Tuesday, 31 December 2013

December Score Collections On Boxing News

By Bobby Hunter


December was a busy month for boxing as the main promotional teams from both sides of the Atlantic put on huge shows sometimes on the same night. It was a fantastic end to the year which saw possibly the biggest upset of the year followed by the biggest fairy tale of the year as Argentine Hitman Marcos Maidana closed the mouth of Adrien Broner and Stuart Hall won the IBF Bantamweight title in a heroic performance against Vusi Malinga. Both of these fights with Press Score collections are on the Boxing News links below.


HALL-MALINGA

http://www.boxingnewsonline.net/latest/feature/stuey-hall-deserved-his-fantastic-victory-over-vusi-malinga-say-19-out-of-20-boxing-writers

MAIDANA-BRONER

http://www.boxingnewsonline.net/latest/blog/the-judges-get-it-right-as-adrien-broner-gets-it-wrong


I will be back collecting scores for the Mendez-Barthelemy fight on ESPN FNFs January 3. The first whole boxing show I will be covering will be from the Lagoon Centre Paisley, Scotland on the 25th of January as Colin Bellshaw has put together an excellent local bill with 2 Scottish Title fights.

Friday, 13 December 2013

Fightscorecolletor Articles on Boxing News

By Bobby Hunter


In September I was offered the opportunity By Boxing News Magazine Editor Tris Dixon and web Editor Matt Christie to post my Score collections on the Boxing News Website. This offer was accepted very quickly as to be a small part of the Boxing News Mag and Site is a huge honour. Below is links to all my work that i have done for Boxing News starting with the biggest fight of the year Mayweather-Canelo.

I will still be posting articles and fight reports on Fightscorecollector along with a monthly article linking my work on the Boxing News site to here. Thanks for all the comments on social media from the boxing writers and fans regarding the site and the scores collected. It means a lot guys.

With the year coming to an end i have already started a few articles that i will post on FSC. These will cover the Scottish, British and World fighters of the year then I will be back collecting scores as early as January 3rd as ESPN have a world title fight between Argenis Mendes and Rances Barthelemy.

Thanks again for everybody's support and i wish everybody a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year when they come.

The Articles on Boxing News


Mayweather vs Canelo -

 http://www.boxingnewsonline.net/latest/feature/floyd-mayweather-scored-a-clear-winner-over-saul-alvarez-by-86-members-of-press


Saunders vs Ryder -

http://www.boxingnewsonline.net/latest/feature/billy-joe-saunders-scored-the-winner-of-john-ryder-by-15-of-25-members-of-press


Chavez Jnr vs Vera -

http://www.boxingnewsonline.net/latest/feature/brian-vera-scored-the-winner-over-julio-cesar-chavez-jnr-by-53-members-of-the-press


Quigg vs Solis -

http://www.boxingnewsonline.net/latest/feature/scott-quigg-deserved-to-beat-yoandris-solis-say-30-boxing-writers


Bradley vs Marquez

http://www.boxingnewsonline.net/latest/feature/timothy-bradley-scored-the-winner-over-juan-manuel-marquez-by-78-boxing-writers


Rose vs Maciel

http://www.boxingnewsonline.net/latest/feature/only-10-of-31-members-of-the-press-scored-brian-rose-the-winner-over-francisco-maciel


Froch vs Groves

http://www.boxingnewsonline.net/latest/blog/the-scorecards-were-kind-to-carl-froch-before-he-stopped-george-groves





Monday, 9 December 2013

Slowey vs Hughes - THE WAR

By Bobby Hunter


With Eddie Hearn announcing last night that Ricky Burns will meet American Terrance Crawford sometime in February and if he is looking for a fan favourite, TV friendly fight for the under card then he should add Jon Slowey and Kris Hughes to the huge Sky TV bill as on Saturday night at the Gorbals Leisure Centre, these two guys gave the fans an early Christmas present by going toe to toe for 10 rounds for the Scottish Area Title.

Slowey (9st) and Hughes (8st 13lbs) gave the fans a throwback fight where from the opening bell the pro Slowey crowd had already raised the decibels a few notches but went quiet quickly as Champion Hughes came out all guns blazing looking for the early finish. Lead right hooks followed by lefts banged against Sloweys head in the opening minute. It wasn't until the challenger began to time his jab knocking the head back of Hughes that the fans came back to life. Slowey then began to land his right hook off the jab as the round came to an end. Hughes had taken the first because of his fast start but the WAR was only beginning.

In the 2nd and 3rd rounds Slowey started using his upper body and head movement to get the better of the champion. The jab was the key as it continually landed and set up that lead right hook again. Hughes did have success aswell because of his height and reach. This made Slowey fight on the front foot trying to avoid the champions hooks and body shots inside. Slowey punches were landing cleaner at this point although the 3rd could have went either way. The 4th started with Hughes on the attack again he was caught buy a big right hook which pushed him back to the ropes. Hughes then turned Slowey landing hooks of his own as Slowey was trapped on the ropes. Slowey escaped from the ropes but was caught by 2 cracking straight lefts that sent spray flying from his head. Hughes best round of the fight so far.

Round 5 was also a Hughes round as he was timing the smaller Slowey with the jab, straight left combination, Slowey was still getting Hughes with his lead right hook but after 5 rounds this writer had the champion up by 48-47. Slowey responded in 6th as an accidental head clash caused a cut over Hughes left eye. Slowey then went on the attack as Hughes tried to defend his injury. All square again 57-57 with 4 rounds left.

Both guys were now feeling the hellish pace in rounds 7 and 8 as the fight became scrappy. These rounds could easily have went either way as both guys were still landing their punches although Slowey was looking just that bit fresher. He was raring to go in round 7 up bouncing about while Hughes was slow off his stool. I scored the 7th to Slowey as in the final 30 seconds of the round he landed 2 straight lefts which i feel stole the round for the challenger. In the 8th I couldn't split them as both fighters went back to the jab, Slowey was still getting off quicker combination on the inside but was being caught as he came in.

With 2 rounds left the fight was up for grabs and both fighters knew it. At this point I had Slowey 1 point up 77-76. Hughes using the tactics from the previous round went back on the jab as Slowey tried to get inside. The uppercut from Hughes started to land also as Slowey tried to close the gap. Hughes was having a good round and going by my scoring the fight would hinge on the last.

The crowd were on their feet for the last round round as these 2 local warriors had given them a great show. Slowey again bouncing about raring to go went after Hughes in the last. A big straight left from Slowey pushed Hughes back but as Slowey jumped in both guys cracked head leaving Slowey with a terrible cut high on his forehead. Referee Kenny Pringle then took Slowey to get cleaned up but his face was soon a mess again as the blood oozed from his head. Slowey just went for it, the younger fitter man pushed Hughes to the ropes trying to hit him with anything of note. Hughes covered up then tried to fire back with the jab. Slowey had out worked the champion in this round and on my card had sneaked a 1 point win 96-95. Hamilton Ref Kenny Pringle agreed by awarding Slowey the verdict by the same score. What a fight, Hughes complained, I don't blame him as it was that close. Slowey caps off a fine year which saw him win the International Masters, WBC International Silver and Scottish Area Titles. Slowey is now 16-0 , Hughes drops to 16-5.



Caldercruix's David Brophy (12st) upped his record to 9-0-1 as he won every round 60-54 against Huddersfield's Alastair Warren (11st 13lbs). Brophy now fighting at the 168lb limit looked good early exploding with classy combination on the inside and showing a solid jab. Brophy then controlled the early rounds by going on the back foot, Warren was finding it hard to catch Brophy clean as he possesses a tight hands high defence and decent upper body movement. The jab was the key here as when Brophy used it there was nothing Warren could do. Brophy also looked much better when he stood his ground then pushed Warren back hurting him numerous times with solid uppercuts on the inside. Warren never stopped trying but was simply out classed by Brophy who will now be looking for bigger tests in 2014. Warren falls to 8-5-3.


Craig Docherty (11st 2lbs) the former Commonwealth Super Feather weight champion now fighting at Welterweight made is 2nd appearance in 2 months as he beat tough Pole Tomasz Mazurkiewicz (11st 8oz)  58-56 over 6 rounds. This was no walk in the park for Docherty as he was continually caught on the way in by Mazurkiewicz's quick right hand. In his last fight vs Jenkinson, Docherty had possessed excellent head movement but as he bored in out working the Manchester based fighter the head movement was missing. Docherty had started well pressuring Mazurkiewicz forcing him back but in the last 2 rounds and after sustaining a cut in the 4th Mazurkiewicz came back stopping Docherty in his tracks a few times. Docherty had done enough and was the deserving winner. Docherty ups his record to 26-7-1 (10), Mazurkiewicz is now 5-11-3 (1).


Fighting after more than 18 months out, Kirkintilloch's Alastair Black (9st 13lbs) returned to action scoring a 2nd round TKO win over Manchester's Paul Haines (9st 13lbs) over 4 x 3 at lightweight. Black looks a real prospect as his spearing jab in the first and fast hands dominated Haines who must have thought he was fighting 2 men. In the second a perfectly timed right body shot uppercut floored Haines for the 8 count. The fight was then waved over 20 seconds later as Training Ref Ged O'Neil called a halt to the contest as Haines was taking fire on the ropes. It was a controversial stoppage as Haines was covering up well and don't look that much in trouble. Promoter Alex Morrison was so unhappy that he confronted the Trial Ref after the fight. Official time of the stoppage was 1.00. Black is now 2-0 (1), Haines 0-12-1.


Opening the show saw Glasgow's Hugh Gray (10st 7lbs) also making his second appearance in 2 months as he easily outpointed Atherton's William Warburton (10st 12lbs) over 4 rounds at Welterweight. Gray simply out worked his journeyman opponent showing a classy jab and a desire to work inside if needed. In every round Warburton was forced to the ropes shipping punishment from Gray who's inside work was really impressive. Scoring from Ringside Kenny Pringle had this 40-36 Gray who now moves to 5-0 (1). Warburton falls to 10-55-3 (2)


Thursday, 10 October 2013

Burns-Beltran : Message to the WBO

By Bobby Hunter


Dear Sir's at the WBO,

I run the "fightscorecollector" site where i collect Press scores from around the world and compare them to the judges scorecards. I have now landed a slot on British Boxing News  Website where i cover a fight each week scoring a selected fight.

I was at Ringside for the Ricky Burns vs Ray Beltran fight on September 7th covering the whole bill for my site. This was the last article i posted before i was offered the chance to team up with Boxing News.

My findings for the Burns-Beltran fight were are follows...... 44 Press Members were polled for their score and 44 scored for Beltran with an average score of 115-112 Beltran.

http://fightscorecollector.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/ray-beltran-denied-in-glasgow-by-bobby.html

Now this is very surprising as the fight was "Close". My card read 114-113 Beltran. I have been running my site for nearly 2 years and i have not found the Press to be in such agreement for a close fight.

I understand that the WBO have published their response to letter posted by Top Rank stating that Top Rank view a rematch should happen or Beltran should be awarded the title. I also saw the WBO response stating the WBO Rules and how your 5 man panel came to their decision that Beltran will not get an immediate rematch but simply just move him up the rankings.

Personally with my stats that seems very unfair and i know the WBO have had their 5 man panel look at the fight. Surely posting their score instead of a round percentage would have been better???.

Did all 5 judges score for Beltran?? if they did then Beltran must get a rematch. That surely is a simple way of saying , our judges got this wrong instead of using round stats.

Can i also ask if any action will be taken against Carlos Ortiz Jnr as his card was way out. If these judges who post bad scores do not get demoted then the problem of bad scores are going to keep on happening.

Ricky Burns fought his mandatory in May 2012. Surely the WBO can grant their 2 weight world champion a voluntary defence vs a guy who was very unlucky not to win the title because of 2 judges cards. Then the winner fights Crawford within 90 Days?? This is what the press and fans think is best. Is this not the fairest way for all fighters to be treated?.

Thank you for your time and i hope the WBO can get back to me, I am passionate about scoring fights as you can see. I just think that the WBO could have arranged a rematch for the unlucky Beltran.

Bobby Hunter -Glasgow, Scotland.

http://fightscorecollector.blogspot.com

I am a huge fan of our champion Ricky Burns but also a fan of our sport. I just would like to see fighters rewarded when a judge or judges gets it wrong.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

"The One" Undercard Press Scores

Danny Garcia vs Lucas Matthysse - WBC . WBA 140lb Titles

By Bobby Hunter


Lets make no mistake. This fight could have been a Main Event in its own right. Danny Garcia the young WBC and WBA champion from Philly was actually the underdog against the hard punching Argentine Lucas Matthysee. The fight was expected to be a shoot out with many picking Matthysse to prevail. One big surprise was this fight going the distance with Garcia giving a boxing clinic at times neutralising the Argentine's power with clever boxing and a jab that closed Matthysee's left eye half way through the fight. Add a late knock down scored by Garcia basically sealed the win and probably his best performance.

Angel Garcia can now rest, if that's possible. At the Pre fight press conference the champions Father said he would cut of his head if his son lost the fight. Thankfully for him Danny fought a very controlled and disciplined fight to prove the doubters wrong. Garcia plans to move to Welterweight now where the ultimate challenge awaits, A shot at "Money" Mayweather and huge payday. Many think Garcia is in prime position to get the shot as the Great Mayweather is running out of challenges.

My card for the Garcia-Mattyhsse read, 115-112 Garcia.

The judges scores were as follows, (Robert Hoyle) 114-112 Garcia, (Glen Trowbridge) 115-111 Garcia, (Juergen Langos) 114-112 Garcia.


Compubox Punch Stats

GARCIA - 624 Thrown, 225 Landed, 36% Connection Rate

MATTHYSEE - 566 Thrown, 206 Landed, 36% Connection Rate


Press Scores

Mark Ortega (Ring Magazine) : 114-112 Garcia

Dan Rafael (ESPN) : 114-112 Garcia

Luis Sandoval (The Boxing Lab) : 115-112 Garcia

Tommy Allan (Boxing Asylum) : 116-111 Garcia

Kevin Iole (Yahoo Sports) : 114-112 Garcia

Ciaran Shanks (Irvine Times) : 116-111 Garcia

Ryan Burton (The Boxing Lab) : 114-113 Matthysse **

Phil D Jay (WorldBoxingNews) : 115-112 Garcia

Eric Raskin (Boxing Monthly) : 114-113 Garcia

Matt Digi (Boxing Asylum) : 115-112 Garcia

Brian Campbell (ESPN) : 114-112 Garcia

ProBoxing-Fans : 113-113 Draw **

Daniel Vano (CheckHookBoxing) : 114-112 Garcia

Doug Fischer (Ring Magazine) : 114-112 Garcia

Al Bernstein (Showtime TV) : 115-113 Garcia

Steve Farhood (Showtime TV) : 115-111 Garcia

Paulie Malignaggi (Showtime TV) : 116-111 Garcia

Tris Dixon (Boxing News ED) : 114-112 Garcia

Wolfgang Schiffbauer (Sturm Promotions) : 115-111 Garcia

Kurt Ward (Boxing Asylum) : 116-111 Garcia

Michael Marley (The Examiner) : 116-112 Garcia


Tuesday, 17 September 2013

"The One" Undercard Press Scores

Ishe Smith vs Carlos Molina - IBF 154lb Title

By Bobby Hunter


In a good old fashioned "Snoozer" Ishe Smith made the first defence of his IBF Light Middleweight strap against Carlos Molina but was then relieved of his title as the Mexican now living in Chicago outworked the champion on the way to a split decision. Smith who had collapsed in the ring in joy when winning the title in February started far to slowly as Molina basically punched far to often for the pensive champion. Molina was continually warned for leading with the head by Referee Jay Nady but never received a point deduction. Molina faded in the mid to late rounds but came back in the last two to rubber stamp his victory. The new champion was nearly robbed of his glory as judge Adalaide Byrd scored the fight for Smith. Thankfully the two other judges got this one right and awarded the victory to Molina. My card read 116-112 Molina.


The Judges scores were (Adalaide Byrd) 116-112 Smith, (Burt Clements) 117-111 Molina, (Barry Druxman) 116-112 Molina.


Compubox Stats

SMITH - 700 Thrown, 165 Landed, 24% Connection Rate

MOLINA - 704 Thrown, 133 Landed 18% Connection Rate


Press Scores

Kevin Iole (Yahoo Sports) : 117-111 Molina

Kurt Ward (Boxing Asylum) : 116-112 Molina

Corey Quincy (BL Boxing) : 117-111 Molina

Al Bernstein (Showtime TV) : 114-114 Draw **

Steve Farhood (Showtime TV) : 115-114 Molina

Paulie Malignaggi (Showtime TV) : 114-114 Molina **

Boxing Opinions : 115-114 Molina

Dan Rafael (ESPN) : 116-112 Molina

Phil D Jay (WorldBoxingNews) : 115-113 Molina

Andy Paterson (Boxing Asylum) : 117-111 Molina

Mathew Mojica (Fightsource) : 117-111 Molina

Daniel Vano (CheckhookBoxing) : 116-112 Molina

Adam Abramowitz (SN Boxing) : 116-112 Molina

Boxing Socialist : 115-113 Molina

Matt Digi (Boxing Asylum) : 116-112 Molina

Danny Flexen (Boxing News) : 117-111 Molina

Tris Dixon (Boxing News ED) : 117-112 mOLINA


"The ONE " Undercard Press Scores

Ashley Theophane vs Pablo Cesar Cano

By Bobby Hunter


Kicking off the Undercard on the Showtime Telecast was Britain's Ashley Theophane against tough Mexican Pablo Cesar Cano in what was beforehand thought to be a 50-50 fight. Both fighters didn't disappoint as from round one Cano chased Theophane around the ring trying to land the knockout blow whilst Theophane fought back showing his heart as he was hurt quite bad on more than one occasion. Theophane's work on the back foot kept the fight close but it wasn't enough as Cano was awarded a unanimous decision. My card read 97-93 Cano. The Mexican will now be looking for a title shot at 140 especially if Danny Garcia vacates his WBC and WBA titles.

The Judges had this fight (Richard Houck) 97-93 Cano, (Patricia Jarman) 98-92 Cano and  (Richard Ocasio) 96-94 Theophane.

Official punchstats provided by Compubox were -

CANO - 681 Thrown, 273 Landed, 40% Connection rate

THEOPHANE - 669 Thrown, 212 Landed, 32% Connection rate


Press Scores

Steve Zemach (Queensbury Rules) : 97-93 Cano

Matt Digi (Boxing Asylum) : 97-93 Cano

Kurt Ward (Boxing Asylum) : 96-94 Cano

Al Bernstein (Showtime TV) : 97-93 Cano

Paulie Malignaggi (Showtime TV) : 97-93 Cano

Steve Farhood ) Showtime TV) : 98-92 Cano

Wolfgang Schiffbauer (Sturm Promotions) ; 97-93 Cano

Boxing Socialist : 96-94 Cano

Phil D Jay (WorldBoxingNews) : 96-94 Cano

Tommy Allan (Boxing Asylum) : 96-94 Cano

Corey Quincy (BL Boxing) : 98-92 Cano

Daniel Vano (Checkhookboxing) : 96-95 Cano

BoxingOpinions : 96-95 Cano

Alex Morris  (Boxing Asylum) : 97-93 Cano

Michael Woods (The Sweet Science) : 97-93 Cano

Adam Abramowitz (SN Boxing) : 96-94 Cano