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Controversy Surrounds Official Scorecard of Kambosos-Hughes Fight

While George Kambosos Jr. may stand firm in his conviction that he conclusively emerged victorious in his bout against Maxi Hughes, many spectators vehemently contest this viewpoint. Despite Kambosos achieving a majority decision triumph over Hughes, significant doubts remain regarding the integrity of the judges' verdicts.

George Kambosos Jr. celebrating his victory over Maxi Hughes
George Kambosos Jr. celebrating his victory over Maxi Hughes

David Sutherland's evenly divided 114-114 scorecard has been met with suspicion, and Gerald Ritter's 115-113 card and Josef Mason's highly favourable 117-111 card for Kambosos, have been deemed even more contentious.

In Kambosos' history in the ring, he has frequently been involved in neck-and-neck decisions, typically with at least one judge not tipping the scales in his favor. This time around, however, one judge delivered a decidedly lopsided victory in his favor.

The contentious scorecard from the George Kambosos Jr vs Maxi Hughes fight
The contentious scorecard from the George Kambosos Jr vs Maxi Hughes fight

Despite Mason's tenure as a judge, his lack of exposure to high-stakes bouts is noteworthy. His main assignments have been in his native Colorado, a region not particularly recognized for its vibrant boxing culture.

Maxi Hughes had the opportunity to secure a life-altering triumph, mirroring Kambosos' victory over Teofimo Lopez in 2020. Regrettably, despite his own conviction that he should have been declared the winner, the official decision favored Kambosos.

Kambosos' victory in this bout ensures him an IBF eliminator victory, putting him in line for a potential world title opportunity, regardless of whether it is vacant or not. Yet, the disputed scoring of this fight underscores the pressing need for more rigorous regulation and accountability in the boxing arena.

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