By Rick Reeno
Sampson Lewkowicz, promoter of Gabriel Campillo (21-4-1, 8KOs), plans to file an official protest with the International Boxing Federation [IBF] on Monday morning. Lewkowicz, along with Campillo and the boxer's co-promoter Lou Dibella, will dispute Saturday's twelve round split decision loss to IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud (24-0, 19KOs), which took place at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Campillo was able to overcome two knockdowns in the first round, and then proceeded to outbox Cloud for the majority of the fight. The scores were 115-111 for Campillo, and 114-112 and 116-110 for Cloud.
"Tavoris Cloud should just surrender his title because Gabriel Campillo is the true champion. We are going to file a protest with the IBF on Monday and we'll make a request for a no-decision and an immediate rematch. Decisions have been changed in these exact situations in other states. This is the second time that something like this has happened to one of my fighters. First it was Sergio Martinez with Kermit Cintron [2009 controversial draw in Florida] and now with Campillo," Lewkowicz told BoxingScene.com.
Showtime announced Jimmy Lennon Jr. tweeted afterwards - "One of the hardest decisions I've ever had to announce."
In an earlier article, DiBella was a bit more emotional over the scoring.
"This is a f**king disgrace. I'm sitting there at [Muhammad] Ali's birthday party dinner, watching this. He was dominating the fight, it wasn't even close. The fight was was eight [rounds] to four or nine to three....it was a f**king disgrace. How could it be that everyone watching the fight sees it the same way but the judges? We wonder why we are so self destructive as an industry. I've had enough of this f**king sh*t. These f**king judges should be put to task. There should be a competency test and if they can't pass it - they should be out," DiBella told BoxingScene.com.
"Campillo should be champion - he won that motherf**king fight. That wasn't just a disgrace...it was a f**king disgrace. I was walking around the back of the room at this dinner, telling people 'I got a new champion, I got a new champion.' And then I heard those motherf**king scores. I've had it! This is the most self-destructive industry in the world. We can't put together our own Super Bowl and the judges are Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder."
"Cloud is not a world champion now. Cloud is a beltholder. If [Showtime Sports President] Stephen Espinoza is the man that I think he is, then Campillo will get back on Showtime first in a big fight - because he won the fight and he's the real champion."