What was the worst decision in boxing in 2013?
It wasn’t even close. Hard-bitten longtime pro “Sugar” Rey Beltran had overcome tons just to get to a title fight and appeared to be a landslide winner over gutsy defending WBO Lightweight Champion Ricky Burns in Glasgow, Scotland on September 7. Then came the reading of the cards--an unconscionable split draw that allowed Burns to keep his title.
Burns won the first two rounds perhaps, then spent much of the rest of the fight just trying to brave his way through to the end. Kudos go the strong-willed Scot for soldiering through almost ten rounds with a broken jaw that later led to the insertion of a metal plate. But valor is not a standard upon which rounds are scored. And how one judge, Carlos Ortiz, Jr, gave Burns 7 rounds is a mystery for the ages. Richard Davies wasn’t much better at 114-114 and the cumbersomely-named Andre Van Grootenbruel was the only one who had it right at 115-113 Beltran and even that card stinks.
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