Two of the Beltway's boxing commissions are dealing with minor controversies based on bouts that took place on Saturday, March 5.
BATB has learned that the Virginia Department of Licensing and Regulations has overturned a decision during a bout between Leesburg, VA lightweight Eric "El Torito" Hernandez and Darrell Jones of Jacksonville, FL that took place at the Masonic Temple in Norfolk, VA. Hernandez suffered an eye injury that caused the bout to be stopped early in the fifth round. The bout went to the scorecards and Hernandez was initially awarded the win by technical decision. However, the Jones camp challenged that decision saying the bout should have been stopped and Jones awarded a TKO because Hernandez could not continue. The Virginia Commission changed the decision in favor of Jones.
However, the Virginia Commission reversed that decision after an appeal by the Hernandez camp and awarded the win back to Hernandez by fifth-round technical decision. Hernandez remains undefeated at 7-0, four KO's while Jones is now 3-15-1, one KO.
Meanwhile, the DC Boxing and Wrestling Commission is investigating the scores of one of the judges during the main event of the Golden Boy Promotions card at the DC Armory in Washington, DC.
According to RingTV.com's Mitch Abramson, the outcome of the bout between heavyweights Tony Thompson and Luis Ortiz is not in question as Ortiz dominated Thompson en route to a sixth-round TKO. The questions surround the scorecard of longtime DC judge Lloyd Scaife, who only had Ortiz winning by one point after the first five rounds.
Judges Tammye Jenkins and Paul Wallace had Ortiz pitching a shutout after five rounds, 50-43. However, Scaife's scorecard had Ortiz winning 48-47. Scaife scored the first round 10-9 for Ortiz despite Ortiz knocking down on Thompson in that round. Both Jenkins and Wallace scored the first 10-8 for Ortiz.
Scaife, who has been judging bouts in DC since the mid-1990's, gave the third round to Thompson 10-9 even though Ortiz knocked down Thompson in that round. Again, Jenkins and Wallace saw the third round in favor of Ortiz, 10-8. Scaife also saw the fifth round for Thompson.
Here is a look at the official scorecard:
The DC Commission, led by new chair Adam Weers, says they will make a ruling on Scaife later this week.