WBO Objected British Boxing Board Of Control Appointment Of Two Judges For Josh Taylor-Jack Catterall Fight
New details have emerged amidst the ongoing investigation of the highly criticized Josh Taylor-Jack Catterall championship fight.
Taylor retained his undisputed light welterweight titles with scorecards of judges Victor Loughlin 113-112 and Ian John-Lewis 114-11. Judge Howard Foster scored the fight 113-112 in favor of Catterall.
The WBO, who ordered the fight, objected to the appointment of Loughlin and John-Lewis, neither of them are WBO-certified, Boxing Scene reported.
The objection was allegedly addressed with the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) — who is doing the investigating — on January 26, a day after the board’s official selections, and was addressed in the presence of all the sanctioning bodies involved with the fight, Boxing Scene added.
Taylor holds the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO titles. He gained the undisputed status after a 12-round, unanimous decision over Jose Ramirez last May.
The WBO and BBBoC have not returned calls for comment.
All three officials come from the United Kingdom. Foster and John-Lewis are both from England while Loughlin is from Barrhead, Scotland. Loughlin and referee Marcus McDonnell have worked a fight involving Catterall, who is from Chorley, Lancashire.
“I think the (three-judge) system is good at the moment. Maybe the scoring system is wrong,” BBBoC General Secretary Robert Smith said.
“We can look at that. Maybe 10-8 for a clear round, 10-9 for a close round, that’s something we’re going to be looking at. When we look at that, it’s going to be worldwide. It’s not easy. I’ve been criticized for being this or being that.
“Somebody come up with a good idea because I’ve yet to hear one.”