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Light heavyweight cotender Gabriel Campillo's handlers have filed a protest with the Texas commission following last weekend's split-decision loss to IBF titleholder Tavoris Cloud.
The handlers of light heavyweight contender Gabriel Campillo have filed an appeal with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation in the wake of the fighter's Showtime-televised split-decision loss to IBF beltholder Tavoris Cloud last Saturday in Corpus Christi.
Leon Margules, an attorney for Campillo's manager, Sampson Lewkowicz, said the filing seeks to negate the decision, plus initiate disciplinary action against the offficials involved.
Margules said similar action could be taken with the IBF.
"You have 10 work days within which to do it with the IBF, but with the state of Texas, I filed immediately. Basically, I have asked them to investigate and to discipline the officials, and to change their decision to a no-contest," said Margules.
"So while I've already filed my appeal to the Texas State commission, I am now waiting for the video before I file anything with the IBF. I have to have a conversation with [IBF President] Daryl Peoples."
Calls to Public relations official Susan Stanford, of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, were not immediately returned. Cloud's promoter, Don King, could not immediately be reached.
After being floored twice in the first round, the southpaw Campillo appeared to take control for the fight's remainder, pounding home head-swiveling combinations that sliced open cuts around each of Cloud's eyes.
"It's up to them, whatever they want to do. If they want to protest the decision of the judges, then let them protest. It doesnt' bother me. I still believe that I won the fight. After the first round, I had two knockdowns, and that only means that I had to win three or four more rounds to win the fight. Not that I was trying to win the fight like that," said Cloud.
"But, you know, I did win the fight, although it wasn't the fashion that I wanted to win it in at all. So, Gabriel Campillo, he's a good fighter and fought very well that night we fought. But Tavoris Cloud, on his 'A' game, Gabriel Campillo wouldn't stand a chance. Gabriel Campillo wouldn't make it past the sixth round."
Cloud emerged victorious with an unpopular split-decision, winning 116-110 (eight-to-four in rounds) and 114-112 (six-to-six) on the cards of judges David Robertson and Joel Elizondo, respectively. Judge Dennis Nelson had it for Campillo, 115-111.
In accordance with IBF rules, what would make Campillo's appeal official is that his request be accompanied by a non-refundable fee of $10,000, along with a letter and a DVD of the fight. The request, in accordance with IBF requirements, must be made within 10 days of the bout.
"The $10,000 fee covers the expenses for the appeal hearing, in other words, travel arrangements, loding and meals for the three panelists hearing the appeal, the venue and other related expenses," said Jeanette Salazar, public relations director for the IBF.