The scorecards read 16-112, 115-113, 115-113 in a bout that could have gone either way. It is not surprising, then, that fellow boxing experts been very vocal about the decision.
Even Top Rank’s Bob Arum did not hide his feelings towards the decision making it clear that Lomachenko should have been crowned undisputed. With that being said, David Moretti’s scorecard of 116-112 came under heavy scrutiny.
His appointment had been questioned by Lomachenko’s manager, Egis Klimas, while Moretti had faced criticism just last month when he refused to give Gervonta Davis the second round even when he had knocked down Ryan Garcia.
Instead, Moretti scored it 10-10. With that being said, Moretti’s scoring came under fire.
“Moretti gave nine and ten to Haney. Haney got assaulted in rounds nine, ten, and eleven. It was literally an assault. In the 11th, he almost got stopped. This guy is giving rounds to Haney. It’s mind-boggling.
“You got to stop making excuses for these people. They’re scumbags, and they do it over and over again. One of these days, somebody is going to beat the s**t out of one of these officials,” Paulie Malignaggi said.
“Other than that one card [116-112], I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the other cards, and I think neither one of them deserved to lose,” Lou DiBella stated.
“Honestly, I had Loma by two points. 112-116, what s**t was that? It was stupid, but that’s what we see right now in boxing,” Jorge Linares revealed.
Given the reaction that has emerged, Lomachenko’s manager has admitted that there are plans in place in order to get the decision overturned.
This would involve bringing in the Nevada State Athletic Commission, but the chances of a successful outcome appear slim.
“I was the first protest to have Dave Moretti as a judge, and the commission said, ‘He is one of my best judges,’ and that proved again today.
“This is the biggest robbery in the middle of the day. For the other team, Christmas came in the summer, and we’re not going to let it go. I guarantee that we’re going to protest. I guarantee we’re going to appeal that decision,” Klimas said.
“I can live with the two scores I guess, but not the 116-112. Someone told me that Dave Moretti gave 10th round to Haney, if that’s true he should be brought in front of commission to explain.
“If Nevada Commission doesn’t call Moretti in and make him explain giving 10th to Haney, then we should start petition to disband them,” Teddy Atlas stated.