The OVO Hydro in Glasgow became the site of the most controversial boxing match in recent memory on Saturday when Josh Taylor was given a gift decision on the scorecards against Jack Catterall, despite being outboxed for most of the night.
Catterall put in an astonishing shift north of the border and simply couldn’t have done any more to win the fight, but rulings of 113-112 in favour of the Englishman, and 114-111 and 113-112 in favour of Taylor, saw the Tartan Tornado retain his undisputed status at super-lightweight, and leave Catterall heartbroken as he ventured back home to Chorley.
The boxing community has been pretty much unanimous in its condemnation of the result and Peter Fury, who trains Hughie Fury, his son, and Savannah Marshall, is the latest to blast last weekend’s sour scoring. The trainer, who is also uncle to lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, insists that the judges responsible for the decision in Scotland should be fired.
“How do they score fights like that?,” Fury told the Betfred Lightweight Boxing Show. “It was a complete robbery. And listen, you judges watching, you need the sack, mate.
“I'd sack you on the spot if I was in control. You'd be sacked immediately because you don't know your job. That's it, let's be open about it. If you want to say you've made the right decision, you ain't made the right decision. You're cheating fighters that have trained all their life.
“So if you're an ex-boxer and you've been in there, why are you doing that? There's no respect. You got no respect. You don't give respect. You don't get it.
“I just got to say what's on my mind. You know, I've had it done to me. I've had it done to me lad [Hughie]. I just don't like it. It's wrong.”
Speaking of Hughie, Peter says he expects the heavyweight contender to be back in action in spring, with Luis Ortiz, Dereck Chisora and Robert Helenius all being mooted as potential opponents for the 27-year-old.
“We’re looking at mid to the end of April for Hughie. We’re just tying down opponents but we’re looking at all kinds of good opponents: Luis Ortiz, we’re trying to get him at the minute, Chisora, he’s asking for fortunes, so obviously he don’t want it. We’ve got Helenius - the WBA have just announced something there, so we’ll look at that.
“Nothing’s tied down at the minute but Hughie’s going to be in a good fight and the type of names I’ve been mentioning, he’s not after walkovers, he’s after good fights. To be honest, Luis Ortiz is at the top of our list because I rate him above the others I’ve mentioned. So I’d rather Hughie fought Luis Ortiz to show the public where he is.”