The judges strike again! Tonight's PBC on NBC co-feature saw 2012 U.S. Olympian Dominic Breazeale meet his first tough test as a professional, as veteran Fred Kassi frustrated the prospect and gave him all -- if not more than -- he could handle over 10 rounds.
But the judges saw it an easy win for Breazeale, who improves to 16-0 (14 KO) on really bad scores of 97-93 and 98-92, plus a laughably transparent score of 100-90. BLH had the fight 97-93 for Kassi, with most cards on social media in that range, some at 95-95, which is what Jake Donovan had as the unofficial scorer for the TV broadcast.
Both color commentators, BJ Flores and Sugar Ray Leonard, disagreed with the decision, as well. Flores said he had it a 95-95 draw, while Leonard openly bashed the scoring.
"What are the judges looking at? What fight did they see? This is ridiculous," Leonard said just after the scores were read. It was a thought passing through a lot of peoples' minds.
Breazeale struggled with the awkwardness of Kassi (18-4-1, 10 KO), a short veteran fighter who switches stances constantly, and was able to often lure Breazeale into close quarters, where he landed cleaner shots.
Despite the struggles, Breazeale had his moments. He admitted that Kassi was able to frustrate him, but he fought with energy for 10 rounds and landed some good shots, too. A draw would not have been a bad decision. But for a judge to suggest that Kassi did not win a single round is embarrassing.
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