Published: 14:00 | 11/6/17

Judge of Burnett fight won't officiate again in UK

The judge who wrongly marked his card in Ryan Burnett’s victory over Lee Haskins in their IBF bantamweight title fight on Saturday night will never officiate again in the UK according to a top British boxing administrator.

British Boxing Board of Control general secretary Robert Smith was ringside at the fight in Belfast as Burnett clearly downed Haskins. However, the result was thrown into doubt when the scorecards were revealed as Clark Sammartino gave the fight to Haskins 118-108 despite Burnett recording two knock-downs.

Promotor Eddie Hearn claimed that Sammartino had confused the two boxers throughout the fight, and the BBBC’s Smith said: “I've certainly made my thoughts felt to the supervisor of the IBF, who is in agreement with me.

“I can tell you one thing - [Sammartino] will not be coming back to this country, and I will make sure the IBF are told of that.
“There's only one winner tonight, and I think Mr Sammartino and Mr Haskins will understand that. It's just disappointing. It was a good fight and this has kind of ruined it a little bit.”

Hearn commented: “Apparently the judge asked one of the photographers, ‘Which one's Lee Haskins?’ and the photographer said, ‘In the red corner’. I think he asked him a couple of times, and I presume he thought, ‘The red shorts’.

"But frightening, frightening that your future can be put in the hands of someone like that. I don't mean to be disrespectful because he's an old gentleman and I'm sure he's judged many fights, but that could have gone horribly wrong.

“He scored two 10-8 rounds to Haskins. His scorecard was excellent: it was just the wrong way around. He's 80-odd; I've never seen anything like it. I presume the split decision will be revoked. It'll be a unanimous decision, it must be.”

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