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 BoxingScene.com exclusive: https://www.boxingscene.com/another-judging-controversy-brewing-lomachenko-walters--111029
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 BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.