LET’S GO TO THE SCORECARDS, NO DON’T!
Pound4Pound Wear the maker of athletic sports apparel and accessories was the official sponsor of Tyson Cave in his WBA WORLD SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT which took place Friday night, December 11, 2014 vs Oscar Escandon. The bout was the co-main event live on ESPN2 from Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, USA. According to the judges scorecards, Tyson who is referred to as “Prince of Hali” dropped a SD, the scores were as follow : Raul Caiz Jr 111-117 | judge: Tony Crebs 113-115 | judge: Max DeLuca 115-113. After the decision was announced, Teddy Atlas the highly respected boxing analyst who was also calling the fight went on an epic rant and referred to the judges decision as robbery and corruption in boxing! The video can be seen at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZDjvGm0OVg ESPN2 home viewers scored the fight in favor of Cave 120-108 sweeping all 12 rounds.
In other action over on HBO Saturday night, former two division title holder Tim Bradley clearly looked like he did what he needed to do in an action filled fight against the game Diego Chaves. However, when Michael Buffer read the scorecards, the approx 2,500 in attendance were dumbfounded. The official scores read, Judge Burt Clements scored it 115-113 for Bradley, Julie Lederman surprisingly had it 116-112 for Chaves and Craig Metcalfe had it 114-114. ESPN.com had it for Bradley 119-109. Lederman’s father, HBO unofficial judge Harold Lederman, had it 116-112 for Bradley.
On the same card the co-main event featured, Mauricio Herrera vs Jose Benavidez for the WBA WORLD LIGHT WELTERWEIGHT TITLE. It has appeared that Herrera had dominated the fight and did all he needed to retain his title, however the only 3 scores that counted were those of the three judges which cost Herrera his world title along with what may have been millions in purses. Max DeLuca and Eric Cheek scored the bout it 116-112 for Benavidez, while the third judge, the normally reliable Dave Moretti of Las Vegas had it 117-111 for Benavidez. Yahoo Sports scored it 117-111 for Herrera, as did Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Dan Rafael of ESPN.com and Steve Kim of UCN Live.com. Herrera clearly landed the harder cleaner shots, the fans were in shock when the official decision was rendered. “I don’t understand anymore,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum, Bradley’s promoter, adding that he thought the scoring was as bad as the scoring that gave Bradley a hugely controversial split-decision win against Manny Pacquiao in their first fight.
At Pound4Pound we sponsor many athletes in many different sports, but Founder Steven Heid who is also a successful boxing manager has a huge love for the sport and likes to give back to the fighters. “A sport I love so much that I have grown up watching with my father since the age of 7 is in serious jeopardy. These decisions are horrendous, three robbery’s in one night. If you walked into a bank with a gun and stole the cash, you would be locked up so why should this be any different? It is time for change, it is time for a national commission. These fighters train there butts off and fight to survive, they fight for their life and they fight for their family. Being a professional boxer is not like being a MLB pitcher, if you have a bad day on the mound you go home and shake it off. If you have a bad day in the square circle, as horrible as it sounds the reality is you may never go home. To see something like this happen makes me sick to my stomach. Along with the millions of dollars gambled on boxing events each year, these so called judges are gambling with peoples lives. A federal investigation needs to be seriously considered. Our sport is dying, who wants to watch a kid win 12 rounds decisively and lose the fight? It’s a joke, no wonder why boxing the sport I love so much is on the decline while MMA has become the fastest growing sport in the world. In addition to a national commission there should be a discussion about health coverage and benefits. The NFL, NBA and MLB all have associations looking out for their athletes best interest. Just recently the NFL agreed to pay a 765 million dollar settlement related to concusssions to 18,000 former players. Boxers fight for peanuts compared to other athletes. The reality is that in boxing 1% of the fighters make 99% of the money. Most of these fighters are coming off the streets trying to support their family and make a living, for most of them this is their full time job and all they know. To see them get robbed like this is unacceptable, it is time for change!.” said Heid.