Yesterday we saw Shinsuke Yamanka (24-0-2, 17) successfully defend the WBC Bantamweight title with a narrow win over Anselmo Moreno (35-4-1, 12). The decision has been criticised with many fans, who hadn't viewed Yamanaka before, slating him and his resume, despite the fact it includes numerous wins over former world champions.
Following yesterday's bout the scorecards were made public.
The judges, Oren Shellenberger, David Sutherland and Mauro Di Fiore were all neutral judges from the US and they agreed on just 6 rounds-
round 3 to Yamanaka
round 6 to Moreno
round 8 to Moreno
round 9 to Moreno
round 10 to Yamanaka
and round 12 to Yamanaka
In terms of "undisputed rounds" each man got 3.
In the other rounds two of the judges gave Yamanaka rounds 1, 2, 5 and 11 whilst Moreno won rounds 4, and 7 .
Essentially the cards had Yamanaka sweeping the final 3 rounds to take the win, with only one judge bucking that trend giving round 11 to Moreno. Had the referee not botched a call on a knockdown that round would have been a 10-8 round to Moreno, which would have secured him the unanimous decision win.
Interesting the judges seemed to go with the aggressor in most rounds and the man pushing the action got more credit than the other. This was perhaps the key in understanding why the judges scored things the way they did, favouring some ineffective aggression from Yamanaka at times over the smarter punching of Moreno.
(Image courtesy of boxrec.com)
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