IBF’S RUN OF DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS
Cloud-Campillo represents a run of recent events for which the IBF has either dished out discpline or otherwise taken action.
Not only was Lazarte banned for life by the IBF, but he was subsequently suspended by Argentine Boxing Federation President, Osvaldo Bisbal, for actions that incited a post-fight riot during which fans began throwing bottles and chairs into the ring. As a result, Casimero suffered concussions and his team member, Sean Gibbons, two broken ribs.
Midway through the sixth round Lazarte was penalized by referee Eddie Claudio, for consistently hitting Casimero behind the head, after which Lazarte removed his mouthpiece, stared directly into the Claudio’s eyes and said, “do you want to get out of here alive?”
Lazarte also bit Casimero on the right shoulder at least once.
Agbeko lost his title to Mares by a majority decision in August, but controversy stemmed from referee Russell Mora’s failure to penalize Mares for low blows. Mares won the rematch by unanimous decision in December.
Hernandez-Cunningham II was ordered following an October fight that ended with Hernandez dethroning Cunningham by controversial sixth-round technical decision in Neubrandenburg, Germany.
Hernandez-Cunningham went to the scorecards as a result of a cut over the right eye of Hernandez that had resulted from two accidental early-round head clashes with Cunningham.
Like Agbeko, Cunningham won his appeal, but lost the rematch by unanimous decision on Feb. 4.
The IBF was also set to hear the complaints of junior welterweight Amir Khan, who cited a poorly officiated bout and scorecard descrepancies among the reasons he lost a split-decision to Lamont Peterson on Dec. 10.
Khan dropped his appeal the day before the IBF scheduled hearing, though, and Peterson has since elected to face Khan in a rematch on May 19.
Asked if he would accept a rematch against Campillo, Cloud answered affirmatively.
“That’s up to them. Let’s rematch him. I had an off night,” said Cloud. “If I had come there with my ‘A’ game, 100 percent, Gabriel Campillo would be a finished fighter.”
PAUL WILLIAMS HUNTS FOR TITLE SHOT
In the wake of last weekend’s Showtime-televised junior middleweight victory over Japan’s Nobuhiro Ishida, whom he shut out, 120-108, on the cards of all three judges, southpaw Paul Williams got just what he wanted, said his manager/trainer George Peterson.
“Paul’s performance was excellent. We were prepared for that fight. We had been coming off of a [seven-month] layoff,” said Peterson.
“This was a little bit of a different situation because we had some time for him to clear his head and to get some thoughts together, and to get that hunger back, and that’s what was missing, so the time off was good.”
In his two prior bouts, Williams (41-2, 27 knockouts) had suffered a sensational second-round knockout loss to RING middleweight champion Sergio Martinez in November 2010, followed by a disputed majority decision over Erislandy Lara that many ringsiders thought he lost.
Ishida (24-7-2, 9 KOs), meanwhile, was coming off first-round knockouts of power-punching southpaw James Kirkland in April and Edson Espinoza in November.
“Ishida was more than what we thought. There was little out there on him. A one-round knockout was all that was available to us to see, but we prepared for everything. But that’s guy was tough. I can understand why he went 12 rounds so many times before and had never been stopped. But we were not in a situation where we were aiming to stop this guy,” said Peterson.
“I wanted to see Paul in a position where he had to work, and that showed me that he could go strong rounds and we knew he could take a punch, even though he was knocked out by Martinez, but I wanted to see it. Down the stretch, I wanted to see how long Paul could go after that layoff. We got a very good picture of what’s going on and we saw what we wanted to see.”
“We have 41 wins, we don’t need another number. We need a title,” said Peterson. “We don’t need another win. Get a belt and we’ll challenge you. The point is that we’re looking for fame and glory.”
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