There's A Petition To Get Boxing Judge Alejandro Rochin Fired

Alejandro Rochin ruled in favour of WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in the Staples Center on Saturday night, despite Tyson Fury dominating for the majority of the fight - and in turn caused quite the controversy.

Rochin gave Wilder the first four rounds, while fellow judges Robert Tapper and Phil Edwards handed Fury the opening four.

The Mexican judge went on to give the card of 115-11 in favour of the current champion, while Tapper scored it 114-110 to Fury and Edwards had it level at 113-113.

It was an outcome that sparked huge debate, with Showtime commentator Paulie Malignaggi slating the decision while highlights were being shown.

"Guys, I don't even care about any of these replays. I really don't. This decision is a joke. Alejandro Rochin better never work another day of his life in boxing.

"I don't know what else to tell you. We're looking at highlights of a fight we should be breaking down and why the result is the way it is, but I can't tell you why the result is the way it is.

"We're looking at certain highlights, but then I've got to explain why the result went this way? I don't know what to tell you anymore. I can't even do my own job."


Rochin has been slammed for his decision of course, but one fan has gone to extremes, creating a petition to "have Alejandro Rochin assessed and fired immediately" for his involvement in the bout.

Kian Brown, who claims he has 'no bias' toward both of the fighters, has created the petition, saying:

"There was a clear winner in this fight; the failure of legitimacy in the sport of boxing must not be swept under the rug this time. Have Alejandro Rochin assessed and fired immediately.

"A man stood for not only his country tonight but for the world and showed total class and yet again, a victor has been stolen from. I am upset and sick to my stomach however proud of our champion

"Tyson Fury. He is truly one of the greatest fighters in and out of the ring."

Image: Change.org
Image: Change.org

The petition has so far received 164 signatures at the time of writing. Do you think Rochin should be punished for his scorecard?

Let us know in the comments.

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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