Judge scored wrong boxers in Burnett’s world title win over Haskins, responds IBF

Lee Haskins was knocked down twice in Saturdays world bantamweight name defence in Belfast but was given a loss by split decision subsequentlies thanks to an error by the American judge Clark Sammartino

Ryan Burnetts split decision win over the Briton Lee Haskins for the world bantamweight entitle in Belfast on Saturday was scored incorrectly and should have been an unanimous winning, the International Boxing Federation( IBF) has confirmed.

The Northern Irishman knocked down protecting endorse Haskins in the sixth and 11 th rounds with two of the three judges siding him favourable scorecards of 119107, but there was widespread incredulity when the last evaluate, the American Clark Sammartino, tallied him losing 118 -1 08.

Burnetts promoter, Eddie Hearn, had already called for an investigation into the decision and the IBF has now announced that Sammartino had made an error.

On Saturday, the IBF bantamweight bout between Lee Haskins and Ryan Burnett held at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Ireland, was regulated a split decision succes for Burnett as a result of a mistake with the scorecards, the IBF said in a statement.

Due to this error the bout was declared a divide decision when it should have been governed a unanimous decision in favour of Burnett. An misstep of this sort and at this grade of the play should not have occurred. The IBF remains committed to recommending prepared and reliable officials to work its sanctioned bouts, and is amply intent on dissuading different situations such as this one from appearing again.

After the fight, Hearn read: Thankfully we got the decision, but when we looked at the scorecards we realised that the judge in question[ Sammartino] is really tallied the fight the wrong way round.

We knew this by the 10 -8 rounds and fortunately we had those 10 -8 rounds, because otherwise there is no such thing as necessarily a method of telling. He tallied the two 10 -8 rounds to the person “whove been” knocked down, so again quite amusing at the time, because we got the winning, but[ its] actually very serious.

The British Boxing Board of Controls general secretary, Robert Smith, was at the fight and represented his views clear afterwards. Ive surely saw my dreams felt to the administrator of the IBF, who is in agreement with me, he told Sky Sports. I can tell you one thing[ Sammartino] will not be coming back to this country, and I will make sure the IBF are told of that.

Theres simply one win tonight, and I fantasize Mr Sammartino and Mr Haskins will understand that. Its only disappointing. It was a good engage and this has kind of ruined everything a little bit.

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