams a de facto time out against Sean Hemphill when he asked him if he could continue multiple times after he suffered a sudden arm injury.

Nowhere in the rules of boxing are time outs of this kind allowed.

Pound4poundireland Scorecards from April 2019

Jermaine Franklin 96-94 Rydell Booker, officially UD

Claressa Shields 98-92 Christina Hammer, officially UD

Dennis Hogan 115-113 Jaime Munguia, officially Munguia by MD

Josh Kelly 100-97 Przemyslaw Runowski, officially UD

Dereck Chisora 99-92 Senad Gashi, officially UD

Shakur Stevenson 100-90 Christopher Diaz, officially UD

Juan Franciso Estrada 117-111 Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (rematch), officially UD

Daniel Roman 113-113 TJ Doheny, officially Roman by MD

Pound4poundireland’s April 27th POUND FOR POUND top 10

1. Vasyl Lomachenko

2. Terence Crawford

3. Oleksandr Usyk

4. Saul Alvarez

5. Juan Francisco Estrada

6. Errol Spence

7. Naoya Inoue

8. Gennady Golovkin

9. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai

10. Mikey Garcia

  • Estrada enters at #5, staking his claim for a place in the hall of fame with a virtuoso boxing display to avenge his defeat from last year against Rungvisai, who drops to #9
  • Kosei Tanaka exits as a result

April 26th’s Random Boxing Rants

This is one of the best fights I’ve ever seen:

https://pound4poundireland.wordpress.com/2019/04/10/full-fight-video-patryk-szymanski-vs-robert-talarek-fight-of-the-decade/

 

Joe Tessitore on ESPN commentary – I used to enjoy him as a foil to a cynical Teddy Atlas in the Friday Night Fights days.

Left to his own devices as an unfettered Top Rank and sanctioning body hype man, he’s hard to endure.

 

Pleased Marcos Maidana has chosen to stay retired.

 

It would be a very pleasant surprise to see a Joe Joyce-Daniel Dubois fight materialize. 

Named and Shamed: Judging the Judges (March 2019)

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?

April 3rd’s Random Boxing Rants

I recommend Losers on Netflix for its compelling opening episode, profiling forgotten heavyweight titlist Michael Bentt.

 

The full broadcast (minus 2 or 3 pre-stream bouts) of the Clash of the Titans card on TG4 from last Saturday, for those interested:

The opening fight is the pro debut of Kerry light heavyweight Kevin Cronin.

 

Is anyone confident that Sergey Kovalev-Anthony “A side” Yarde will happen next?

Pound4poundireland Scorecards from March 2019

Brian Castano 114-114 Erislandy Lara, officially a DRAW

Chris Jenkins 118-110 Johnny Garton, officially UD

Yordenis Ugas 115-113 Shawn Porter, officially Porter by SD

Maciej Sulecki 95-91 Gabriel Rosado, officially UD

Tevin Farmer 116-112 Jono Carroll, officially UD

Errol Spence 120-107 Mikey Garcia, officially UD

Lewis Ritson 96-94 German Argentino Benitez, officially UD

Charlie Edwards 120-107 Angel Moreno, officially UD

Scott Fitzgerald 96-93 Anthony Fowler, officially SD