Nov. 2nd – Juan Carlos Abreu dominated a shot Jesus Soto Karass, stopping him in 8 rounds.
One judge crazily had Soto Karass ahead 67-66 at the time of the KO, but I am currently unable to locate his/her name.
Nov. 4th – In Monte Carlo, Agit Kabayel appeared to my eyes to comfortably win the European title against Dereck Chisora, however, I can see the perspective of those who scored it close.
But judge Ventsislav Nikolov’s 114-114 was too much to bear.
On the undercard, Harlem Eubank was very lucky to escape with a split decision against Aboubeker Bechelaghem.
Ref Jean Robert Laine missing a clear first round knockdown against Eubank was the difference.
Nov. 11th – Phil Edwards (111-117) gave Liam Williams little credit for his effort in a closely contested decision loss to Liam Smith in their rematch.
In Uniondale, NY, Glenn Dezurn wasn’t given a hope by judge Jim Pierce’s 73-79 card in his close loss to Jesse Angel Hernandez.
Nov. 18th – Steve Gray oversaw Jerwin Ancajas’ one-sided tko6 beatdown of Jamie Conlan in Belfast, perhaps prolonging Conlan’s agony by ruling a clean body shot knockdown as a low blow in the 5th round, deducting a point from the visitor.
In the night’s main event, Victor Loughlin called a slip against Carl Frampton a knockdown in the 7th round of his bout with Horacio Garcia.
Frampton needn’t have worried, however, as with the knockdown, Steve Gray (98-93) & Phil Edwards (97-93) gave Garcia just one and two rounds respectively.
This is just one man’s word on what happened, but, relating to their July bout, Jeff Horn’s detailing of Team Pacquiao’s manipulation of local commission officials in Brisbane (who, surprise surprise, didn’t seem to have a clear understanding of basic rules regarding handwraps and adrenaline) is interesting:
Shocking stuff in Arkansas, as the local commission managed to allow a HIV positive boxer to fight, despite forewarning.
Thomas Hauser outlines the situtation in two articles for The Sweet Science site:
Arkansas are claiming medical records were falsified and pledge to routinely test for hepatitis and HIV going forward:
Interestingly, the Association of Boxing Commissions says that “Arkansas is the last state to impose mandatory testing”.
Nov. 25th – Mike Ortega was very harsh on Felix Valera during his fight with Sullivan Barrera, docking him three points for low blows, when a single deduction seemed more appropriate.
Ortega seemed to buy it and overreact every time Barrera showed out dramatically from a low shot.
The hearing is, at long last, set to begin this coming Monday, with Tyson facing a possible four year ban.