Philippines, 06 May 2016
  Home >> News

 
Search Boxer:
First Name
Last Name


BOXERS                         

CURRENT CHAMPIONS 

FORMER CHAMPIONS   

RATINGS                       

FIGHT SCHEDULES        

FIGHT RESULTS            

NEWS                            

HOUSE NEWS                

FORUM                          

FIGHT GALLERIES        

TRAINERS                     

MANAGERS                    

PROMOTERS                  

BOXING GYMS               

RING CARD GIRLS        


 



Dong Secuya
Web Editor

Rene Bonsubre, Jr.
Contributing Editor

Homer D. Sayson
NBA Section Editor




Ronnie Nathanielsz

Rich Mazon

Eddie Alinea

Epifanio M. Almeda

Anthony Andales

Jason Aniel

Hesiquio Balderas

Sid Bañez

Brett Bonetti

Marlon Bernardino

Winchell Campos

Socrates Celestial

T. Chin-Te

Carlos Costa

Christopher Cruz

Rob Cruz

Jonathan Davis

Dr. Ed de la Vega

Lito delos Reyes

Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Edwin G. Espejo

Dennis U. Eroa

Ron Galarpe

Joaquin Henson

Oliver Iglesias

Dionis Jacobe

Ted Lerner

Salven Lagumbay

Reylan Loberternos

Mike Angel Lopez

Salvador Lopez

Joan Secuya-Medida

Ryan Medida

Rico Navarro

Rod Mijares

Manny Pacquiao

Gerry Peñalosa

Greg R. Penilla, M.D.

Gov. Manny Piñol

Dr. Allan Recto

Hermie Rivera

Emmanuel T. Rivera

Virgi T. Romano

Nicholai R. Roska

Maloney L. Samaco

Sev Sarmenta

Reynaldo Seno

Myron Sta. Ana

Atty. Danrex Joseph V. Tapdasan

Recah Trinidad

Reni M. Valenzuela

Mark F. Villanueva




 
News  


Barthelemy Co-Promoter: What Controversy?

PhilBoxing.com


Leon Margules, co-promoter of now IBF #2 super featherweight contender Rances "Kid Blast" Barthelemy (18-0, 11 KOs) says he feels the level of controversy after Barthelemy's close, but deserved, 12-round unanimous (115-113, 116-112, 116-112) decision over Arash Usmanee on Friday night at Stage 305 in the Magic City Casino in Miami, is both surprising and unfounded.

"Some internet writers from some reputable sites have been claiming Usmanee was robbed and that this was a 'corrupt' and 'hometown' decision and to them I say: Before you try to sully the reputations of some long-time boxing people, watch it again losely without the commentary and decide for yourselves."


Margules concedes it was a close fight, but feels accusations of a hometown decision and robbery are irresponsible given Barthelemy's large early lead and the difficult-to-score nature of many of the subsequent rounds.

"You've got Usmanee doing more work, but not really being effective and you've got Rances picking his opportunities to land the harder, cleaner blows. Three experienced judges with solid reputations decided in the majority of the rounds, Rances was more effective. It's that simple. They aren't corrupt for making that call. Watch the fight again. Even if you don't agree, you can see how they could have leaned that way. It's not a travesty of justice that Rances won this fight. Far from it. In my opinion, he deserved to win."

Margules' opinion is backed by some important boxing writers with impeccable reputations.

"I had Barthelemy 7 rounds to 5," said Santos Perez, the longtime well-known long-time boxing writer for the Miami Herald. "Several of the rounds were close, but I thought Barthelemy built enough early rounds. A draw would not have been a travesty, but Usmanee winning 8 or 9 rounds, like some scored it, is quite a reach. I assume the majority believe that Usmanee won, but some media members, whose judgment I trust, also had Barthelemy winning."

Margules also got another in-ring endorsement for his man that night: Usmanee's own manager.

"Douggy Berneche, Usmanee's manager, told me he thought Rances won the fight. I came over to him after the fight to congratulate his guy on a great performance and he told me 'your guy won 8 to 4.' I said 'no, it was a close fight, let's see what happens.' In fact, I have heard that on TV you can hear Usmanee's cornermen telling him he needs a knockout before the final round, so even his team had their doubts about whether they were winning before this controversy took hold."

Margules says Team Barthelemy are not against a rematch with Usmanee down the road, but for now they're looking for the world title opportunity their man has rightfully earned in the not-so-distant future.

"Everybody settle down. What happened to Carlos Molina against James Kirkland? That was a robbery. Pacquiao vs. Bradley, that was a robbery. There were a few other high-profile fights last year you could call robberies. Barthelemy vs. Usmanee was a close fight that a majority of people there live had going my guy's way. No one in the live audience booed the decision. Seems like those who watched on television were somehow swayed into another school of thought. But regardless who you thought won, it was a very good, close fight that honestly could have gone either way."


Click here to view a list of other articles written by .


Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:

  • CANELO VS. KHAN FIGHTER UNDERCARD MEDIA WORKOUT QUOTES
    By , Fri, 06 May 2016
  • METUDA FIGHT IN RUSSIA CANCELED AFTER OPPONENT IS DEHYDRATED
    By Lito delos Reyes, Fri, 06 May 2016
  • WBO European super featherweight champion Evgeny Chuprakov defends title against undefeated Sebastian Tlatlik this Friday in Ekaterinburg, Russia
    By , Fri, 06 May 2016
  • BACK FOR ONE MORE ROUND, PROVIDENCE ICON MANFREDO JR. REFLECTS ON BALANCING LIFE IN AND OUT BOXING
    By , Fri, 06 May 2016
  • Donald Trump -- No Gracias ... WON'T Attend Canelo vs. Khan Fight
    By , Fri, 06 May 2016
  • Miesha Tate -- Best Thing About Trump ... We Both Hate Ronda! (VIDEO)
    By , Fri, 06 May 2016
  • DUNO AND ALEXEEV MAKE WEIGHT, FIGHT IN RUSSIA FOR WBO YOUTH BELT MAY 6
    By Rene Bonsubre, Jr., Thu, 05 May 2016
  • CANELO VS. KHAN FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
    By , Thu, 05 May 2016
  • Olympic gold may not be Manny’s destiny
    By Recah Trinidad, Thu, 05 May 2016
  • Arizona Boxing News & Notes With Don Smith: True Pac-Man Fan Passes, Arizona Boxing & More
    By Don Smith, Thu, 05 May 2016
  • QUOTES FROM TODAY’S SHOWTIME SPORTS/ANTHONY JOSHUA ANNOUNCEMENT & KICKOFF PRESS CONFERENCE
    By , Thu, 05 May 2016
  • Hughie Fury added to Tyson Fury-Wladimir Klitschko Card
    By , Thu, 05 May 2016
  • Confident Willis: "Gray has never faced anyone like me!"
    By , Thu, 05 May 2016
  • DONAIRE-BEDAK TITLE FIGHT PRODUCES FANTASTIC TV RATINGS
    By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Wed, 04 May 2016
  • Former world champion Kermit Cintron takes on Eduardo Flores this Friday night at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia
    By , Wed, 04 May 2016
  • FULL CARD ANNOUNCED FOR SALITA PROMOTIONS' DETROIT BRAWL AT MASONIC TEMPLE DOWNTOWN
    By , Wed, 04 May 2016
  • NBA PLAYOFFS -- ​Heat steal Game 1 with OT thriller
    By Mark Josef, Wed, 04 May 2016
  • TWO UNBEATEN FILIPINO FIGHTERS INVADE RUSSIA
    By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Wed, 04 May 2016
  • COUNTER PUNCH REPORT STOWER VS OLSEN
    By , Wed, 04 May 2016
  • Straight Rights and Straight A’s: The Joey Veazey Story
    By , Wed, 04 May 2016
  • CANELO VS. KHAN GRAND ARRIVALS QUOTES & PHOTOS
    By , Wed, 04 May 2016
  • SPORTS MEDIA CANELO-KHAN PREDICTIONS
    By , Wed, 04 May 2016
  • SABILLO NOW IN MANILA, NO PROBLEM WITH WEIGHT
    By Lito delos Reyes, Wed, 04 May 2016
  • DORONEO TO CHALLENGE RUSSIAN CHAMP
    By Lito delos Reyes, Wed, 04 May 2016


  •  




     
    PhilBoxing.com has been created to support every aspiring
    Filipino boxer and the Philippine boxing scene in general.
    Please send comments to feedback@philboxing.com


    PRIVATE POLICY | LEGAL DISCLAIMER
    developed and maintained by dong secuya
    © 2016 philboxing.com.