Dennis Hogan & Team File Protest to WBO
Dennis Hogan and his team have filed a protest to the WBO in regards to his controversial loss to WBO Super Welterweight Champion Jaime Munguia last weekend.
As reported by Yahoo, the protest comes over three matters: the controversial scoring by the judges, no post-fight drug testing occurring and conditions in Hogan’s corner.
Most boxing media outlets scored the fight in favor of Hogan, and a poll by DAZN, which broadcasted the fight, found over half of voters believe Hogan was the winner.
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The judges, however, scored the bout a majority decision in Munguia’s favor.
Judge Richard Levine scored it 114-114, judge Rocky Young had it 115-113 for Munguia and, most controversial of all, judge Waleska Roldan scored the fight 116-112 for the defending champ.
Perhaps a bigger controversy than the scoring, however, is that no post-fight drug testing was reportedly conducted, as confirmed by WBO President Paco Valcarcel.
Valcarcel expressed disappointment in there being no post-fight testing but it ultimately wouldn’t hold the cards for a rematch as the debated scores would.
“There was supposed to be testing. But the lab didn’t show up,” Valcarcel said. “We have to presume the guy [Munguia] was clean. He has no history of any issues. The testing should have been done, but the lab didn’t show up, so there was nothing that could be done.”
Hogan and his team’s protest also state chairs and stools were provided for Munguia’s corner but not theirs, and the team wasn’t allowed full access to the ring apron like Munguia’s.
“How can there be no drug testing after a world title fight?” Hogan said. “This is 2019. I was waiting in the dressing room for one hour after the fight for the commission to come and check me and nobody turned up. This only adds more questions to what took place on Saturday night. Why is the promoter standing right behind a WBO supervisor during the fight and communicating with the corner? [Fight promoter] Fernando Beltran offered me the rematch immediately. He said I deserve it. I want my rematch. I won that title.”
Eric Gomez, president of Golden Boy Promotions, who co-promotes Munguia, claims to have been surprised there was no post-fight drug testing.
“It was news to me,” Gomez said. “Everything with the drug testing was organized through the commission. The WBO had a supervisor there [Geno Rodriguez] and I don’t know who it was, but someone dropped the ball.”
Original Story: Yahoo Sports