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WBO President admits judge screwed up on Abraham-Smith

Phil Jay 29/09/2014
Paco Valcarcel, the current President of the World Boxing Organisation, has addressed the controversial decision on Saturday night as super-middleweight champion Arthur Abraham defeated Paul Smith.
Abraham, 34, was given a 119-109, 117-111 (twice) victory over 31 year-old Smith in a contest that looked a lot closer than those cards suggested, and the WBO have already agreed to review the scoring of the fight.
 
As fans air their frustration at the WBO’s officiating of the bout, Valcarcel has decided to speak out, especially regarding the widest card by Fernando Laguna – having admitted that the Spaniard was way off.
 
“Regarding Abraham v Smith, I assure you that I review each and every scorecard for WBO title fights,” said Valcarcel. 

“Fernando Laguna screwed up on Saturday night and 35 years in boxing have taught me that anyone can have a bad night – but not two. Our WBO officials should be aware of this.”

 
Smith and his promoter Eddie Hearn are hopeful of gaining in immediate rematch from Valcarcel upon the completion of the review, although Abraham is yet to formally speak out in favour of meeting the Briton again.
 
According to Smith, Abraham verbally agreed to an immediate return at the post-fight press conference, but has also been vocal on a possible clash against the winner of Robert Stieglitz v Felix Sturm.

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