Dereck Chisora criticises standard of judging in British boxing after Eddie Hearn blasted ‘absolutely disgusting’ scoring at Matchroom Boxing event
Dereck Chisora has criticised the standard of officiating in British boxing after Eddie Hearn blasted the ‘absolutely disgusting’ scorecards at his own show last weekend.
The Matchroom Boxing chief was left flabbergasted when Zelfa Barrett, who is under his promotional banner, scored a controversial victory over the experienced Kiko Martinez.
Hearn was left outraged at one of the judges who scored the bout 118-111 in Barrett’s favour, suggesting foreign fighters would be perturbed from coming over to the UK for fear of getting a rough ride.
And Chisora, who is also promoted by Hearn and Matchroom Boxing, fears the standard of officiating in Britain is well below par.
“I think boxing has changed man,” he said on talkSPORT’s Fight Night. “You know, as fighters we fight and we train hard.
“But when guys wake up and go from their house and go to the side of the ring and wear their glasses and have a cup of tea.
“Then they start judging when these guys are going at it, toe-to-toe. And then they give those kind of shambles scorecards?
“That is bad.”
The grizzled veteran is currently waiting for his next opponent after suffering defeat in his last bout against Oleksandr Usyk on Halloween.
The 37-year-old enjoyed moments of success against the elusive Ukrainian during the bout, who looks set to face Joe Joyce for the interim WBO heavyweight world title after claiming a decision win.
Joyce and Usyk met as amateurs in the World Series of Boxing back in 2013, with the former cruiserweight world champion claiming a lopsided decision win thanks to his superior speed and footwork.
And Chisora feels as though it will be a case of ‘repeat’ rather than ‘revenge’ in the paid ranks.
He continued: “He knows that if he blindsides you, he is going to turn you around and start hitting you hard.
“He’s going to jump on you and chuck loads of punches, basically. They don’t hurt, those punches, but they are scoring points. He will win that.”