New Jersey’s boxing boss Larry Hazzard must be commended for this simple addition to referee protocol once a boxer has been knocked down:
May 6th – Pablo Cesar Cano got comfortably beaten by Alan Sanchez in the view of everyone except veteran Nevada judge Dave Moretti, who saw Cano an improbable 96-94 winner.
Thankfully, the other two judges ruled correctly in favour of Sanchez.
May 7th – Ref Manuel Oliver Palomo put in one of the year’s worst displays, allowing Kubrat Pulev to flagrantly hold throughout his European title win against a livid Dereck Chisora.
It was the worst case of blindness in the face of interminable holding I can remember seeing since Klitschko-Povetkin.
In part due to his fouls, Pulev coasted to a wide win, only to almost be denied by one of the year’s worst cards, Beat Hausammann’s 115-113 in favour of Chisora.
Later that night in Vegas, Canelo Alvarez recovered from an early deficit to brutally knock out Amir Khan in the sixth round.
Khan had boxed impressively to that point, but a look at the scorecards suggests the judges were watching something different.
Glenn Trowbridge (49-46) & Glenn Feldman (48-47) must have been wearing ginger-tinted spectacles.
May 13th – Dusty Hernandez-Harrison got a gift on his homecoming, escaping with a draw in a fight he clearly lost against veteran trialhorse Mike Dallas Jr.
The incompetence of Tammye Jenkins (95-94) & Wayne Smith (94-94) ensured that the Washington prospect kept his ‘0’.
May 14th – 130lber Carlos Diaz Ramirez outpointed ex-prospect Roberto Marroquin over 10, but it was a hard-fought fight, a fact not reflected by the 98-91 card of one judge, whose name I cannot find out at this time.
May 21st – Long praised for his fan-friendly style of officiating, Steve Smoger is fast becoming one of boxing’s most dangerous referees, more interested in keeping the action flowing than protecting the boxers when they are defenceless (think Kirkland-Tapia or Lebedev-Jones Jr.).
The latest example was his late stoppage of the Denis Lebedev-Victor Emilio Ramirez cruiserweight title unification, as Smoger allowed Ramirez to absorb another 10-15 seconds of unnecessary punishment with his body bent in half, gloves grazing the canvas, before he turned away, an obvious sign of his surrender that still did not immediately signal the stoppage.
There are only so many times a ref can ignore the obvious before everybody’s luck runs out.
A bad point deduction from Vanes Martirosyan for a beltline body shot in round 11 could have cost the challenger in his rematch with Erislandy Lara.
Thankfully, Vic Drakulich’s mistake didn’t affect the eventual scoring of a fight that appeared to be a toss-up.
May 28th – Arthur Villanueva knocked out Juan Jiminez in the fourth round, but with a vicious clash of heads rather than a punch.
Jiminez was out for several minutes and wouldn’t have been pleased on regaining his senses to learn that ref Dan Nietes ruled him the knockout loser.
Worrying news has surfaced that the governing body of world amateur boxing, AIBA, are under investigation from the World Anti-Doping Agency for conducting zero out of competition blood tests in 2015, and “virtually none” in the past 3 years:
This Ring Magazine article from Mitch Abrahamson is worth reading in full:
It details the departure of David Berlin as the head of the New York commission, and shocking allegations of improper conduct Berlin levels at commission chairman Tom Hoover.
To quote from the piece:
“Among the incidents that Berlin says he reported to the Inspector General’s office were…Hoover’s putting his son on a Commission credential list under a pseudonym for a boxing event at Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center ‘in order to secure his son’s free entry to the arenas.’
Berlin also said in the letter he told the Inspector General’s Office that Hoover had directed someone he knew personally to be ‘licensed as a professional boxing judge, despite the fact that the individual had no prior experience in the sport.’ Berlin says he rescinded the judge’s license of the ‘clearly unqualified individual,’ he wrote. Hoover could not be reached for comment on Thursday to discuss the allegations and the IG’s office didn’t return a call for comment.”