News | Jun 11 2017

Outrageous Ryan Burnett scorecard explained

It shouldn't happen in a world title fight. Ryan Burnett on the farce that could have been a disaster
Ryan Burnett
Ryan Burnett celebrates with the belt after winning the fight  |  Action Images/Jason Cairnduff

PROMOTER Eddie Hearn has revealed the judge who farcically scored Lee Haskins the winner against Ryan Burnett had mistaken the two fighters’ identities.

Burnett won the IBF bantamweight title in only his 17th professional fight by producing a thoroughly polished performance to convincingly outbox and almost stop the defending champion.

Two judges awarded him scores of 119-107, after knockdowns in the sixth and 11th rounds, but the scorecard of America’s Clark Sammartino read 118-108 for Haskins, ensuring a split decision when a unanimous one was deserved.

 

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