Paul Williams vs. Erislandy Lara judges suspended! Your thoughts?
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BoxingScene.com has received a copy of a letter dated July 13, 2011, from Aaron Davis, the commissioner of the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board, advising promoters Dan Goossen and Golden Boy Promotions, that all three judges from last Saturday's junior middleweight bout, involving Paul Williams and Erislandy Lara, have been indefinitely suspended.
Citing concerns over their scoring, Davis informed the promoters that his agency placed judges Al Bennett, Hilton Whitaker and Don Givens on suspension and all three will require additional training upon returning to boxing. After what appeared to be a dominating victory for Lara, the three judges scored a majority decision win for Williams, with scores of 116-114 (Givens), 115-114 (Whitaker) and 114-114 (Bennett). HBO had the fight scored 117-111 for Lara, as did BoxingScene.com.
David also noted that his agency found no evidence of corruption, but he did admit that his agency "did not provide our best officiating on July 9.”
I think they should have taken it a step further, and banned them for life.
@Richard - LOL!
- 8 years agoBest Answer
I have two thoughts on their suspension:
1. Those guys are being made scapegoats by Jersey. What about commission accountability?
2. Fans sell themselves cheap way too often! Judging by responses the Jersey commissioner should be nominated for a Nobel prize despite doing absolutely nothing other than tossing people under the bus. Here's a novel idea, show some freaking leadership and solve the freaking problem! Hold a press conference and say the New Jersey commission will completely change its system for judges and become the world leader within three years, here's how.
- thє ℓøηє ωøℓƒєLv 68 years ago
What's the man's name the person who is a interpreter or an adviser for Sergio
"Maravilla" Martinez I'm going to quote him "and yet another travesty in boxing."
We have seen some horrible calls in the judges decisions in the past the Jose
Armando Santa-Cruz-Joel Casamayor fight, Juan Diaz-Paulie Malignaggi 1, the
fight last Saturday night was just ridiculous we could of seen two top prospects
rise up to the occasion and get two high profile wins well one did on Showtime
Carlos Molina defeated Kermit Cintron and Erislandry Lara he just got robbed of
a decision. And this is no disrespect to Paul "The Punisher" Williams who just
made his return he's a world class fighter however, he didn't deserve a decision
in that fight, it should of been the other way around. Roy Jones Jr. did say that
the only way Paul Williams could improve is if he changes trainers if Paul hired
someone like Trainer Naazim Richardson well then, he could really help Paul to
get back into world title contention, we'll see what happens though in the future.Source(s): Jose what's up bro answer my questions too please when you get a chance.
- RichardLv 68 years ago
That type of judging kept Sven Ottke unbeaten throughout his career. A long judging career in Germany is probably on the cards for these 3 on the basis of that judging.Don King perhaps could get them jobs judging Devon Alexanders fights in St Louis if they dont want to move to Europe.lol
Joking aside when judges score a fight so differently to the vast majority of people you have to question whats happened. Wether or not its from being bribed makes no difference,if you get bribed and fix a fight you are a corrupt judge and should be fired, if you just cannot read a fight properly then you shouldnt be a judge in the first place.Its all very well making mistakes from the safety of the judges table but there are two guys in front of you risking life and limb and they deserve better.
- Tyler DurdenLv 78 years ago
There has been worse decisions before the Paul Williams vs. Erislandy Lara fight and there will be worst ones after, this is not even close to the worst broad casted decision and still I am not saying that it was good either.....
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- Anonymous8 years ago
Well, suspending the judges means they clearly believe the judges scored the fight wrong, so that means the victory for Paul Williams was wrong. Therefore they are justified in turning the outcome to a NC right?
I dont get why the judges get suspended but their decision holds
Either way, they should have a rematch with proper judges this time.
- NicholasLv 48 years ago
As far as them getting "additional training", exactly what kind of training do boxing judges get in the first place?
Also, is this only for New Jersey? I hate to think they'd be able to pack up and take their act on the road someplace.
- MaggieLv 44 years ago
Paul Williams has all the potential in the world. He just isn't showing it IMO and just might fight himself out of the competition if he doesn't get focused soon. Still think he's got it.
- H TLv 58 years ago
Finally a great news for boxing, these judges committed a crime by robbing Lara and must pay for that, this should be a lesson for every judge who robs a fighter of a hard earned victory.
- ragdefenderLv 68 years ago
The training should consist of a heavy wooden cross, a large cauldron of boiling oil, and initiation as a eunuch. Once they've passed this test, a cyanide capsule must be surgically inserted in their stomach, programmed to burst when they do something dishonest.
- STICK AND MOVELv 78 years ago
They should be fired or banned for those scorecards. At least the commission did something and acknowledged the terrible decision, but it doesn't take away the undeserving loss on Lara's record.