Kambosos won the IBF lightweight title eliminator in a majority decision, despite Hughes’ success throughout the fight.
The Brit landed the cleaner shots, as his southpaw stance caught the Australian off-guard. So much that Kambosos suffered a cut above the right eye in the fifth-round following the sustained pressure.
However, when it came to the judges, they saw things differently. The scorecards read as follows: 114-114, 117-111, 115-113.
The 117-111 scorecard by judge Josef Mason raised a lot of controversy, with Shakur Stevenson coming out to claim that Hughes had been ‘robbed.’
David Moretti’s scorecard of 116-112 for Haney was heavily questioned, with even Teddy Atlas demanding that he explain his scoring to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
And this lack of accountability is something that Bradley was frustrated with.
“We can’t ask the judge how he judged the fight or why he did it that way, when it was clearly Maxi Hughes’ fight. That’s the biggest issue in boxing. Another dang bad decision.
“And now Maxi Hughes is going home beltless. Think about this – he’s the [IBO] champion. He came over here to face George Kambosos, dominates him. Think about that.
“Now he’s leaving, going home. … Think about how long it took him to get this position and how long it’s gonna take him to get the position again. This can’t continue to happen, man,” Bradley