Earlier today we, along with fans from Thailand, saw a WBA interim Flyweight title bout between Stamp Kaitniwat (14-0, 6) and Dominican slugger Gregorio Lebron (13-3, 11). Following the final bell the scores were announced, though unfortunately none of our team speak Thai so whilst we knew Stamp had won we were unsure on the specifics of the scoring.
What we did know, from the crowd's reaction, was that the bout didn't end up in the clear cut unanimous decision that we'd expected following what seemed to be a clear win.
Since the end of the bout we've been given a photo of the scorecards which show why the fans reacted as they did.
The reaction was down to startling 113-113 card by American judge Raul Caiz Jr who managed to have Lebron sweeping rounds 3 through 8 as well as round 11. The card did include the two 10-8 rounds of Kiatniwat, but with out those Caiz's card would have had Stamp losing the bout.
Thankfully Caiz's terrible card was over-ruled by that of Byungmu Kim, from Korea, and Takeshi Shimakawa, from Japan. Kim scored the bout 116-112, scoring a couple of 10-10 rounds, whilst Shimakawa had the bout scored 117-109, the same as us.
Whilst we will admit there was a number of close rounds we simply cannot fathom how a judge managed to find 7 rounds to give to Lebron who was very ineffective and countered regularly by the sharp Thai teenager.
(Image courtesy of thairec.com)
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