Yesterday fight fans were expecting to see Australian based Filipino Jack Asis (35-18-5, 18) battle against South African Malcolm Klassen (32-6-2, 17), in a defense of Asis' IBO Super Featherweight world title. Surprisingly however the bout didn't go ahead on Friday with the fight being rescheduled for August 5th instead.
The rescheduling has come following a complaint from Asis' team regarding the selection of officials, which included a South African, Tony Nyangiwe. The complain was that all the officials should have been from neutral countries, something the IBO later agreed with.
As a result of the complaint the bout will now take on August 5th with the referee being changed to Englishman Terry O'Connor.
We're hoping the bout sets a precedent that will be followed by other organisations who have, for far too long, selected officials form the same country as one of the fighters in a world title bout. We're not saying officials are corrupt but we have seen bias and it may best to have the referee and all 3 judges for world title bouts featuring fighters from different countries, to all be neutral.
Thankfully the complaint has seen the bout added to what is actually an interesting card featuring two other IBO title bouts, including an IBO Super Flyweight title bout featuring South African local Gideon Buthelezi (17-5, 4).
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