Fans puzzled as Sky pundit Jim Watt scores fight for Lucian Bute

Phil Jay 19/01/2014

Boxing followers on forums and social media alike are at a loss to explain how former world champion fighter Jim Watt managed to hand Lucian Bute victory over Jean Pascal in Saturday night’s Montreal encounter.

The 65 year-old, who won the WBC lightweight title in 1979, astonishingly has Bute winning 115-114 against his Canadian rival at the Bell Centre, despite all three judges carding wide scores in favour of Pascal.

Although I didn’t personally hear the commentary, the general consensus from feedback after the fight is that Watt saw the fight close all the way through, whereas Pascal seemed to do enough in most rounds to justify the scores.

I had the fight 118-110, with Pascal throwing the last round away by standing there and allowing Bute to tee-off and could only see one other round going the former IBF super-middleweight champion’s way.

According to some disillusioned fans, this is not the first time the commentator has noted a eyebrow-raising scorecard and news quickly travelled Stateside and beyond with all but a small few questioning how it happened.

Granted that Pascal was only working in bursts in the fight, but those were successfully executed as Bute still seemed to be feeling the affects of his devastating Carl Froch defeat in 2012.

Watt’s inexplicable scoring for Bute was certainly undeserved, and if the judges would have saw the fight the same way, Pascal and his team would have been robbed of a clear win – but luckily they didn’t.

Click here to see my scorecard of the fight

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