The debate continues to rumble into boxing judges following the recent controversial decision between Jaime Munguia and Dennis Hogan in Mexico.
Since the fight on April 13, which Munguia won via majority decision, the sport’s integrity has once again come into question.
Munguia vs Hogan
Munguia was out-scored by Hogan in at least seven, possibly eight of the rounds. But it was the home fighter who retained his WBO super-welterweight belt.
Fans and boxing personnel have voiced their displeasure at the continuing trend of lousy scoring.
Higher profile bouts have also been the victim in recent years. Gennady Golovkin vs Canelo Alvarez and Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury has been the subject of doubt over judging.
The competence of the officials is undoubtedly one of the major talking points which can be improved.
Since the Munguia v Hogan backlash, the WBO has finally accepted that the scoring should be reviewed.
A WBO panel will review each round to clarify how Munguia got the verdict.
Furthermore, Kevin Iole of Yahoo News has uncovered that no drug testing got carried out post-fight.
“There was supposed to be testing,” Valcárcel told Yahoo Sports. “But the lab didn’t show up.”
Asked whether this would affect the scoring scenario, Paco added: “Not based on that. We have to presume the guy (Munguia) was clean.
“He has no history of any issues. The testing should have been done. But the lab didn’t show up. So there was nothing that could be done.”
Iole also posted a video set to be used by Hogan’s team to prove pressure was put on the judges to score for Munguia.
Video from #MunguiaHogan where Munguia promoter Fernando Beltran and employee Juan Carlos Torres are hovering around the WBO supervisor, where scores of the fight are tallied. Hogan team members believe they’re giving scores to Munguia pic.twitter.com/juJnT18uIU
— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) April 19, 2019
Hogan’s representatives hope the clip will be investigated in what are pretty serious accusations.
All in all, it’s yet again a black eye for boxing. Constant issues with the judges’ capability overshadow what should be significant events.
Fans and promoters cannot rely on the correct outcome following an exciting battle. It’s been this way since scoring began.
Something needs to change – and soon.