Folks, we may have had a real robbery tonight! Kencihi Ogawa put up a valiant effort in his vacant title fight against Tevin Farmer, but seemed to be outclassed over 12 rounds. Farmer showed off his flashy, defensive style but also went on offense for good portions of the fight too — landing his left hand early and often.
I ended up scoring the fight 117-111 in favor of the slick Tevin Farmer, but the judges came back with official scores of 116-112, 112-116, and 115-113 for an Ogawa split decision win. With the win Ogawa takes the vacant IBF junior lightweight title.
Farmer looked visibly stunned when the scorecards were read in Ogawa's favor — and justifiably so.
CompuBox stats also heavily favored Farmer in this fight, with Farmer landing a total of 158 of 525 punches (30.1%) while Ogawa landed only 99 of 445 punches (22.2%). That pretty much tells you everything you need to know.
Also on the opening fight on the HBO telecast, Francisco Vargas took a technical decision over Stephen Smith in a good fight. Vargas seemed to be getting the better of the action but Smith would suffer some kind of freak accident to his ear where it was nearly ripped off his face following an accidental head clash. That forced the fight to go to the scorecards early, and Vargas was up on all three scorecards: 89-82, 88-83, 88-83. I had Vargas up 89-82 at the time of stoppage for BLH.