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Arum Blasts Refereeing in Salido-Lomachenko

by David P. Greisman

Promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank joined the chorus of critics blasting oft-derided referee Laurence Cole for his officiating in Orlando Salido’s split decision win over Vasyl Lomachenko this past Saturday — a bout that the company had made as it tries to make Lomachenko, an acclaimed amateur and two-time Olympic gold medalist, into a star.

“The refereeing was absolutely horrible. I have never seen so many low blows that a fighter gets away with,” Arum told reporters at the Alamodome in San Antonio. “But that being said, that shows how important experience was, because finally when he got his act together, it was no contest.”

Arum said he had Lomachenko winning the fight 115-113, and that there was even reason to widen the gap by another point for the manner in which Lomachenko won the 12th round.

Alas, only one of the three official judges saw it the same way as Arum. Levi Martinez had it 115-113 for the Ukrainian, but he was outvoted by Jack Reiss, who had Salido winning 116-112, and Oren Shellenberger, who saw it 115-113 for Salido.

Arum said Lomachenko’s next step will depend on what the fighter’s team wants, though he also noted that the World Boxing Organization’s featherweight title remains vacant due to Salido (the previous titleholder) dropping his belt on the scales by coming in overweight, and because Lomachenko didn’t come out with the victory.

“Off that performance against a heavier guy, maybe he [Lomachenko] can be nominated to fight for the title again,” Arum said.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by whoseyourdaddy on 03-03-2014

[QUOTE=LarryXXX;14286957]So now the ref and the judges are now wrong??? Arum please shut up, your circus show failed and you sh1t on the best fighter you actually have in Rigo[/QUOTE] Strike 3 your out Mr. Assrum, you "F" it up…

Comment by BaDaBiNgVIP on 03-03-2014

what a slap in the face. for one, i wont fight you, but i still want your following across the pond to buy my ppv and line my pockets...haha great marketing strategy. 2. letting kahn know that he is the…

Comment by JrRod on 03-03-2014

[QUOTE=Realizniguhnit;14287287]I thought Salido edged it out. Loma didn't throw enough punches in the early to mid rds. That being said Salido was so unprofessional almost I wish the fight could be over ruled and changed no contest :lol1: D[B]ude steps…

Comment by NEETzsche on 03-03-2014

glad that someone who actually matters has spoken out against laurence cole. hopefully he'll never work on a top rank card again.

Comment by JrRod on 03-03-2014

[QUOTE=A_Jeffrey;14286920]Arum was probably behind Lomachenkos loss lol[/QUOTE] Really? I hate Arum as much as the next guy, but it makes no sense to have his young propect lose to a guy in the twilight of his career.

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