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Frank Warren on Hooker-Flanagan Scores, Tyson Fury, Murray

By Frank Warren, courtesy of The Daily Star

TERRY FLANAGAN’S defeat by Maurice Hooker yet again exposed the problem with judging in boxing.

The Manchester man was in a very good but, crucially, close fight with Hooker last weekend in his hometown.

How British judge Phil Edwards scored it 117-111 for the American is beyond me. He certainly didn’t enjoy any home advantage.

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The scorecard of 115-113 in favour of Hooker was fair, but it could have also gone the other way, depending on what you liked from both men.

But poor judging is becoming a bigger problem and one that is not going away. The sport’s authorities need to do something about it.

When football referees have a bad game, they often suffer some sort of retribution. We didn’t let it spoil what was a very good card at Manchester Arena, though.

Tyson Fury got through his big comeback fight after two and a half years out of the ring with a win over Sefer Seferi.

We said from the beginning that he wasn’t going to go in with any world-beaters just yet and he is going to be taller than everyone he fights.

In this case, he was obviously much taller but height is not the criteria for a heavyweight.

Fury was nervous going in and then he got a good reception from the 15,000-strong crowd, so he played to them for a couple of rounds. 

Then he started throwing some shots and getting the rust out of his system. This is the first baby step back from serious personal and mental health problems.

There were also good performances from up-and-coming guys like Mark Heffron, Nathan Gorman and James Metcalf on the card.

Now it’s on to Martin Murray’s fight at the O2 next weekend after we secured American-based Mexican Roberto Garcia.

Murray was rightly frustrated when WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders pulled out through injury.

But in Garcia he will face a well-ranked opponent and it should make for an exciting fight.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by HighLightReal on 06-16-2018

Here fishy fishy fishy fishy.

Comment by DramaShow on 06-16-2018

why should he enjoy any 'home advantage'. and from what i heard 117-111 hooker isnt that ridiculous if u give him the edge in close rounds

Comment by The plunger man on 06-16-2018

[QUOTE=yammy25;18866415]Pi55 off Frank you boggle eyed ****..nobody cares about you.. your raggedy **** broke as **** promotion or your bullsh1tter excuses for a piss poor card and ripping off boxnation subscribers. Bellend[/QUOTE] Quote of the day ....p1ss off frank you…

Comment by Vinnykin on 06-16-2018

He said that it was a close fight, and it could have gone either way depending on what you prefer, but then he complains about the wide scores? Surely if it's a close fight but you prefer one fighter you…

Comment by yammy25 on 06-16-2018

Pi55 off Frank you boggle eyed ****..nobody cares about you.. your raggedy **** broke as **** promotion or your bullsh1tter excuses for a piss poor card and ripping off boxnation subscribers. Bellend

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