May 24th – Some belated bad news from Australia, as poor judging marred a night of boxing in Sydney.
Charlie Lucas (37-39) somehow scored just one 10-9 round against Ray Ingram, despite the fact that he suffered a heavy final round knockdown against Ty Telford.
Thankfully, the other two judges scored more sensibly.
In the main event, visiting Tyrone Nurse was robbed in a fight he clearly won against Jack Brubaker.
Mick Heafey (115-113), Charlie Lucas (116-112) and Richard Israel (116-112) screwed him.
June 2nd – Emre Cukur received a gift decision over Roman Shkarupa.
Ernst Salzgeber (114-113) & Luigi Muratore (114-113) were the culprits.
June 9th – Terry Flanagan went unpunished by Terry O’Connor for regular head work and lacing as he tried in vain to neutralize the superior boxing of Maurice Hooker.
Jerry Jakubco’s ludicrous tally of 117-111 for Flanagan will go down as one of the year’s worst single cards.
In LA, Fernando Villarreal’s 113-113 didn’t reflect Jermell Charlo’s relatively dominant win over a faded Austin Trout.
June 23rd – Speaking of the year’s worst cards, few will be as bad as how the judges assessed the brilliant and closely contesed Josh Taylor-Viktor Postol fight, which could have been scored either way.
Officially, the judging made it look like Taylor had won at a canter: Fernando Barbosa scored 117-110, Victor Loughlin 118-110 & Eddie Pappoe 119-108.
This does little for the UK’s growing reputation as one of the toughest places for an away boxer to get a fair shake.
That same night in London, the hastily arranged Martin Murray-Roberto Garcia fight threatened to degenerate into farce.
Ref Hector Afu had little control over proceedings: despite two points being taken off Garcia, he allowed continual rabbit punching and hitting on the break.
At one point, Afu called break and even stuck his arm out to separate the fighters. Murray acknowledged this but Garcia kept hitting him. Murray looked at Afu but the ref then acted as if he hadn’t said break and allowed the action to continue. Afu had lost control of the bout.
Murray himself ultimately deserved a point deduction for his retaliatory fouls, but didn’t receive one.
In terms of judging, Predrag Aleksic (118-109) and John Keane (118-108) were too wide in favour of Murray.
June 30th – Jack Catterall flattered to deceive against Tyrone McKenna after an explosive start.
That said, he still won by a comfortable margin, not reflected by the generous 94-93 cards of Phil Edwards and Marcus McDonnell, which almost gave the home boxer from Belfast an undeserved draw.
Gabriel Montoya with an accurate take on the Trey Morrison-Byron Polley mismatch at heavyweight under the auspices of the Oklahoma commission: