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Disputed Decisions of the Past Are Well Remembered! ⋆ Boxing News 24
June 30, 2021
By Ken Hissner: On November thirtieth, 1976, this author encountered the worst determination I’ve ever attended. Puerto Rico’s WBC World Tremendous Featherweight champion Alfredo “Petro” Escalera got here to Philadelphia’s Spectrum constructing earlier than an indoor record-breaking crowd of 16,019, per promoter J Russell Peltz of Peltz Boxing.
Escalera, 36-7-2, was defending his title for the seventh time towards Philadelphia’s southpaw Tyrone “The Imply Machine” Everett, 34-0. The judges have been stacked in favor of the champion with voting referee Mexico’s Ray Solis, Puerto Rico’s Ismael Wiso Fernandez, with Pennsylvania’s Lou Tress.
I wasn’t writing on the time however bear in mind on the finish having Everett up 13-2 in rounds, dropping these two rounds because of an unintentional conflict of heads inflicting a minimize on Everett’s brow bleeding down between his eyes.
Boxing choose Harold Lederman referred to as the choice essentially the most controversial and added “possibly historical past’s worst determination” in writer Burt Sugar and Teddy Atlas’s 2010 guide “The Final Ebook of Boxing.”
Ultimately, with Everett dazzling Escalera, the scores have been introduced with Solis 148-146 for Escalera, 146-143 for Everett by Fernandez, and Tress with a 145-143 for Escalera. Tress would by no means choose one other combat after this.
He in all probability acquired sufficient of a payoff to retire. A yr and a half after the combat, Escalera was shot to dying at age 24 after posting a pair of wins. On the time, a rematch was to be in July of 1977.
Each acquired cuts within the third spherical. Within the fourth, Everett opened up the minimize that Escalera acquired within the earlier spherical. Everett landed a counter left, opening up a second minimize, this one below the one over the attention of Escalera. By the tip of the spherical, each have been bleeding. Everett had famed Philly cutman Eddie Aliano in his nook. Referee Solis, between rounds, solely inspected the nook of Everett.
Everett continued to make use of the total ring sticking his jab within the face of Escalera and transferring away, having Escalera strolling into counter punches. That is the way in which it went your entire combat. Escalera was warned for the second time for utilizing his head by referee Solis within the eighth spherical. Escalera was lacking greater than connecting. As late because the twelfth spherical, Everett rocked Escalera.
Within the thirteenth spherical, the minimize was attributable to a conflict of heads when Escalera got here out of a crouch bringing his head up into the brow of Everett. Everett was nonetheless scoring properly within the spherical. The ring doctor was referred to as in by the referee between rounds. After the fourteenth spherical in reviewing this bout on movie, it was introduced by a commentator two of the native reporters had Everett forward by a large margin.
Within the fifteenth and last spherical, Everett opened up one other minimize over the left eye of Escalera. A determined Escalera was lacking with extensive punches whereas getting his head knocked again by an Everett jab early within the spherical. Because the bell sounded and the followers have been awaiting the choice, Everett’s brother Mike entered the ring although scheduled within the subsequent bout. Announcer Darian learn off the 2 votes for Escalera first. The followers booed for a number of minutes.
One other time I bear in mind once I had lunch with legendary supervisor Jim Jacobs in New York, and he stated of all of the combat movies in his assortment, he had Philadelphia’s Harold Johnson dropping his title to Willie Pastrano in June of 1963 by cut up determination in Las Vegas, Nevada.
One’s that stand out to me have been the primary Floyd “Cash” Mayweather, Jr., and Mexico’s WBC Light-weight champion Jose “El Horrible” Luis Castillo in April of 2002. It was shut sufficient there was a rematch eight months later with the choice once more in favor of Mayweather. The scoring was nearer than of their first match.
One other controversial determination was Andre “S.O.G. being “given” the win over WBA, WBO, and IBO gentle heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, with all three judges scoring it 114-113 for Ward.
Seven months later, a rematch had the combat 2-1 in Ward’s favor when he went to the physique of Kovalev, stopping him within the eighth spherical. Ward would retire after this bout.
It looks like one other champion in Lennox “The Lion” Lewis, who would retire after a combat with future champion Vitali “Dr. Ironfist” Klitschko, who couldn’t come out for the seventh spherical because of a minimize.
He was forward 58-56 on all three playing cards on the time. Lewis was not taken with a rematch.
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