Robbed! Every year, thousands of fans the world over proclaim they’re done with the sport over this ugly reality in the Sweet Science. Whether you believe this happens due to sheer incompetence or legit conspiracy, you’d be hard-pressed to not view this list of fights and come to any other conclusion that the loser was unjustly treated. Today, BeatsBoxingMayhem presents the worst robberies of 2016.
10. ROCKY FIELDING SD12 CHRISTOPHER REBRASSE, 4/2/16
Despite dropping Fielding in the second and winning 8-4 on my card, Christopher Rebrasse was on the wrong side of a split decision in Fielding’s native Liverpool. This fight was a classic example of the hometown fighter getting every benefit of the doubt (and then some). Scores were 114-113 twice and 113-115.
9. BADOU JACK VS. LUCIAN BUTE, MAJORITY DRAW, 4/30/16
Judge Steve Rados must have been the only one paying attention. His score of 117-111 for Badou Jack was the lone logical score as champion’s impressive performance was nullified by two scores of 114-114 by judges Glen Rick Crocker and Guadalupe Garcia. Surprisingly, these scores didn’t take place in Montreal, but Washington, D.C. Jack controlled the action, was more active and flat-out better than the faded Bute we saw in the ring. And to make matters worse, Bute was popped for the banned substance Ostarine in his post-fight tests.
8. FELIX STURM MD12 FEDOR CHUDINOV, 2/20/16
Chudinov pressed his luck too many times in German. Felix Sturm is no stranger to controversial decisions and he got another one on February to win his fifth world title in a rematch against Chudinov. In their first encounter, Chudinov outworked Sturm to take an unnecessarily close split decision. This time, Chudinov again dominated by outworking Sturm by outlanding him 226-143 in power shots and 297-184 in overall punches landed.
Scoring it 9-3 in favor of Chudinov would be considerd a good score. Instead, Chudinov was robbed of his title via scores of 115-113 twice, and 114-114.
7. OMARI KIMWERI SD12 RANDY PETALCORIN, 4/15/16
Can’t just place the blame on the judges in this one. Multiple missed knockdowns resulted in Kimweri taking a split decision and the vacant WBC silver flyweight title. Petalcorin and his team were so incensed that they filed a protest with the WBC. Unfortunately, it seems that protest has fallen on deaf ears.
6. LEDUAN BARTHELEMY SD8 RICARDO NUNEZ, 9/13/16
The PBC brand didn’t have many scoring issues with year in big fights. However, one of the worst verdicts was featherweight prospect Leduan Barthelemy getting undeserved decision over journeyman Ricardo Nunez.
Even as a 6’0 featherweight, Barthelemy couldn’t keep Nunez from getting inside. Nunez did good work in bullying Barthelemy to the ropes and withstanding a late surge. One judge had it right (79-73), while two others rallied to keep Barthelemy’s undefeated record intact with scores of 77-75.
5. MARCUS BROWNE SD8 RADIVOJE KALAJDZIC, 4/16/16
Another PBC undercard fight where the house guy got every benefit of the doubt. Browne came out strong with an early knockdown in the first. But the resilient Kalajdzic brought strong pressure and planted Browne on the canvas in the sixth. He was the aggressor for most of the fight and on fair cards, would have won 76-74 (the score of one judge). Instead, Browne escaped with his undefeated record with scores of 76-74, 76-75 and 74-76. Think we’ll get a rematch?
4. SUMMER OLYMPIC ROBBERIES
Before Russia meddled in the presidential election, we got a corruption preview during the Summer Olympic games. Instead of one dubious verdict, there were several. Irish boxer Michael John Conlan won all three rounds against Russia’s Vladimir Nikitin and still lost a unanimous decision in the bantamweight quarterfinal. And Kazakhstan heavyweight Vasiliy Levit got robbed in the finals with another unanimous decision, this time going to Russian Evgeny Tischenko.
At least this time something was done. The International Boxing Association (AIBA) expelled an undisclosed number of judges and referees for their performances.
3. DUSTY HERNANDEZ HARRISON vs. MIKE DALLAS JR., SPLIT DRAW10, 5/13/16
Let’s backtrack to January 2015. Roc Nation officially kicked off their “Throne Boxing” brand at Madison Square Garden with Dusty Hernandez Harrison as the headliner against Tommy Rainone. Harrison was being positioned as the heir apparent to the brand once established signees Andre Ward and Miguel Cotto moved on.
Things haven’t quite panned out that way. The biggest knock on Harrison’s career since that night was this disgraceful robbery win over Mike Dallas Jr. The fight was supposed to be the perfect setup. Dallas’ career had never recovered from a one roudn demolition at the hands of Lucas Matthysse several years back. Perfect opportunity for an impressive win, right?
What happened was Mike Dallas Jr. came to fight. He exploited Harrison’s mediocre offense with strong counter-punching and inside fighting. He hurt Harrison several times and at worst, took this fight 7-3. The judges saw it as a split draw: 95-94 (Harrison), 96-92 (Dallas) and 94-94.
Despite this fight airing on BET, Roc Nation has scrubbed it from the net. Don’t hold your breath for a rematch.
2. JAMIE MCDONELL UD12 LIBORIO SOLIS, 11/12/16
Some people have tried to argue this fight was “close” due to McDonell “rallying” over the second half. I’m not one of those people. The unanimous scorecards (117-111, 116-112, 115-113) for McDonell can easily be explained from my vantage point — Matchroom Card + Matchroom fighter = Matchroom win.
1.MAURICE HOOKER VS. DARLEYS PEREZ, SPLIT DRAW10, 11/19/16
All this talk about the Kovalev-Ward decision has made people neglect the true robbery that occurred on the undercard. Maurice Hooker is a Roc Nation-backed prospect that was making his first step-up fight. Darleys Perez played the role of the faded vet. The problem was Hooker looked totally unready for primetime. His athleticism was nullified with Perez’s countering and the young fighter failed to make adjustments. On favorable cards, you might be able to swing giving Hooker three rounds. But surprise surprise, the fight gets ruled a draw — 97-93 (Perez), 97-93 (Hooker) and 95-95.
Like the Harrison-Dallas Jr. debacle, you won’t find this fight streaming on the internet. But take the UK broadcast’s word for it.