Judges Had Lomachenko-Walters Right Through 7 Rounds, But…

By Keith Idec

LAS VEGAS – The scorecards submitted Saturday night by all three judges reflected Vasyl Lomachenko’s dominance against Nicholas Walters.

Adalaide Byrd and Glenn Trowbridge had Lomachenko in front by the same score, 69-64, when Walters told referee Tony Weeks he didn’t want to continue in what was becoming a completely lopsided fight it appeared Walters couldn’t win. Burt Clements (70-63) scored each of the first seven rounds for Lomachenko, who is rapidly establishing himself as one of the best boxers, pound-for-pound, in the world.

Those three scorecards wouldn’t be noteworthy had it not been for what occurred before Lomachenko (7-1, 5 KOs) and Jamaica’s Walters (26-1-1, 21 KOs) entered the ring Saturday night at The Chelsea, a sold-out, 2,000-seat arena inside The Cosmopolitan.


Clements and Trowbridge both scored Andre Ward a 114-113 victor over Sergey Kovalev the previous Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena. Those scores, though reasonable based on the very competitive nature of the Ward-Kovalev light heavyweight title fight, caused great debate because many fight fans and numerous members of the boxing media scored that 12-round fight for Russia’s Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs).

Kovalev dropped Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) in the second round, but Ward was resilient and rallied in the second half of their 12-round fight for the IBF, WBA and WBO titles.

Clements and Trowbridge had already been assigned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission to score Lomachenko-Walters before the Kovalev-Ward fight took place. Byrd, however, worked Lomachenko-Walters despite promoter Top Rank’s documented objection to the NSAC assigning her to it.

Carl Moretti, Top Rank’s vice president of boxing operations, voiced the company’s displeasure with Byrd working Lomachenko-Walters in this exclusive:

Byrd scored Walters the winner of the sixth round, a three-minute period Lomachenko seemingly won. Trowbridge, who scored only the first round for Walters, and Clements scored the sixth round for Lomachenko, who retained his WBO world super featherweight title.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Raonic on 11-28-2016

[QUOTE=uniquehump;17236849]That may be a good idea, but it can be confusing. And that would mean that the 4th judge wouldn't really be a judge. It would just be a system put in place to ensure that the majority rules, in…

Comment by bojangles1987 on 11-28-2016

Of course people are going to b*tch when all three judges had it a wipeout for Lomachenko. Come on, they were all watching and judging the same domination we were.

Comment by Lou Cipher on 11-28-2016

[QUOTE=aboutfkntime;17237072]turns out [/QUOTE] Peter gazer

Comment by aboutfkntime on 11-28-2016

[QUOTE=Lou Cipher;17236949][B]Turns out[/B] all three judges had Walters ahead by one point. They all had heard erroneously that Walters was promoted by ROC (Robber Of Champions) Nation and they already had their bags packed for a free Hawaaiin vacation and…

Comment by Lou Cipher on 11-28-2016

Turns out all three judges had Walters ahead by one point. They all had heard erroneously that Walters was promoted by ROC (Robber Of Champions) Nation and they already had their bags packed for a free Hawaaiin vacation and had…

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