Luis Ortiz def. Malik Scott by UD (119-106, 120-106, 120-105)
Malik Scott (38-3-1, 13 KO) is known for stinking out the joint, but this was a new level even for him. He did nothing in this fight, though I did manage to give him a round at one point, partially because why not, I was bored giving Ortiz rounds, who cares? Scott was ridiculous in this fight, hitting the canvas seven or eight times in total, ruled officially down three times. The referee was comically bad, at one point helping Scott up after a knockdown. Scott claimed rabbit punches on two knockdowns, the third was a body shot so he couldn’t do it there. Ortiz (26-0, 22 KO) looked really one dimensional here, too, to be fair, not mixing up his game at all, just plodding around with the same approach that wasn’t doing much of anything. Awful fight. Late contender for Worst Fight of the Year, and Scott may have run away with Worst Performance. Brutal.
Jamie McDonnell def. Liborio Solis by UD (115-113, 116-112, 117-111)
This is up there for the worst decisions of the year. Solis (25-5-1, 11 KO) did some really good work in this fight, plenty more than winning a mere three rounds, and McDonnell (29-2-1, 13 KO) is really lucky to leave the ring with his WBA “world” title belt, let alone winning so relatively comfortably. Even the 7-5 McDonnell card is tough to swallow. BLH had this 116-112 for Solis.
Martin Murray def. Nuhu Lawal by UD (116-111, 117-110, 117-110)
Lawal (23-1, 13 KO) took this fight on three days’ notice. If he’d been better prepared, this might have been a different fight. The Nigerian, now fighting out of Germany, showed an incredibly reserve of energy, as he looked pretty spent early on but managed to keep a real pace throughout. That’s no discredit to Murray (34-4-1, 16 KO), either, who landed the cleaner shots in the fight, probably. This was the third opponent for Murray on this date, following Arthur Abraham and Dmitry Chudinov falling out, so you have to wonder about his mental preparation, too, to be entirely fair. My card was 114-113, as was the score of BLH’s Christopher Trottier, closer than the official cards. Murray lost a point in the 12th round for using his head.