Body shots like this one landed by Juan Carlos Burgos (left) led most observers to believe that the 25-year-old junior lightweight contender had done enought to lift the WBO title from Roman Martinez (right) on Saturday in New York City. Photo / Naoki Fukuda
Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing – the co-promoters of junior lightweight contender Juan Carlos Burgos, who was held to a controversial split draw against WBO beltholder Roman Martinez on Saturday – are filing a request to the WBO for an immediate rematch.
Official judge Waleska Roldan scored in favor of Burgos by a tally of 117-111, but was overruled by judge Tony Paolillo, who scored a 116-112 tally for Martinez, and judge John Signorile, who had the fight even at 114-114. Most of the ringside media, including RingTV.com, scored the fight for Burgos (30-1-1, 20 knockouts).
The broadcast booth of HBO, which televised the fight live in the U.S., thought Burgos won the fight by a wide margin. CompuBox punch stats supported the opinion of the commentators as Burgos, of Tijuana, Mexico, had a 286-193 advantage in total punches and a 234-164 edge in power punches.
HBO also ran a poll where fans sent in their thoughts on who won the fight and an overwhelming 84 percent of those who participated believed that Burgos should have been awarded the victory and title.
“Juan Carlos won that fight hands down and this week we will file for an immediate rematch,” said Arthur Pelullo, CEO of Banner Promotions, stated in a press release that was sent to boxing media on Monday.
“The kid worked hard and should be a world champion this morning. We just hope the WBO agrees with what the whole world saw and does the right thing by granting us this rematch.”
Added Alex Camponovo, General Manager of Thompson Boxing, “The draw left Juan Carlos Burgos completely dejected and angry. We all felt the same way as his dream of becoming a champion turned into a New York nightmare. We hope the WBO does not punish a young man who has given everything to his craft since the age of 10 and joined the pros when he was 16 years old. An immediate rematch should be the only solution to a poor ending and I think Martinez’s people and the champion himself know deep down that he did not do enough to retain the belt.”
Martinez (26-1-2, 16 KOs), of Puerto Rico, retained the WBO title he won with a split decision over Miguel Beltran Jr. last September.