by Kris Anthony (firstname.lastname@example.org)
If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck. Not in this case.
The British Boxing Board of Control has cleared referee and judge Terry O’Connor of not using a mobile phone and his ‘questionable’ judging at the recent Lewis Ritson vs Miguel Vazquez fight where O’Connor scored the aforementioned bout 117-111 in favour of Ritson, despite Ritson appearing to be outboxed for the majority of the bout by Vasquez.
Yes, it really does not look like a mobile phone nor is it being held like one. Oh, sorry, the thumb doesn’t look like it’s typing neither. It’s an optical illusion…
Official Statement From The BBBofC:
“British Boxing Board of Control Judge Mr. Terry O’Connor appeared before the Stewards of the Board to discuss his performance at the tournament held on 17th October 2020 at the East of England Showground Arena, Peterborough.
Allegations made on social media and the print media as to Mr. O’Connor using a mobile telephone or similar handheld device were considered.
Following extensive consideration of footage and Mr. O’Connor’s evidence supplied, the Stewards are satisfied that Mr. O’Connor was not in possession of any telephone or handheld device whilst carrying out his duties as a Judge in the contest between Lewis Ritson and Miguel Vazquez and his scoring of said bout was not affected in any way.
In addition, Mr. O’Connor’s scoring of the bout was considered and whilst judging a contest is subjective and following Mr. O’Connor’s explanation of how he scored the bout, the Stewards are satisfied that Mr. O’Connor’s final score reflected his own opinion of the contest.”
Really? How surprising. So, if it is not a phone, what was it exactly? Not mentioned. I smell something and it is not a duck.
Ah, the scoring as well.
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