Ian John-Lewis Accuses British Board Of Control For Discrimination, Seeks Legal Action
John-Lewis was demoted following the controversial Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall fight.
Veteran British referee Ian John-Lewis has registered a complaint against the British Board of Boxing Control (BBofC), according to the reports from Daily Mail.
The Britisher was famously the judge of the undisputed title match between Josh Taylor and Jack Catterall, where he received heavy criticism and was subsequently demoted.
The 60-year-old was one of the three judges in the title bout between Taylor and Catterall, with the Scottish boxer reclaiming the belt through a split decision. It is considered to be one of the most controversial moments in boxing history.
According to the reports from the Mail, the 60-year-old has accused BBofC for treating him like a scapegoat.
The same report says that John-Lewis isn’t the only veteran British referee going after BBofC. Jeff Hinds is also filing the complaint against this authority, which involves reports related to defamation.
The entire fanbase was stunned over the scorecards submitted for the Taylor-Catterall clash. The result was shocking because the scores came in response to the two referees who had Taylor winning like John-Lewis and Victor Loughlin. Loughlin submitted a 113-112 scoreline whereas John-Lewis had it 114-111. The third referee, Howard Foster, had a 113-112 scoreline in favor of Catterall.
The Mail believes John-Lewis was annoyed at the fact that he was the only referee suffering from repercussions by the hierarchy and the public.