By Brian Webber: Shakur Stevenson vehemently disagreed with the end result of final Saturday’s twelve-round majority resolution victory for George Kambosos Jr (21-2, 10 KOs) over Maxi Hughes (26-5-2, 5 KOs), believing it was a traditional instance of a theft with the incorrect man profitable the struggle of their IBF light-weight title eliminator at Firelake Enviornment in Shawnee, Oklahoma.
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Like many followers at ringside and on social media, Shakkur made Hughes win the struggle. The judges felt otherwise, giving the A facet struggle Kambosos by the scores 114-114, 117-111 and 115-113.
Hughes made Kambosos look actually unhealthy, like a second-tier fighter, with how simply he beat him. It is unclear what the three Oklahoma judges have been considering once they compiled their rating, however the world disagrees with them.
Hughe hit Kambosos with a left hand to the physique and head all night time and made him miss. Only some laps have been tight and Kamboso solely appeared to win one lap. It was an entire masterclass, and anybody with their eyes large open might see it.
When Shakur was requested if he wish to struggle Kambosos subsequent, he instantly pulled a face and stated he wasn’t .
You’ll be able to perceive why Shakur would not need to struggle Kambosos as a result of A. He can be tainted having fought a man who simply bought a controversial win. B. He can be known as a cherry picker. C. Chance that he too can be robbed.
Shakur Stevenson: “I assumed it was a steal. I assumed Maxi was boxing effectively and I assumed he was the higher fighter.
Bernard Osuna: “You have seen sufficient boxing and you’ve got been round lengthy sufficient. Whenever you get a 117-111 scorecard the opposite manner round, that is what’s actually going to dominate the headlines as an alternative of Maxi Hughes’ efficiency.
Shakur: “I feel judges must be held to increased requirements. I feel they need to concentrate on boxers, and I feel they need to do much more to be a decide. I really feel like they do not watch the fights and so they pay an excessive amount of consideration to the fights. I feel it ruins boxing.
Osuna: “I do know you have been cautious as a result of George Kambosos was talked about as a possible opponent for you, as was Vasily Lomachenko. Would you wish to struggle George Kambosos?
Shakur: “I need to struggle the very best of the very best. For now, Kambosos shouldn’t be at my degree. I need to struggle the Lomachenkos, the Devin Haneys, the Gervonta Davises. These are the fights I am searching for. For those who see me combating Kambosos, you all know I’ll cease him. That is what I really feel.
“I do not really feel like he is at that degree, but when I’ve no selection and he is the following step up, I am going to beat him too.”
Osuna: “I do know you need to struggle Devin Haney as a result of he is the undisputed light-weight champion. It appears like he bought an extension from the WBC to maneuver as much as 140lbs and do that struggle with Regis Prograis. It appears like it can occur. If that occurs, you are #1 & 2 with Vasily Lomachenko with the WBO & WBC. How would you’re feeling if Devin Haney vacated the title?
Shakur: “Let’s show it to the world. I need to present the world that I am prepared for the very best, massive canines within the division. Haney simply fought Lomachenko. If he does not need to struggle me and it is me and Lomachenko who left, I really feel like I need to placed on a efficiency the place I beat him and present the world what an amazing fighter I’m.
Osuna: “That is precisely what the world wants and what boxing needs.”
Shakur to Kambosos: “If they do not struggle me, we are able to make it occur, and I am going to arrest you.”
Kambosos: “Cease me? I don’t assume so.”
Shakur: “Hey, I’ll arrest you and beat you arduous.”
Joe Tessitor: “It was the Kambosos group making an attempt to get a struggle with Shakur Stevenson, cheering him on. Look, Shakur does not again down from anybody in relation to these sorts of trades, however you heard what he stated in regards to the degree of a struggle he needs.
“There’s a solution to get to 114-114. It’s a must to give a few of these bullets to Kambosos for making an attempt to be the aggressor. You could possibly go to 114-114. You’ll be able to’t get to 117-111, Bernardo. You cannot do this. The maths cannot get you there at 117-111,” Kambosos.
Osuna: “That is precisely why I requested Maxi Hughes if he was about it, and I requested Shakur Stevenson the identical as a result of sadly Maxi Hughes’ efficiency goes to be overshadowed by one factor, and that is the ridiculous 117-111 scorecard that at all times appears to return out each struggle.
“Left outfield, what have been you on the scoreboard as a result of even 115-113 and 114-114, you possibly can form of make a sloppy argument for that, however you possibly can’t defend 117-111. It at all times diminishes the work they do within the ring once they threat their lives.
Tessier: “That 117-111 scoreboard. It is the one which blows up boxing’s Twitter verse, the place six of (decide) Joe Mason’s final seven rounds have been scored for George Kambosos. He gave it 9 rounds.
“Would not you similar to to take a seat down with Joseph Mason as an train?” We will sit down and have a drink and a pizza collectively, and I need you to point out me the 9 towers.
Tim Bradley: “Yeah, however we will not. That is the issue. We won’t ask the decide how he judged the struggle or why he did it that manner when it was clearly Maxi Hughes’ struggle. That is boxing’s largest drawback.
“One other unhealthy resolution, and now Maxi Hughes goes dwelling with out a belt. Give it some thought. He is the champion. He got here right here to struggle George Kambosos, dominates him, and now he is going dwelling.
“Consider how lengthy it took him to get to this place and the way lengthy it can take him to get again to this place.”
Marc Kriegel: “I feel the decide ought to sit down, Joseph Mason, and sit down with a beer and a pizza with Maxi Hughes and clarify it and perhaps his spouse. In all honesty, he did one thing tonight. He shone rather a lot tonight. He simply did not get what he deserved. “