Brandon Rios vs. Richard Abril, James Kirkland vs. Carlos Molina.
Boxing has been hit by two controversies, three weeks apart. Both speak to the same issues and spotlight the same questionable areas of the sport -- from the quality of the judging/officiating to the overall aptitude of the fighters.
On March 24, Carlos Molina tied up and confused James Kirkland, seemingly en route to a solid points victory. However, a confused Molina corner man would get his guy disqualified for entering the ring before the 10th round's official end. Referee Jon Scorle could've looked the other way, especially considering the confusion that sprang up after Molina was knocked down at the end of the 10th, but he didn't.
Then, just this last Saturday, Richard Abril soundly handled a befuddled Brandon Rios and seemed on his way to a major upset until the judges' scorecards were read. Abril would have to settle for a split decision loss and whatever street cred that comes along with a sanctioned robber...