Outrage from the boxing community has since forced the WBO to admit that at least one of the judges, Fernando Laguna had ‘screwed up’ in scoring, and will now take the next step in the process of a final ruling on the matter.
“The WBO Championship Committee will decide once it receives a formal petition on the fight between Arthur Abraham and Paul Smith,” spokesperson Diana Melendez told World Boxing News.
“The process involves taking everything into consideration. i.e. analyzing the report presented by the supervisor in attendance, which includes an assessment of officials performance – as well as hearing both sides.”
President Paco Valcarcel seems to be fully on board with getting to the bottom of what transpired between the two fighters as Smith and his promoter Eddie Hearn lobby for an immediate return against the champion.