2013 STARTS OFF JUST LIKE 2012 ENDS-- WITH HORRENDOUS JUDGING RUINING GOOD FIGHTS
Compiled By Scott Shaffer
The Boxingtalk Scoreboard
Rances Barthelemy W12 Arash Usmanee... Three judges in Miami, Florida did what Rances Barthelemy could not-- beat Arash Usmanee. Judges Valerie Dorsett, Rick Bays and Rich Green gave the Florida-based Barthelemy a hometown win in a super featherweight bout with scoring that was simply unfair to the Canadian-based Usmanee. There is no objective justification for these three judges' scores. Punchstat credited Usmanee (20-1) with outlanding Barthelemy 282 punches to 238, and ESPN's Teddy Atlas thought Usmanee deserved a 117-111 verdict. "It's either incompetence or corruption! That is disgraceful!" screamed Atlas after the verdict was read, and Boxingtalk agrees. Barthelemy (18-0) clearly won the first two rounds, but Usmanee adjusted well, and threw about 260 punches more than Barthelemy did over the twelve rounds. It was an exciting competitive fight that ended with little suspense as to who the winner should be. That changed when the verdict was read, 116-112 (twice) and 115-113 for the undeserving Barthelemy. The only consolation is that Usmanee, whose father was killed in wartorn Afghanistan when he was just six, has been through worse. The last major fight of 2012, Tomasz Adamek's unjust win over Steve Cunningham, was also a judging debacle, showing just how unfair the sport has become in many states.
Jonathan Gonzalez W10 Derek Ennis... In the ESPN2 telecast opener, 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian Jonathan Gonzalez won a majority decision over Philadelphia's Derek Ennis in a junior middle weight bout. Official scores were 98-92 and 97-93, both for Gonzalez and 95-95. Gonzalez, coming off a draw against former world titlist, Sergey Dzinziruk, improves to 16-0-1, while Ennis slips to 23-4-1. source for both results: espn2