At the start of the 2013 boxing season, Boxing 101 pledged to identify and track cases of questionable scoring. With the third quarter of the year completed, let's take a look at some of the top cases we have experienced during this period.
|Cathy Leonard (NC)||San Antonio||A Berto v J Soto Karass||105-103 (AB)||TKO 12 (JSK)|
|Max DeLuca (CA)||San Antonio||O Figueroa v N Arakawa||119-107 (OF)||UD (AF)|
|Chris Ritter (OK)||Oklahoma||J. Fortuna v L. Franco||99-91 (LF)||Draw|
|Richard Davies (UK)||Scotland||R. Burns v R. Beltran||114-114||Draw|
|Carlos Ortiz. Jr (NY)||Scotland||R. Burns v R. Beltran||115-112||Draw|
|Richard Ocasio (NV)||LV||P. Cano v A. Theophane||96-94 (AT)||SD (PC)|
|C.J. Ross (NV)||LV||F. Mayweather v C. Alvarez||114-114||MD (FM)|
|Gwen Adair (CA)||CA||J. Chavez Jr v B. Vera||98-92||UD (JC)|
|Marty Denkin (CA)||CA||J. Chavez Jr v B. Vera||97-93||UD (JC)|
Always the warrior, Andre Berto gave a spirited effort fighting primarily only with his left arm after injuring his right shoulder in Round 4 of his July 27 fight against Jesus Soto Karass. He managed to adjust to the situation and had some success landing short uppercuts on the inside, but Soto Karass was more active, accurate, effective and commanding throughout the contest. Berto was slow, bothered and had little ring presence, displaying very poor footwork and on unsteady legs for the majority of the bout. With the fight being scored a split draw heading into the final round, it is altogether possible Soto Karass would have lost or been forced to settle for a draw thanks to Leonard's incredible scorecard that had Berto ahead at the time of the stoppage. Luckily, another disaster was averted.
In what many are considering to be a 2013 "Fight of the Year" candidate, Omar Figueroa and Nihito Arakawa gave us non-stop action for an entire 12 rounds, with both men exchanging shots at a furious pace. While the heavy handed Figueroa possessed the harder punches, there were times when he appeared fatigued and was fighting on the defensive to keep his determined Japanese opponent off of him. The underdog Arakawa didn’t win a majority of rounds, but he certainly won at least three rounds. He was often coming forward, had Figueroa pinned against the ropes for the majority of the fight and landed a fair share of blows. All of this should have earned him more than the single round that DeLuca awarded to him.
Controversy reared its ugly head once again on ESPN2's" Friday Night Fights" with another draw that included a questionably wide score for Luis Franco in what was a close fight that could have gone either way. Instead, neither man got the victory with this score sticking out like a sore thumb.
Courage was rewarded by two judges in the case of the controversial draw that allowed Ricky Burns to retain his WBO lightweight title rather than the clean blows and effective aggressiveness applied by Raymundo Beltran in their championship fight. This included an eighth round knockdown by Beltran and his dislocating the champion's jaw in Round 2. Yet, only one judge gave the fight to Beltran.
Pablo Cesar Cano avoided another disputed loss, no thanks to Ocasio who somehow saw Ashley Theophane doing enough to beat the busier and more effective Mexican.
It was only a matter of time before Ross would find her way onto this list. In a second major pay-per-view main event, Ross disgraced the sport by submitting an unfathomable scorecard. Anyone who watched the master-class performance of Floyd Mayweather Jr. against Canelo Alvarez knows this fight was not a draw, regardless of the independent round-by-round assessment argument Ross and NSAC Chairman Keith Kizer try to feed the public.
We end yet another quarter on a low note, with two wide scores that gave the highly privileged Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. an unfavorable unanimous decision victory over the more active and aggressive Bryan Vera. The larger Chavez landed the harder punches, but was backing up and circling for the majority of the fight, rarely throwing in combination with limited body work. Vera may have done just enough to win a close fight in the ring, but evidently not enough to overcome everything else outside of it.
It's only fair that we also acknowledge those judges who get it right (albeit a quickly shrinking list).
|Bruce Rasmussen (CA)||CA||J.Burgos v Y. Amidu||114-114||Draw|
A draw typically generates wide-spread dissatisfaction, but it is logical in this case as this fight was difficult to score. While Burgos was busier by punch count volume, Amidu was more accurate in his connect rate and landed the more impactful punches as he dictated the pace and style of the fight. His performance was particularly impressive given he was a late replacement with less than two weeks to prepare for the fight.
Boxing 101 will continue to track this activity throughout the next three months, with an updated listing at the end of the fourth quarter.
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