There’s not many people who will argue that the right man won when Teofimo Lopez overcame pound-for-pound rated Vasiliy Lomachenko last weekend, but Lomachenko’s manager was sure pissed off by the 119-109 scorecard turned in by judge Julie Lederman.
“Does she need to be suspended for life from judging boxing matches? That’s my question,” Egis Klimas said about Lederman’s card, which gave Lomachenko only one round of the fight.
This kind of score obviously reinforces Klimas’ negative perception of having Lederman selected as a judge in the fight, having requested that no judges from either California or New York be assigned to the match to avoid any potential regional bias. Lomachenko trains out of California while Lopez is a New York native, where Lederman is also from.
Nevada State Athletic Commission director Bob Bennett responded to Klimas’ objection by saying that judges are selected based upon their performance, not their regional affiliation, and says he wouldn’t hesitate to bring Lederman back for another big fight in the future.
Whether or not you find that 119-109 scorecard ridiculous — which most fans probably would agree it was — the right man did in fact win the fight, so there clearly isn’t going to be any major outrage from those with less than a vested interest in particular fighter.