November 3rd – In Glasgow, Zach Parker escaped with a highly controversial decision over Darryl Williams due to the cards of Steve Gray (115-114) & Victor Loughlin (117-112), two of the regular ‘Judging the Judges’ entrants.
Loughlin couldn’t help himself, following this up by prematurely stopping the Josh Taylor-Ryan Martin main event in the 7th round.
November 24th – The latest Monte Carlo show was not a good one from an officiating standpoint.
First, ref Stephane Nicolo was very late to stop the Daniyar Yeleussinov-Marcos Mojica mismatch.
Mojica didn’t want to know after being knocked down in round 3, but Nicolo allowed him to take further punishment before stepping in.
A seemingly weight-drained Kal Yafai underperformed against Israel Gonzalez, in a fight that could have gone either way, not that you’d have known this from the scorecards.
Giuseppe Quartarone (117-111), Gustavo Padilla (116-112), & Jean Robert Laine (116-112) all turned in wide cards in favour of the defending titlist.
Finally, Gustavo Padilla allowed a weary, beat-up Alexander Ustinov to take too much from Michael Hunter.
Ustinov was stumbling around after an 8th round knockdown, and yet it was allowed to continue on, with Padilla virtually carrying Ustinov back to the corner at the end of the three withering minutes.
The belated finish came in the 9th, only after another knockdown and the towel being thrown in.
November 30th – It was a very poor night of officiating on the first Matchroom Italy card in Florence.
Martin J. Ward dominated home boxer Devis Boschiero, only to have to settle for a split decision win due to the card of Francisco Alloza Rosa (113-115).
The 115-113 card of Predrag Aleksic was almost as bad.
The same was true of the following fight, as Joe Hughes seemingly eased to victory over a dire Andrea Scarpa, only to be almost denied by the 112-116 verdict of Predrag Aleksic (again!), surely one of the years worst cards.
In the main event, Fabio Turchi stopped Tony Conquest in the seventh round, aided by a hard shot landed when Conquest had already touched down.
This was ignored by Francisco Alloza Rosa (again!), who administered the count and ended the fight. This is a disturbingly common theme when punches are landed on a downed boxer.
Back in Glasgow, Tyrone McKenna can thank ref Michael Alexander’s 96-95 card for saving him from defeat by Lewis Benson in a fight in which he appeared to come off second best.