THE FURY camp were furious, with promoter Mick Hennessy labelling it “corruption at the highest order of boxing”.
Hughie Fury failed in his world title bid at the weekend as he lost out to Joseph Parker in a majority decision.
But how many times have we heard that utterance of despair when the scorecards are read out?
In boxing it goes back forever.
Fight manager Joe Jacobs famously uttered the words “We wuz robbed” on June 21 1932 when his man Max Schmeling had clearly outboxed Jack Sharkey, only to have the world heavyweight title handed to Sharkey.
Almost a century later we heard the same cry from the family of Hughie Fury as he was outpointed by WBO heavyweight champion Parker on Saturday.
His elder cousin and the former holder of the WBO belt Tyson Fury notably went beserk in the ring when the scoring was read out.
The previous weekend at Gennady Golovkin’s fight against Canelo Alvarez, both fighters and camps were saying the same thing after their mega bout in Las Vegas ended in a controversial draw.
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We’ve heard it time and time again over the years and in over 100 fights amateur and professional I can recall saying it myself once or thrice.
Boxing, unlike most sports, is subjective. There is no net or goal or basket where you can clearly define a point or a winner.
If there is no knockout after the contest finishes it is left to judges or in lesser fights the referee to decide who won the fight.
Hence the reason for three judges which I believe should be compulsory for all bouts whatever the rounds, because as humans we see things from different perspectives in all things in life.
So we might disagree with one judge seeing it completely outlandish like Adalaide Bird did for Canelo vs Alvarez.
Myself and the majority of the press had Parker winning against Fury, but not as widely as two of the judges had it at 118-110.
But nevertheless the right man won.
I do think that judges have to be very experienced and must be held accountable for their decision, as there is so much at stake in big fights.
But remember boxing is big business and big money so admitting to a loss makes no financial sense if you can get another big fight or a rematch, or in so many of the great boxing match ups, a trilogy.
Remember controversy still sells.
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