Gabriel Campillo couldn't believe the scores in Las Vegas last night. Now, he'll protest the decision. (Reuters Photos, via daylife.com)
Though little rarely comes of anything in these situations, former WBA light heavyweight titlist Gabriel Campillo will file an official protest regarding his highly controversial loss last night in Las Vegas to Beibut Shumenov. Rick Reeno has the quotes from Campillo's manager, Sampson Lewkowicz:
"I demand a full investigation on the judge who scored 117-111 [Patricia Morse Jarman]. It was another travesty for boxing. I want a full investigation on the judge. That judge put a black eye on boxing and a black eye on all of the judges in Nevada and all the people of Nevada. She can never come back to judge again. She is either blind or got paid off - one of the two. Keith Kizer is one the best commissioners and he will never allow that [for her to judge again]."
Bad Left Hook scored the fight 117-111 for Campillo, which is more or less in line with every score I've seen besides the two Vegas judges that scored the fight for Shumenov.
Lou DiBella also weighed in, because Lou DiBella likes to weigh in on things, and has been quite vocal about the bad scoring we've seen too much of lately in boxing:
"Jerry Roth had one of the worst nights of his life. The other judge that had it 9 rounds to 3 for Shumenov, they should immediately sit down and have a chat with her and take a close look at her scorecard. I can accept Roth had a bad night. I can't accept the other scorecard under any circumstance. Every day that passes we are shooting ourselves in the foot as a sport and an industry. How can you make new fans when they watch a fight that end with a decision like that? Anyone who says Shumenov won doesn't know a f***ing thing about boxing. Explaining this to the fans makes me embarrassed to be in this industry. The fight was not even close."
It's unlikely that Morse Jarman will receive any actual penalty for her scorecard, but a review of the fight could at least get Campillo a third fight with Shumenov. I'd call it "well-deserved," but from watching the fight on DVR this morning, it's not a fight anyone really deserves. It's a fight that shouldn't be in discussions, but now has to be. I didn't keep score, but the fight was clearly Campillo's. It's not even a discussion. I don't throw around "robbery" too often because when you do it loses all meaning, but this was a robbery. Campillo outclassed, outboxed and outfought Shumenov.