Boxing phenom Manny Pacquiao recently put his WBO welterweight world title on the line in an epic exchange with rising star Jeff Horn. The two battled it out in Brisbane, Australia. The boxing match ultimately went the distance, with each fighter leaving their all inside the ring. However, only one of the two competitors could be titled the WBO welterweight champion.
In the end, Jeff Horn earned a unanimous decision victory over his opponent and is now the new reigning WBO welterweight champion. However, the decision victory has since come under some controversy, as many fighters and fans are in disagreement with the judges’ decision.
Now, as reported by Dead Spin, it would appear that the WBO plans to revisit the title fight decision.
Francisco Valcárce, president of the WBO, recently offered a public letter stating:
“I would be very grateful if the Philippines Games and Amusements Board (GAB) can provide any evidence indicating fraud or violation of Law. Please forward it immediately to the Australian National Boxing Federation and to the WBO so that we may proceed accordingly.
“Although this is the situation, as I previously publicly stated, we will appoint five (5) anonymous competent Judges from different countries to watch the bout without sound distraction. Then, we will tabulate the results to ascertain clearly which rounds each fighter won using an average scale based on 60, 80 and 100 per cent. This means that 3 of the 5 officials have to agree to determine which fighter won the round.
“The purpose of this review is to be able to give the fans certainty of who was the winner of the bout, even though we do not have the power to reverse the decision of the Judges based on discretion[…]”