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 Last update:  4/15/2012       Read more by Rick Reeno         
   
Arum Jabs Rios vs Abril Referee For Not Taking Points
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By Rick Reeno

Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum was unhappy with the officiating in Saturday's main event at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, which saw Brandon Rios (30-0-1, 22KOs) win a controversial twelve round split decision over WBA interim-lightweight champion Richard Abril. The scores were 116-112, 115-112 for Rios and 117-111 for Abril.

Arum felt referee Vic Drakulich allowed Abril to excessively hold Rios, while issuing numerous warnings to the Cuban boxer, but never deducting any points.

"He allowed Abril to hold him the entire fight. He never took any points away. [Mercito] Gesta had a good referee, Robert Byrd. When the Colombian fighter continued to hold him, Byrd told him that he would take away a point and he stopped [holding him]. Then entire fight changed and Gesta knocked him out. Drakulich didn't do that. He let Abril get away with holding Rios without any points being taken away," Arum told BoxingScene.com.

Tags: Bob Arum , Brandon Rios , Richard Abril , Rios-Abril , Rios vs Abril



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comment by ramses07, on 04-15-2012
30-0 lol. richard april can clinch his pillow to sleep tonight.

comment by KTFO, on 04-15-2012
What does a lower contender/B level type of fighter have to do to beat the bigger name guys? Boxing continually stacks the odd's against these little known fighters it's sickening. I'm not a huge fan of the "stick and clinch" style but Abril deserved the W and Rios should have more of a backlash ...

comment by Jensen_usmc, on 04-15-2012
I don't like Arum, but he's right. Abril didn't come to fight, he won a hugging contest and that stupid ref should have deducted points for excessive holding.

comment by rckdees, on 04-15-2012
i can't stress it enough......bob arum's a scumbag

comment by PulpFriction, on 04-15-2012
F you arum!

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