NOT a week goes by when we don’t have an outcry on the validity of boxing judges’ scores.
This week it is the unfortunate Anthony Crolla who put in a gigantic effort but just didn’t get the nod. I thought it was a close fight, and Darleys Pérez also had two points deducted which added to the intrigue. Looking at it dispassionately, there were three neutral and highly respected judges, Anthony Crolla was coming off an injury received in a traumatic event and had the support of everyone before the fight had even started. Then we had the two-point deduction and everyone assumes that will seal the win for Crolla, but it was just two points. Fighters have come back from knockdowns (and 10-8 rounds in their opponent’s favour) to win decisions; just because a fighter loses points doesn’t make it a certainty they then lose the whole fight. After all, a fight can last for 12 rounds, and a lot can happen in those 36 minutes that might have been forgotten by observers at the final bell. I feel that Anthony Crolla fought a tremendous fight – that could have gone either way – and got an honest end of the decision. Of course I, like the rest of the country, would have loved to see him win but it just wasn’t to be. Maybe next time.
You are probably aware that I referee for the Boxing Union of Ireland and have been doing so for almost seven years as I had reached the retirement age with the British Boxing Board of Control, and so I have taken notice of the fluctuations of Irish fighters. Recently, they are not making life easy for themselves are they? It’s as if they need to create a handicap in fights to keep things interesting.