Another Black Eye For Texas Boxing

This past Saturday two former world champs battled to rejuvenate their careers and put themselves in position for another world title fight. Devon Alexander and Victor Ortz put on an incredible show of warfare for the sold out and the nationally televised spectators. A few things were quite obvious it was a hugely entertaining, fan-friendly fight, Devon Alexander was boxing beautifully and clearly out landed and outboxed the rugged Ortiz. After the 12th round, it looked like Alexander The Great was back! I was working on a write up of how Devon deserves a Porter rematch. Showtime is calling out everyone, let him lock up with Devon. Devon had battled all of his personal demons, overcame those and put together a beautiful performance and dominated a former world champ in front of a packed Texas Crowd in El Paso… And then… Texas things happened in Texas. None of the three judges scored it for Alexander, one scored it for Ortiz and the other two scored it even resulting in a majority draw. At 3DBoxing we scored it 118-110 for Alexander ESPN scored it 118-110 for Alexander and Robert Guerrero scored it 116-112 Alexander for Fox on the live telecast. Former Trainer of The Year Virgil Ortiz said “It’s quite obvious to any trained eye that Devon Alexander won the fight. Not taking anything away from Victor Ortiz’s effort, he gave a gallant effort,”

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Horrible, totally bogus decisions are all too common in Texas. Some of the worst decisions in recent boxing history have taken place in the Lone Star State. We here at 3DBoxing are a Texas-based publication. We love Texas and wear Texas on our sleeve, that being said we call a spade a spade and recognize the corruption in the states boxing commission is a major problem. Everyone associated with the sport on any level knows that that favorite fighter, whether it be a local Texas fighter or a beloved Mexican or Mexican American fighter he is going to get very generous treatment. Just look at some of the scorecards our state has produced:

Paulie Ayala (Fort Worth native) UD Johnny Tapia a decision so bad that chaos ensued after the fight, Tapia’s brother-in-law punched Todd DuBoef (promoter Bob Arum’s stepson) of Top Rank in the mouth.and was led away in handcuffs.

Alamodome 2012-02-04: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr 159½ lbs beat Marco Antonio Rubio 159 lbs by UD in round 12 of 12

Alamodome 1993-09-10: Pernell Whitaker 145 lbs drew with Julio Cesar Chavez 142 lbs by MD in round 12 of 12. A fight than people just give credit to Sweat Pea for winning and still is considered the worst decision in recent major boxing history

Toyota Center, Houston 2009-08-22 Juan Diaz(Houston native) UD Paul Malignaggi. Texas judge Gale Van Hoy turns in perhaps the worse scorecard in history 118-110 in favor of Diaz

Then there was the James Kirkland (Austin native) win over Carlos Molina via disqualification, at Reliant Arena in Houston a fight that Molina had won about every single round except for the 10th when Molina was floored at the bell and in confusion thinking the round was over Molina’s corner jumped onto the apron leading referee Jon Schorle to DQ Molina instantly saying he “had to do he had no other choice.” Really? What was even more shocking was when the scorecards were released ol’ Gale Van Hoy had Kirkland winning the fight, he had lost every round.

Speaking of incompetent referring, Laurence Cole, who is widely considered the worst most corrupt judge in our sport was the third man in the ring for the Juan Manuel Marquez title defense against Jimrex Jaca in the Dodge Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. Marquez suffered a cut and when he was taken to the corner to visit the doctor, Cole assured Marquez that he was ahead on points! Laurence Cole is son of Dickie Cole who was the head of the Texas Boxing Commission

 

The horrible officiating and scorecards are just the beginning of the corruption that runs ramped through Texas boxing. Texas, boxing authorities accepted more than a dozen medical reports with the signatures of fictitious doctors from the mid-1990s through 2002. Even after the fraud was discovered, state officials neither disciplined those involved nor did they at least tell other states, where some boxers would receive licenses to box. Raymundo Ybarra, an El Paso man with a two-year associate’s degree in respiratory therapy, began signing fictitious doctors names on forms in the mid-1990s. Signing off on brain scans, blood work, eye exams, heart tests and general physicals for a boxer. Ybarra used at least 15 fake names to allow boxers to fight, primarily in Texas. Texas officials first checked the validity of those documents in 2002 and discovered the fraud. By then dozens of boxers fought in Texas with the improper medical forms that Ybarra had submitted, according to records and interviews.

 

Then there’s the peculiar story of Antonio Margarito, a former world champ that was suspended by the California state athletic commission for putting a plaster of Paris type substance in his hand wraps. He was then denied his license … because ya know he should be in jail for his actions. Who came up and granted Margarito his license to resume his career? You guessed it the Republic of Texas. Jerry Jones met with the commission and wanted to land a mega event between Antonio Margarito and PPV sensation and international superstar Manny Pacquiao in the DFW area at his venue then named Cowboy Stadium. Dickie Laurence agreed. Margarito was licensed and the fight went on and with who as the ref? Cole’s son Laurence Cole. It is no secret that Texas has very loose standards in the licensing of boxers. In 2007, after being denied a license in other states for failing an HIV/AIDS test, Texas granted Tommy Morrison a license. Edwin Valero who had been denied a license to fight in the US since 1994 due to medical issues stemming from an irregular brain scan, was granted a license to fight in Texas in March of 2008. Heavyweight contender Joe Mesi also had a license suspended in Nevada because of a brain bleed. Mesi allowed his Nevada license to expire, leaving him with the status of being unlicensed altogether. He and his legal team argued since Mesi no longer had a license in Nevada, there was no license for Nevada to suspend. Mesi could only apply for a license in one state. Since the other major boxing venues like New York, New Jersey, California and Connecticut uphold the highest standards of licensing, Mesi would never be granted a license by these states. So he did the only logical thing. Joe Mesi applied for and was granted a license in Texas.

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If there is anything Texas loves its Texas. Texans take care of Texans. Davy Crocket famously said “You can go to hell and I will go To Texas” Texas is the best state in the country and it should be the best place for professional boxing. With major cities like Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, and San Antonio, plus many smaller cities with great boxing venues and avid fight fans like El Paso, Laredo, and Corpus Christi. It’s a statewide boxing hotbed. There’s no state income tax in Texas, which makes it an attractive destination for fighters and promoters. The fan base in the state is huge. It’s not a stereotype or secret that the Mexican population has a deep love for the sweet science. Texas and Mexico share 1,254 miles of border, there is a huge Mexican population in Texas. Texas also has a thriving lot of world-class fighters and up and coming talent, such as the Charlo Twins, Errol Spence and Omar Figueroa. Who would all love to have homecoming fights in their state, but with the corruption and favoritism why would any reasonable B side or out of town fighter want to come here to fight a hometown favorite?

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