By Keith Idec
BALTIMORE – A debatable point deduction late in the final round cost Jezreel Corrales his fight Saturday night with Ladrius Miller.
Referee Brent Brovell took a point away from Corrales with about 40 seconds remaining in their 10-round lightweight bout. That point was the difference on the scorecard of veteran judge Dave Moretti, who scored the fight 95-94 for Miller.
Had that point not been deducted from Corrales, Moretti would’ve scored the fight even, 95-95, and it would’ve resulted in a split draw. Taking away that point didn’t change who won on the scorecards of judges Lynne Carter and Larry Hazzard Sr.
Carter scored the fight 96-93 for Corrales (23-3, 9 KOs, 1 NC). Hazzard had it 96-93 for Miller (20-1, 16 KOs), who won a split decision in a fight Showtime televised as part of the Gervonta Davis-Ricardo Nunez undercard from a sold-out Royal Farms Arena.
Memphis’ Miller has now won 11 straight fights. He hasn’t lost since February 2016, when Rolando Chinea beat him by unanimous decision in a six-rounder.
Panama’s Corrales fought for just the second time since then-unbeaten Alberto Machado knocked him out in the eighth round in October 2017. Machado took the WBA “super” 130-pound championship from Corrales by winning that fight.
Brovell warned Miller for a low blow about 1:10 into the 10th round. Brovell also called for a break with 56 seconds left in the fight, so that Corrales’ handlers couldn’t fix loose tape on his right glove.
About 15 seconds later, Brovell deducted a point from Corrales for excessive holding. Miller resorted to flinging Corrales to the canvas to break loose from the tight grip that caused Brovell to take away that point.
Brovell hadn’t warned Corrales for excessive holding before he took a point from him.
Some of the wrestling between Corrales and Miller continued early in the ninth round. Corrales connected with the harder shots in that ninth round, but not many.
The eighth round was marred by awkward exchanges that didn’t result in many clean punches landed by either fighter. Corrales managed to land a solid shot that knocked Miller off balance, into the ropes, just before the eighth round ended.
Miller’s right-left combination caught Corrales early in the seventh round, but Corrales took those shots well.
Brovell warned Corrales with about 45 seconds to go in the sixth round for hitting Miller when Brovell had instructed them to stop punching. Earlier in the sixth round, Corrales got full extension on a straight left that landed flush on Miller’s jaw.
A right hook by Corrales backed Miller into the ropes early in the fifth round. Miller and Corrales each landed a clean shot in an exchange just after the halfway point of the fifth round.
Miller landed two right hooks, the second harder than the first, within the first 30 seconds of the fourth round. Corrales’ combination made Miller smile in acknowledgement of effective work with about 30 seconds left in the fourth.
Corrales cracked Miller with a counter left hand that landed to the middle of his face halfway through the third round.
Corrales repeatedly hit Miller behind his head when they were tied up early in the second round. Corrales and Miller mostly missed with straight left hands in that second round.
Miller caught Corrales with a left uppercut as Corrales came forward with just under a minute to go in the first round. A straight left by Corrales backed Miller into a neutral corner earlier in the opening round.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.