Executive member of the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) Alhaji Toufik Muritala has described the split decision loss by lightweight boxer Richard Oblitey Commey as a daylight robbery and a disgrace to the sport.
The 29-year-old Ghanaian lost the vacant IBF lightweight title via a 2-1 split decision last Friday to American challenger Robert Easter Jr. in Reading, Pennsylvania.
The defeat ended Commey’s unbeaten run which drops to 24-1, 22 KOs.
Alhaji Toufik believes the decision was not fair and does not represent the true reflection of what transpired on the night.
“Commey was totally robbed, he knocked down his opponent in round eight which referee Benjy Esteves ruled for the Ghanaian, and that technically meant Easter Jr. lost two rounds, so how on earth would the judges score the bout the way they did?”
The Ambition Boxing Promotions Syndicate boss in a chat with the Times Sports said Commey on the evening landed the bigger shots and clearly won many of the rounds to pull a win but was denied by the outrageous judgment.
According to him, there were a lot of issues and a delay before the final verdict was announced and as ‘I watched the delay, I knew things were going to go wrong for Commey.’
“The organisers had everything in place to rob Commey and they executed that to the latter. Easter Jr. is a fighter from the camp of Floyd Mayweather and also a boxer of the promoter of the fight, so I was not surprised the decision went that way.’
He said the time has come for the boxing sanctioning bodies to stand on their feet and do away with judges who try to bring the game of boxing into disrepute.
Alhaji Toufik noted that he fell in love with the aggressive nature of Commey throughout the fight, pushing Easter Jr. to the ropes and catching him often with his big right hands but his opponent was always able to survive on the ropes and by consistently wrapping him up.
He, however, noted that it is for some of these boxing reasons that he totally agrees with boxing legend, Azumah Nelson’s assertion that “you always have to carry your own judge into the ring, adding that this fight is a lesson to all Ghanaian boxers who may go outside to fight.
“I spoke to the boxer after the fight and rightly, he was very much disappointed and bitter about the result, stating that he wants to be a world champion for Ghana and even if his opponent don’t fight him again, he would strive hard, keep improving and return to the stage again to win a world title.”
By Raymond Ackumey