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Muller Shocks Masternak With Questionable Decision

By Luke Furman

In the main fight of the evening at Kempton Park in South Africa, top cruiserweight contender Mateusz Masternak (35-3, 25 KOs) of Poland lost a shocking ten round split decision to local fighter Johnny Muller (19-4-2, 13 KOs), where even many of the local fans were in disbelief.

Muller was dropped in the fifth and seventh rounds. Masternak landed the better punches and appeared to win more of the rounds. Muller's face was bruised, cut and he took punishment. Even Muller's corner was urging him to get a knockout in the later rounds. He was brave and gave back as good as he got at times. Masternak seemed to be a little tired in the tenth, but still appeared to be well ahead in the fight.

But somehow two of the judges saw it 95:93 for Muller, with the third scoring it 95:93 for Masternak. Many are already calling the outcome one of the worst decisions of 2015.

Luke Furman covers boxing for

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by shenmue on 06-06-2015

Even Rodney Berman (promoter of Muller) says that the decision has to be reviewed and says that it was a robbery. All in all it was one of the worst I saw. Even much worse than Burns-Beltran or Huck-Arslan. Muller…

Comment by Build That Wall on 06-06-2015

Was Masternak a champion?

Comment by The Hammer on 06-06-2015

Crooked referees and judges are ruining the sport of boxing.

Comment by Mr.Daddy on 06-06-2015

And to think I just read an article today in which the author made it out as if boxing was beyond the problems of past decades when mobster influence was all too prevalent. Nice to see that he was wrong;…

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