In what has to be one of the most unanimously criticized decisions we have seen in years, Lewis Ritson clinched a split decision victory over Miguel Vazquez today in Peterborough, England, scoring 113-116 , 115-113 and 117-111.
Bad Left Hook had the fight 118-110 for Vazquez which was not in line with what the DAZN team saw but was in line with what the Sky Sports team and basically everyone on social networks have seen. You don’t have to take my word for it; check the responses to the Matchroom message about the decision. When it’s that wide, you know you’ve seen something horrible.
Some of Matchroom’s responses:
- “I never comment on questionable decisions, but it is perhaps the most embarrassing decision I have seen in my life… at worst it was 117-111 Vazquez.
- “What a mess of a judgment display. I wanted Ritson to win but it’s a shame.
- “I’ve seen bad decisions and questionable boxing scores, but come on.
- “I can’t believe this scoreboard and this decision. Even the Sky Team can’t believe Vazquez didn’t win.
- “Absolute shock, even more bent judges, Vazquez could have continued to dance around him for another 12 laps.”
Not convinced by me or other boxing fans? Then ask the promoter of the fight – and Ritson -:
Watching from home and felt Vasquez deserved the win there #RitsonVasquez
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) October 17, 2020
The fight was really not particularly close. It wasn’t that Vazquez (42-10, 16 KOs) dominated, but rather comfortably won rounds, over and over again, with nothing in the fight really changing in 12 rounds. Vazquez took out Ritson (21-1, 12 KOs), period, and Ritson couldn’t do much with him, because Vazquez picked and pecked, and while OK, that’s not the thing. most exciting or the most incredible, what is Ritson? Very little. Ritson looked horrible in that fight, quite frankly. An occasional gunshot went through, that’s about it.
It’s a shameful decision, and judges Terry O’Connor (117-111) and Michael Alexander (115-113) scored scores that completely stole the 33-year-old Vazquez, who absolutely deserved the win in this fight.
- Marc Leach UD-10 Qais Ashfaq: A bit upset, as 27-year-old Ashfaq loses for the first time, dropping to 8-1 (3 KOs) on scores of 95-93, 96-93 and 96 -92. Leach, 26 (15-1-1, 3 KOs), scored knockdowns in the fourth and seventh rounds, and his often-out-of-left-handed boxing seemed to really reject Ashfaq, a natural southpaw. Ashfaq had a bad start but came back a bit. He won the seventh round, for example, before being abandoned. Leach deserved the win here, he was just the best guy of the night. It wasn’t exactly what you would call a fun fight to watch.
- Rylan Charlton KO-3 Joe Laws: Laws is a popular ticket-selling fighter, 26-year-old welterweight who is a lot of fun to watch. He really caught our eye for the first time just over a year ago to the day, when he won a swing bout against Judge Addy on the Ritson-Davies card in Newcastle. He fought like a maniac and quickly became a minor cult favorite. But he was completely wiped out here by Charlton (6-0-1, 3 KOs), a small 28-year-old with a powerful body who dropped Laws once in the first and two more times in the third. Laws (9-1, 5 KOs) has never been a prominent prospect or anything, but bad exposure like this calls into question how much time you can even get by using it as an attraction. exciting action under the map. There was nothing he could do with Charlton, who himself is not a blue shredder.
- Thomas Patrick Ward D-9 Thomas Essomba: A technical draw, with scores of 86-86, 88-85 Essomba and 88-84 Ward. I went to the cards early due to a cut on Ward (29-0-1, 4 KOs), who had the usual Essomba (10-6-1, 4 KOs) heartache that fighters tend to, good or not. Ward, 26, is a 122-year-old former British champion, impressed with a ShoBox victory in early 2019, then strangely pushed his competition back so far for three fights that it made absolutely no sense. Escaping him with a draw against Essomba wouldn’t normally be the most overwhelming thing – Essomba is way better than his record – but there’s a lot of worrying stuff about Ward, really.
- Kane Baker PTS-6 Meshech Speare: It was very short notice to add to the card, and Baker (14-7, 0 KOs) ended about 10 days of quitting boxing when he took fighting, having last fought on October 4, when he lost to Aqib Fiaz. , which was questionable. Speare (5-1, 3 KOs) came from smaller venues and failed the test.
- Ellie Scotney PTS-6 Bec Connolly: A successful professional start for 22-year-old Scotney, who drops 36-year-old veteran Connolly to 3-8 (0 KOs). Matchroom has a habit of pushing talented female fighters fast and looking for belts, so Scotney, a featherweight who was a good amateur, could be stepped up.