Within minutes of the announcement of the scores for the Paul Williams vs. Erislandy Lara fight, a seemingly indefensible robbery of Lara, I contacted Nick Lembo of the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board. Nick has always been my MMA go-to for the New Jersey commission but he does not work the boxing side of things. He did, however, take the time to do his best to get me some answers.
I asked what action is taken in a situation like this where it appears that a decision is near universally disagreed with, if there will be any sort of accountability for the judges and so forth. Mr. Lembo just sent a tweet to me that said the following:
@brentbrookhouse Cmsr Davis will be calling in all the judges to review the tape and discuss each round with them as an initial inquiry.
"Cmsr Davis" is board commissioner Aaron Davis.
It does seem that there will be a degree of accountability here on a judging decision that seemed very hard to understand. In my experience, New Jersey has been the best commission in the country as far as being aggressive in attempts to address situations like this. it's nice to see some action being taken.
I'll be attempting to speak with Commissioner Davis in the next day or two to ask a few more questions, but it does appear that they have taken notice of a very odd scoring situation.
One last note: George Willis tweeted a picture of a copy of the official scorecards. The thing that sticks out to me is the scoring of round 11 for Williams on two cards. Had that round (which was a dominant Lara round) been scored for Erislandy he would have won a split decision.