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A New Year’s Resolution: Judge the Judges, Boxing 101′s ‘Watch List’

January 9th, 2013 at 1:00 PM
By Sharon Scrima

ESPN ringside analyst Teddy Atlas shared a list of New Year's resolutions he'd like boxing to adopt in 2013 during last Friday night's season debut of "Friday Night Fights". It included the creation of a panel to rate the best and worst judges with a view to salvage the sport from the poor judging that has plagued boxing since its inception. Ironically, Rances Barthelemy's controversial unanimous decision victory over Arash Usmanee in the main event of that FNF broadcast at the Magic City Casino in Miami, Florida sets the foundation for such rankings and has inspired Boxing 101 to create its own 'watch list' of dubious scoring.

'Happy New Year 2013' photo (c) 2012, Mark Kens - license:

Barthelemy (18-0, 11 KO's), a Cuban amateur standout who has since taken residence in Miami, appeared to have been the beneficiary of a hometown decision with scores of 115-113 and 116-112 twice. While there were some close rounds, the Afghan-Canadian Usmanee (20-1, 10 KO's) controlled the majority of the fight with his constant pressure and was the fresher, stronger fighter down the stretch while chipping away at a fading Barthelemy. The Cuban did not have an answer for the gritty Usmanee who was digging a variety of shots from all angles right through the final bell.

Atlas was so disgusted with the decision that he almost became hoarse as he screamed after the scores were announced.

"It might be a new year, but it's the same old bad judging! It's either incompetence or it's corruption. That is disgraceful! Happy New Year to you same old disgraceful judges. Happy New Year!"

The 'disgraceful' judges to whom Atlas refers are the first to be added to the Boxing 101 'watch list' as we begin the 2013 boxing season.

Ric Bays (FLA)MiamiBarthelemy v Usmanee115-113 (RB)UD (RB)
Richard Green (FLA)MiamiBarthelemy v Usmanee116-112 (RB)UD (RB)
Valerie Dorsett (NC)MiamiBarthelemy v Usmanee116-112 (RB)UD (RB)

This list will continue to be updated throughout the 2013 boxing season and will credit judges where applicable.


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Tags: Arash Usmanee, Boxing, Rances Barthelemy, Teddy Atlas

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