Eddie Hearn sparks calls for Judge Terry O’Connor to be fired after showing up on his PHONE in the footage
The BBBofC should remove him immediately ‘: Eddie Hearn leads calls for the dismissal of British judge Terry O’Connor after images appear to show him on his PHONE during a fight between Lewis Ritson and Miguel Vazquez.
- Lewis Ritson defeated Miguel Vazquez on Saturday in a controversial points decision
- British judge Terry O’Connor scored the game 117-111 in favor of Lewis Ritson
- However, O’Connor was pictured scrolling his phone during the eighth round
- Promoter Eddie Hearn has called for him to be fired after the footage
Eddie Hearn has called for British judge Terry O’Connor to be fired after being seen on his phone during Lewis Ritson and Miguel Vazquez’s fight on Saturday.
Ritson claimed a controversial split-decision points win over Vazquez, with O’Connor scoring the match 117-111 in favor of the British fighter.
O’Connor – who has referenced nearly 1,500 games, however, was pictured scrolling his phone during the eighth round as they traded two hits.
Terry O’Connor was pictured on his phone during the fight between Lewis Ritson and Miguel Vazquez
Hearn took to Twitter to express his frustration, saying, “If that’s a phone (and I assume it is), BBBofC should remove it immediately.”
Co-promoter Lou DiBella added: ‘I don’t think you need to watch the fight if you’ve already made up your mind before it started. Unfortunately … it’s just boxing. ‘
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman also shared his views on the situation, calling it “extremely disturbing to anyone involved in boxing.”
While boxing trainer and manager Dave Coldwell took to Twitter to call out O’Connor, he said, “ I’ve always said that judges should be asked to explain how they come to their decision when it’s controversial and seemingly too far from it. target. Not sure if swiping left is a good reason to screw up hunters’ careers? ‘
British judge O’Connor scored the game 117-111 on Saturday in favor of Lewis Ritson
Eddie Hearn took to Twitter to vent his frustration with O’Connor and the fight’s decision
Hearn told iFLTV the decision was a “disgrace” and said the judges should “be responsible for bad decisions.”
He said, ‘117-111 for Ritson was a shame of a card. And it is terrible for the sport.
‘People should be held accountable for bad decisions. If you have a job and you are not performing well, then you have to face the consequences. ‘
BBBofC’s Robert Smith has stated that he is investigating O’Connor’s performance and admits that he is disappointed with the image.
He said, “This needs to be looked at and examined and it will happen. I am so frustrated that this appears to have happened. After all the hard work we do behind the scenes, we have something like this emerging. Personally, I am so disappointed. I can’t say anything more about it at this point. ‘
This isn’t the first time O’Connor has been called into question, having previously been investigated for his decision to score the Callum Smith against John Ryder in favor of the Liverpool man in November.
O’Connor, who himself held the position after retiring from the sport, came under fire again in 2017 for his score during Martin Murray’s win over Gabriel Rosado.
Promoter Mick Hennessey said O’Connor was ‘under pressure’ at the time.
Sportsmail has reached out to the BBBoC for comment.