‘I Was Never Gonna Win On Her Card’: Judge In Fox-Maestre Fight Discovered To Have Racist Tweets
The World Boxing Association (WBA) has been under fire since Gabriel Maestre’s win over Mykal Fox for the interim welterweight title and, after calls for an investigation, controversial past tweets from a judge in the bout have surfaced.
Gloria Martinez Rizzo scored Saturday’s fight 117-110 in favor for Maestre, which was the largest score gap among the three judges; John Mariano scored 115-112 and David Singh had 114-113. BoxingScene’s Corey Erdman compiled a thread of past tweets that reflects racist remarks, posing a conflict of interest in the Maestre-Fox bout.
THREAD: Here is a selection of racist tweets from Gloria Martinez Rizzo, the judge who scored tonight’s fight between Gabriel Maestre and Mykal Fox 117-110 for Maestre.
She also seems to have a physical attraction to Trump, and disputed election results before joining Parler. pic.twitter.com/JwvGbYBkbF
— Corey Erdman (@corey_erdman) August 8, 2021
Among the tweets discovered, Rizzo referred to former First Lady Michelle Obama as a “monkey face” and told NBA superstar LeBron James to “go back to the stable.”
Both Obama and James are Black Americans, and so is Fox.
Critics of Maestre’s win quickly took to social media and called out the outcome including promoter Lou DiBella who called boxing “corrupt” with a “disgusted” and “rigged” system.
Despite all three judges leaning in favor of Maestre, a decorated amateur and two-time Venezuelan Olympian, CompuBox showed Fox landed 157 punches to Maestre’s 131. The boxer was also sent down to the canvas in the second round by Fox.
“Wow, I was never gonna win on her card,” Fox responded to Erdman’s findings.
Martinez Rizzo has since deleted her Twitter account.
On Monday, WBA President Gilberto Mendoza responded to the backlash and said he’d “immediately” order review of the fight.