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In boxing the judging is subjective, very subjective. Despite that we can all agree on a poor decision and we all know when the judged get it wrong. We're not ones to yell “robbery” at every close decision but we can still recognise an awful decision.
Despite that there was a run away winner for the robbery of the year, and bizarrely it actually resulted in the WBC using common sense afterwards and over-turning the result. Whilst the result was over-turned the original decision was the worst of the year and as a result it denied a man of a win he had earned at the time.
That bout, and our robbery of the year 2015, was he Kerry Hope Vs Petsuriya Singwancha bout which took place on August 29th in Hong Kong. The two men were fighting for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Middleweight title and the bout, for all intents and purposes, was a clear win for Hope, a Welshman now based in Australia. The judges however scored the bout a split decision draw with cards of 115-113, to Petchsuriya, 114-114 and 117-111 to Hope.
In the days that followed the bout there was outrage from those who saw it, including Hope's co-manager Matt Clark who described it as the worst decision he
Thankfully the WBC did review the bout just days later and awarded the win to Hope with scores of 117-111 on all 3 cards and subsequently suspended two judges, Visuth Yingaupagarn and Pongpan Rattanasutorn, who had originally scored the bout a draw and a win to Petchsuriya.
Of course not awful decisions are sorted out afterwards, but that one was. Unlike the terrible decisions in bouts such as Teiru Kinoshita Vs Cyborg Nawatedani, Keita Obara Vs Walter Castillo or Arthur Villanueva Vs McJoe Arroyo, all of which remained with the “incorrect” result.