Mayweather win was a close call – local judges

2014-05-11 15:00

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Floyd Mayweather may have defeated Marcos Maidana last weekend, but two South African international boxing judges believe two of the judges that declared the US ­fighter victorious got it wrong.

Stan Christodoulou and Thabo Spampool both scored the fight closely, at 115-114 to Mayweather.

That’s a huge difference from the scores of US judges Burt Clements and Dave Moretti, who were at ringside and counted the brawl ­117-111 and 116-112, ­respectively, for Mayweather.

The third judge, Michael Pernick, had the tussle at a 114-114 stalemate.

Maidana pushed and kept Mayweather on the ropes for the opening five rounds of the bout. Spampool and Christodoulou believe the Argentinian won these, with the exception of round four, when Mayweather was on the receiving end of a vicious head-butt.

According to boxing rules, if a boxer head-butts his opponent, one point should be deducted from him.

This meant that by the fifth stanza, the score was 49-46 to Maidana, but the complexion of the fight soon changed ­as Mayweather found his ­footing.

“Maidana bulldozed Mayweather early in the fight,” said Spampool.

“But Mayweather, a genius of boxing, absorbed the pressure while ­studying his opponent, and he recovered in the final rounds.”

Christodoulou – one of the world’s most ­respected judges – ­concurred, giving some insight into scoring a boxing contest.

He said the most important things judges looked for were effective aggression and power punches.

Cristodoulou, an International ­Boxing Hall of Fame inductee, added it was about the quality of punches and not the quantity.

He said: “I gave it to Mayweather with one point for his effectiveness, but the judge who scored it a draw was fair because it was a close fight.”

As for the two judges who gave it to him with a huge gap on their scorecards, Christodoulou denounced them as being biased.

But perhaps giving his ­colleagues the benefit of the doubt, Christodoulou said there was always a difference between watching a fight on TV and ­sitting ringside.

“The most important thing is to ­resist the influence of ungovernable crowds,” concluded Christodoulou. Spampool added that people often watched fights with their minds ­already made up.

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