Monday, 16 April 2012

ROBBERY - No Other Word Needed

Brandon Rios vs Richard Abril - Vacant WBA Lightweight Title

The headline says it all. This fight was a ROBBERY. What myself and the many boxing fans and press members cant believe is that 2 very experienced Las Vegas judges got this fight so so wrong as Jerry Roth and Glenn Towbridge have done so many title fights between them. My card is below as always , i scored 118-110 for Abril who must be thinking what the hell happened here as he totally dominated the fight with many fans and press thinking he won at least 9 rounds. I have to admit this fight ranks up there with the fight i think the biggest robbery of all time....the Pernell Whitaker vs Jose Luis Rameriez 1 fight that was in Paris 1988. I had Whitaker also winning 118-110 in a fight that like last night was easy to score.

Abril  who halves his time between Miami and Cuba (he is Cuban) moved around the ring jabbing and catching the much slower Rios basically from the 1st bell. Surprisingly he was able to neutralise Rios on the inside using what can only be described as the "Mayweather shoulder roll" Rios was getting close but he just couldn't land clean , Abril was able to dictate the on the inside and out where he easily landed the cleaner punches.

Before the fight Rios failed to make the weight for the 2nd time in a row. Again it cost him part of the purse and again it surely must mean that he moves up to the 140lb division. Take nothing away from the smooth moving Abril though. He boxed beautiful and now must be regarded as one of the best Lightweights in the world. Surely now the WBA must either award the title to the Cuban OR at least make Abril fight for the vacant title.

What happens now to the judges?? will they get demoted - i cant see to be honest as i don't think the Nevada State Athletic Commission will do that especially as Roth and Towbridge are high profile judges. There must be an investigation though as the vast majority thought that Abril won....74 of 77 of the scores i collected certainly did.

My Scorecard is below with every score i collected from the press and fans etc

Fightscorecollectors Scorecard

Round 1.... 10-9 Abril
Round 2.... 10-9 Abril
Round 3.... 10-9 Rios
Round 4.... 10-9 Abril
Round 5.... 10-9 Abril
Round 6.... 10-9 Abril
Round 7.... 10-9 Abril
Round 8.... 10-9 Rios
Round 9.... 10-9 Abril
Round 10.. 10-9 Abril
Round 11.. 10-9 Abril
Round 12.. 10-9 Abril

TOTAL: Abril 118-110 Rios

Judges Scores : Jerry Roth :         116-112 Rios
                         Glen Towbridge: 115-113 Rios
                         Adalaide Byrd:    117-111 Abril


Boxing Fans Forums and Press Scores

Terry Dooley (Boxingscene) - 117-111 Abril

Steve Kim (Maxboxing) - 115-113 Abril

John Chavez (BoxingTruthRadio) - 114-114 Draw - 117-112 Abril

Bret Newton ( - 120-108 Abril

Wil Trillio ( - 117-111 Abril

Kevin Iole ( - 116-112 Abril - 118-110 Abril

Dan Rafael (ESPN) - 118-110 Abril

Rich Marotta (Top Rank) - 117-111 Abril

ProBoxing-Fand Jake - 117-111 Abril

Gabriel Montoya (Maxboxing) - 116-112 Abril

Steve Lillis (Boxnation) - 118-111 Abril

Tris Dixon (BoxingNews Mag) - 118-110 Abril

Eric Raskin ( /ring theory podcast) -115-113 Abril

David Payne ( - 118-110 Abril

Saddo Fans Forum (all for Abril) 118-110 x3 , 116-112 x2 , 120-108 ,* 115-113 RIOS*

Boxingasylum Forum (all for Abril) 119-109 x3, 118-110 x2 , 117-111 x2 , 120-108

Livefight Fans (all for Abril) 117-111 x2 , 119-109

Fightjudge Fans (all for Abril) 118-110 x3 , 116-114

Fighthype Fans (all for Abril) 116-112 , 117-111

Ringnews24 Fans (all for Abril) 118-110 , 120-109 , 119-109

Boxrec Fans (all for Abril) 119-109 x3 , 118-110 , *115-113 RIOS*

Eastsideboxing Fans (all for Abril)  117-111 x6 , 120-108 x3 , 118-111 x2 , 119-109 x5
                                                     117-112 , 118-110 , *115-113 RIOS*

Boxingscene Fans (all for Abril) 118-110 x4 , 117-111 x3 120-108 x2 , 119-109 x2 , 116-112

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