Burnett becomes a World Champion

By Cain Bradley on June 12, 2017
Burnett becomes a World Champion
Northern Ireland got another champion this weekend as Burnett defeated Lee Haskins.

Ryan Burnett was the favorite heading into the contest and his speed and power was too much for Lee Haskins…

Northern Ireland got another champion this weekend as Ryan Burnett (17-0) defeated Lee Haskins (34-4) to win the IBF Bantamweight title. Burnett was the favorite heading into the contest and his speed and power was far too much for Haskins. The result was somehow a split decision. Two judges scored it 119-107 to Burnett whilst one had it 118-108 to Haskins. The only explanation so far has been that the judge marked the scorecard the wrong way around. The judge, according to Hearn, asked a photographer which corner Haskins was in. When told the red corner he presumably was confused with the red shorts of Burnett. Thankfully, it did not matter in the grand scheme of things.

Burnett dropped Haskins twice, in round six and eleven and his right hand was unstoppable all night long. He was cut and expects to be off till October or November to allow it to heal. The 25-year-old has a big domestic clash with Jamie McDonnell down the line. His mandatory looks like being unbeaten Puerto Rican Emmanuel Rodriguez. Haskins appeared on Twitter to tell his fans that he “gave it his all.” If he returns to the ring it could be against domestic rival Stuart Hall who he defeated in a controversial world title defense.

IBF responds

“On Saturday, June 10, 2017 the IBF Bantamweight bout between Lee Haskins and Ryan Burnett held at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Ireland was ruled a split decision victory for Burnett as a result of a error with the scorecards. Due to this error, in which one of the scores after each round was recorded on the individual scorecards for the incorrect fighter, the bout was declared a split decision when it should have been ruled a unanimous decision in favor of Burnett. An error of this nature and at this level of the sport should not have occurred.

“The IBF carefully considers the officials it recommends for appointment to a bout.  Judge Clark Sammartino has been a member of the IBF for many years and has been a solid, reliable and consistent judge. He has an active officiating career and has worked at the world-class level. The IBF remains committed to recommending qualified and reliable officials to work its sanctioned bouts, and is fully intent on deterring a situation such as this one from occurring again in the future.”

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  1. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 06:34am, 06/12/2017

    Didn’t realize Bruno Sammartino was still alive, God bless his soul. Looks like they had their names on their trunks and he still got it ass backwards!

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