INSTANT REPLAY SAVES WBC SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPION LEO SANTA CRUZ
By Ronnie Nathanielsz
Thu, 22 Jan 2015
The Instant Replay which has been used by the World Boxing Council in a move which helps take advantage of modern technology to ensure that justice prevails in boxing, saved WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz in is title defense against Jesus Ruiz last Saturday.
Santa Cruz was leading by a shutout in the scorecards of all three judges before he suffered a cut in round seven.
Referee Kenny Bayless, considered one of the best referees in the world said the cut was caused by a legal punch as he apparently didn’t see any head-butt.
However, the television replay in-between rounds showed that the cut was caused by an accidental head-butt.
The WBC noted that “had the fight been stopped the result would have been a TKO win for Ruiz instead of a technical decision for Santa Cruz” who ultimately battered Ruiz to win by an 8th round TKO.
In a statement the WBC headed by president Mauricio Sulaiman said “the WBC wishes to encourage all boxing jurisdictions to implement the use of instant replay to prevent unjust results and to make certain justice prevails.”
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