Boxing 101's ongoing monitoring of questionable officiating during 2013 extends to the referee. 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.
|Michael Alexander (UK)||Hull, England||K. Brook v C. Jones||TKO 8 (KB)|
|Phil Edwards (UK)||London||M. Scott v D. Chisora||KO 6 (DC)|
|Gary Ritter (OK)||OK||K. Cintron v J. Batista||UD (KC)|
The pesky Carson Jones had been a nuisance to Sheffield star Kell Brook for 20 rounds over the course of two fights. Although he may not have done enough to win rounds in their second meeting on July 13, 2013 and was taking some heavy shots, the American kept coming forward and was once again making Brook earn his money. Jones was likely making the British onlookers somewhat uncomfortable in the process, as well. It's the actions of referee Michael Alexander in Round 8 that make this particular observer uncomfortable. Jones was issued a standing eight count when his glove may have touched the canvas while trying to maintain his balance after his head was inadvertently being pushed down. Alexander jumped in to stop the fight during the ensuing attack, even though Jones was fully aware and had his hands held high. It is safe to assume that Brook already had the fight secured on the scorecards at that point, especially having scored two official knockdowns in the bout, but a TKO guaranteed the victory.
Bad turned to worse the following weekend when referee Phil Edwards "counted out" Malik Scott while he was in the process of rising from a knockdown by Derek Chisora at the count of 9. The count itself was rather brisk and there was no inspection of Scott when he got to his feet prior to waving off the fight.
In what was a sloppy and foul-filled affair that was difficult to watch, Jonathan Batista was the only one penalized for rough-housing even though Kermit Cintron was guilty of such infractions as holding and pushing. Referee Gary Ritter also ruled an illegitimate knockdown in Round 8 when Batista tripped as he was off-balance.
|Vic Drakulich (NV)||Las Vegas||M. Bey v J. Molina||TKO 10 (JM)|
|Jon Schorle (CA)||San Antonio||A Berto v J Soto Karass||TKO 12 (JSK)|
|Jack Reiss (CA)||California||A. Mares v J. Gonzalez||KO 1 (JG)|
Mickey Bey had been in control for ten rounds before he got caught by a short left hook from heavy-handed John Molina. He was tagged with several shots in the ensuing attack, with his hands dropping and head drooping as he was against the ropes. With Bey unable to tie up his swarming opponent, move out of the way or punch back, Drakulich jumped in to stop the fight. The fact that the defenseless fighter was promoted by Mayweather Promotions on a ShoBox televised main event, with Leonard Ellerbe and Floyd Mayweather Jr. seated at ringside directly in front of the action, did not influence Drakulich from making the proper call in that situation.
Andre Berto had been fighting with one-arm after injuring his shoulder in Round 4 against Jesus Soto Karass, was rocked in the early stages of the fight and displayed very poor footwork on unsteady legs throughout the bout. Although he gave a spirited effort, his swollen eyes and face were indicative of the beating he was taking. So when he was dropped by a counter left hook in Round 12 and stumbled as he got up at the count of four, Schorle made the right call to immediately wave off the fight to protect the fighter from any further unnecessary punishment.
In a major upset. Jhonny Gonzalez knocked three-division champion Abner Mares down twice in the first round to capture the WBC featherweight championship. Even though the undefeated Mares, one of the darlings of Golden Boy Promotions, was trying to fight back after the first knockdown, referee Reiss recognized that his eyes were glassy as the fighter attempted to get up after the second visit to the canvas and stopped the fight without hesitation.
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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