Eddie Hearn Says Boxing Judge Should Be 'Immediately Removed' For What He Was Caught Doing During Fight
Eddie Hearn believes the British Boxing Board of Control should "immediately remove" Terry O'Connor as a judge if he was actually on his phone during Lewis Ritson vs. Miguel Vasquez.
Ritson claimed a controversial split-decision points win over Vasquez at Matchroom Boxing's show on Saturday.
O'Connor inexplicably scored the contest 117-111 in favour of the British fighter.
LEWIS RITSON WINS IT! :black_circle::white_circle:
A split decision for the Newcastle man. The scores were 116-113 Vazquez, 117-111 Ritson, 115-113 Ritson.
That was controversial. How did you score it? pic.twitter.com/N1kRmONHln
- Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) October 17, 2020
But his actions during the main-event clash proved to be even more damning than his score-card.
He appeared to be on his phone midway through a round as Ritson and Vasquez were trading blows.
Promoter Hearn reacted angrily on social media, suggesting the BBBofC should take swift action against the veteran official.
On Twitter, he wrote: "If that's a phone (and I presume it is) then then BBBofC should immediately remove him."
If that's a phone (and I presume it is) then then BBBofC should immediately remove him. https://t.co/yVGKMRvNG9
- Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) October 17, 2020
Speaking to iFLTV, he added: "117-111 to Ritson was a disgrace of a card. And it's terrible for the sport.
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"People have gotta be accountable for bad decisions. If you're in a job and you don't perform well, then you've gotta face the consequences."
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman called the situation "extremely troubling."
This image is extremely troubling to any person involved in boxing. pic.twitter.com/mLtNzBnXnF- Mauricio Sulaiman (@wbcmoro) October 17, 2020
Boxing trainer and manager Dave Coldwell also slammed O'Connor on social media.
"I've always said judges should be asked to explain how they come to their decision when it's controversial & seemingly wide of the mark. Not sure swiping left counts as a good reason for screwing fighters careers over though?" He wrote.
I've always said judges should be asked to explain how they come to their decision when it's controversial & seemingly wide of the mark.
Not sure swiping left counts as a good reason for screwing fighters careers over though? #boxing https://t.co/I6VT34ebNe
- Dave Coldwell (@davidcoldwell) October 17, 2020
Joe Joyce's manager Sam Jones pulled no punches too.
"I promise that's the worst decision I've ever seen in boxing," he exclaimed on Twitter.
I promise that's the worst decision I've ever seen in boxing
- Sam Jones (@mrsamjones88) October 17, 2020
Ritson, who improved his professional record to 21-1, said he landed the clearer shots and agrees with the decision
"I think I was getting the clearer shots," he told Sky Sports. "I was confident that I won the fight."
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