June 1st – Pasquale Procopio’s 57-56 card in favour of Anthony Joshua at the time of his stoppage defeat to Andy Ruiz was far from credible.
On the big MSG undercard, Tony Chiarantano made his mark with a farcically late stoppage of poor Quadeer Jenkins at the hands of prospect Austin Williams.
June 8th – Thomas Hauser’s expose of the ridiculous Alan Rubenstein scoring effort for the Charles Conwell-Courtney Pennington fight is well worth reading:
The Hauser Report: Folly at the New York State Athletic Commission
June 15th – Steve Gray’s 116-112 for Josh Warrington over Kid Galahad was more than generous to the defending Leeds titlist.
In one of the year’s worst refereeing displays, Robert Byrd (taking after his wife Adalaide, no doubt) only docked hometown fighter Mairis Breidis a single point for as blatant a deliberate elbow as you’ll ever see to the face of Krzysztof Glowacki.
At the end of that round, the second, a comically slow (literally and figuratively) Byrd did not hear the bell to end the session, allowing Breidis to land what were essentially fight-ending blows on a hapless Glowacki.
You could see that Byrd finally heard the bell a second or two before the punch which caused the after-the-bell knockdown, but was unable to move quickly enough to get between the fighters to stop the action.
74 is too old to be reffing at any level and it cost Glowacki a legitimate chance to win, as he was stopped early in the third.
Jay Nady was over officious from bell one of Sullivan Barrera vs. Jesse Hart, ruining the flow of the fight.
June 16th – Olivier Vautrain was robbed in Russia by the cards of Joerg Milke (93-97), Lahcen Oumghar (95-95) & Viktor Panin (94-96), which handed the win to Yury Kashinsky.
June 21st – Marcus McDonnell (113-116) & Bob Williams (114-114) forced Ted Cheeseman to settle for a draw in a fight he appeared to clearly win versus Kieron Conway.
A highly questionable stoppage from Thomas Taylor cost Angel Acosta his title in the 12th round of his defence against Elwin Soto.
June 23rd – Another debatable-at-best stoppage cost Julio Ceja in the 8th round of a fight he was unexpectedly winning against Guillermo Rigondeaux.
June 28th – Ohara Davies benefitted from some serious home cooking to keep his faltering career from sliding completely off the rails against veteran Miguel Vazquez.
Not only was there a classic Ian John Lewis card (97-94, he was the sole arbiter) on the night itself to bail him out, but the weigh in itself the day prior was laced with controversy.
On his second attempt to make weight, Davies stripped down and British board officials were asleep at the wheel, allowing one of his team to hold onto his arm as he was on the scales, seemingly manipulating the reading and allowing him to artificially clock up under the contracted poundage. This sort of oversight is unforgivable.
June 29th – Referee Danny Schiavone, in one of the worst showings from a ref in recent memory was on the case of Norbelto Jimenez for the entire bout against Kal Yafai.
He docked Jimenez for holding without much warning. As Yafai racked up the low blows, there was no such docking: In fact, after two brutal ones put Jimenez on his knees, Schiavone harassed him into standing up and didn’t give him a chance to say he was ready to continue. Then he scored a non-existent knockdown for Yafai.