Brandon Rios and Robert Garcia were celebrating a surprising victory this weekend to the chagrin of Richard Abril and Ricardo Rizzo. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
In a fight that appeared to be another stain on boxing, Richard Abril lost a controversial decision to Brandon Rios. It was suggested in an earlier column today that the Nevada State Athletic Commission saw nothing wrong with the decision. However, as expected, Abril's team, specifically matchmaker Ricardo Rizzo, seems to have a very legitimate issue with this fight according to Miguel Rivera.
"With these [decisions] in Las Vegas, boxing loses credibility. It seems that Top Rank fighters are protected. Even the pay-per-view commentators said that Abril took Brandon Rios to school. Abril was fighting him in the old [school] style and the judges in Las Vegas are the most stupid out there. We strongly protest the decision of these judges, who are incompetent," Rizzo said.
"Only Adalaide Byrd, an international judge of the WBA and WBO, issued the correct score. I want to appeal to the WBA to rectify this result. Promoters and global agencies must join together to force the Nevada State Athletic Commission accept the participation of international judges, just like the rest of the world," Rizzo said.
To echo the statements of Brent earlier today, there is no reason to give the judges a poor angle for a fight. I'm not sure I like the idea of giving the judges the TV feed (it gives the networks too much power) but I think we should be able to give the judges all of the angles possible via small TV monitors. In fact they should also have access to the four views around the ring and an overhead view as well. It really begs the question, what is the best possible angle to view a fight? Is it a tight angle or from far away? From an overhead shot or from a ¾ angle like the television view? I don't have the answers but it is surely an interesting topic for the comments section.