Vasiliy Lomachenko’s Manager Criticizes Judge Julie Lederman
The manager of Vasiliy Lomachenko isn’t pleased with Julie Lederman’s score total in the Teofimo Lopez bout.
Lederman was one of three judges scoring Lomachenko vs. Lopez on October 17. Lopez won the bout via unanimous decision and while the general consensus is that the right boxer won the fight, Lederman’s scorecard has been called into question.
Lomachenko’s manager, Egis Klimas, made his stance on Lederman’s scorecard clear (via ESPN).
“Does she need to be suspended for life from judging boxing matches? That’s my question.”
The executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Bob Bennett, took no issue with Lederman’s score total.
“Those judges are based strictly on performance. If you look at the criteria, or the different fights those judges have judged since the pandemic, you will find out that they have performed exceptionally well within the closed system of events.
“The fact that Julie Lederman comes from the same state as Teofimo is not an acceptable reason to disqualify her. … We have no vested interests in who wins whatsoever.”
Lomachenko is currently sidelined as he’s recovering from shoulder surgery. He isn’t expected to resume boxing activities until the end of January 2021. The issue with “Loma’s” shoulder was a bruised rotator cuff and chipped cartilage.
There wasn’t a rematch clause in place for Lopez vs. Lomachenko. Lopez has said he feels a rematch is unnecessary. Top Rank Boxing’s Bob Arum said he will present the financial upside to both teams of Lopez and Lomachenko but he won’t force it to happen.