WBC Conference Day 2 Recap

Russell Mora admitted that he had no idea what he was doing in this fight between Nonito Donaire and Fernando Montiel (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Where day one was all about the pomp and circumstance, day two was where the commission got down to business. Bob Newman of Fight News reported the ceremonies of the day. This day focused on several important issues including the use of instant replay and implementation of open scoring. But before we get to talk about these issues, Jose Sulaiman complained about the lack of representation from the state commissions. The only commission that bothered to show up was the Nevada commission because the conference is in Las Vegas. Here might be the reason why they aren't there, they are all working. California just had a meeting to decide on Dawson-Hopkins "fight," New Jersey is in the middle of fight week, and I don't think NYSAC really wants to show up to a WBC conference.

One of the themes of the day was to rag on the United States. The US decided to not implement open scoring (because open scoring is stupid) and not to implement instant replay. However, it seems that the vote passed everywhere else in the world. So have fun with announced scoring after 4 and 8 rounds, letting fighters know that they are getting screwed during the fight. Then there was some whining about the United States appointing local officials to judge and ref fights. Agent Don Majeski pointed to the example of Khan-Peterson where all of the officials were from the local commission.

"If the United States wanted to appoint four officials from North Korea, they could do so, but they choose not to do so. We used to have international referees like Stan Christodoulou and others officiate title fights in the U.S. But no more. Maybe we need to go back to the future."

Nevermind that Stan Christodoulou judges a good amount of fights in California like the Abraham-Ward fight, but yeah USA sucks.

The biggest highlight of the day was the "let's yell at the refs because they are what's wrong with boxing. Look at them not us" portion. In an attempt to capture a Captain Obvious award, Sulaiman pointed out that judges need to pay attention to the action at all times, stressing concentration. This was followed by an image of a judge talking on a cellphone during a fight. Facepalm.


Finally a string of refs admitted to mistakes in high profile fights. Robert Byrd criticized Lawrence Cole's performance (I mean who doesn't criticize Cole) in the Margarito-Pacquiao fight, saying that Margo was not competitive and the fight should have been stopped. Next up was Russell Mora who admitted that he should have stopped the Donaire-Montiel fight on the first knockdown. Apparently when Montiel got up from the knock down he was grunting and couldn't bring his hands up. Mora let it go on and then stopped it quite quickly after Donaire swarmed the doozy Montiel.

"Had one more serious punch landed, Montiel could have been killed," stated Mora. "It was a learning experience, and I can take cues from my colleagues like Kenny Bayliss and others."

Then the other refs in attendance lauded Mora ‘for his honesty and integrity in facing the fire.' Mora is the terrible ref that also allowed Agbeko's groin to be abused by Mares. In my opinion, Mora is the worst ref in boxing right now, surpassing Lawrence Cole. That's about it for Day 2. If I can find anything for Day 3 I'll try to post it today or tomorrow.

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