Teofimo Lopez is the undisputed lightweight champion after stunning Vasiliy Lomachenko on Saturday, but one scorecard for his win prompted disbelief for many observers, including Top Rank CEO Bob Arum.
The fight was officially scored 116-112 by Tim Cheatham, 117-111 by Steve Weisfield and 119-109 by Julie Lederman. It was the last scorecard that drew questions.
There was little doubt that Lopez deserved the win, but the consensus was that Lomachenko showed enough life in the second half of the fight to keep things competitive going into the 12th round. Lopez finished strongly for the win, but it’s hard to believe that he won 11 out of 12 rounds, as Lederman saw things.
The good news is that, if anything, Lederman erred toward the victor. That wasn’t enough for Arum, though, as he said after the fight that he would advise fighters to request Lederman not be appointed for their fights:
Arum: Lopez won, 7-5 is way I scored it. I can see 8-4, that’s a possibility. But you can’t score it 11 rounds to 1 and say you watched the fight. Ninth, 10th and 11th weren’t close. I would advise any fighter that I have to ask for the commission not to appoint Julie Lederman— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) October 18, 2020
The vast majority of boxing fans, journalists and one welterweight champion seemed to agree with Arum’s assessment.
Boxing fans react to scorecards of Teofimo Lopez’s win
119 -109 ooowwweeee that was a good fight but that score was so disrespectful— Terence Crawford (@terencecrawford) October 18, 2020
That said, 119-109 is wacky as heck. 116-112 was the best scorecard, IMO.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) October 18, 2020
Lopez win is for sure fair but one judge had it 119-109? Hmm... #LomaLopez— Oskar Garcia (@oskargarcia) October 18, 2020
119-110 is the dumbest judge in the world— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) October 18, 2020
Problem with 119-109 is people will look at how insane that is.— Andrew Lopez (@_Andrew_Lopez) October 18, 2020
But Teofimo Lopez won that fight.
Don't know where she saw 119-109 https://t.co/7gRKpYozdx— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) October 18, 2020
119-109! BOXING NEEDS TO FIX ITSELF. 😂😂😂😂😂😂— Boxing Kingdom (@BoxingKingdom14) October 18, 2020
119-109 was a crazy card, but right fighter won. I had it 117-111. Boxing has a new star with @TeofimoLopez.— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) October 18, 2020
Julie Lederman's 119-109 card is absolute garbage. There's really no way around that. #LomaLopez— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) October 18, 2020
That 119-109 by Julie Lederman is unacceptable. What the hell? #LomaLopez— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) October 18, 2020
Julie Lederman with the 119-109 scorecard. Not sure she should be judging another championship fight. Absolutely outrageous. Loma CLEARLY won 8, 9, 10 and 11. https://t.co/9afdJrPywL— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) October 18, 2020
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