Terry O’Connor is cleared of all wrongdoing after allegations he was on his PHONE during Ritson’s win
Judge Terry O’Connor cleared of any wrongdoing after allegations he was on his PHONE during Lewis Ritson’s controversial split decision victory over Miguel Vasquez
- Terry O’Connor has been cleared of wrongdoing after Ritson vs. Vasquez
- The experienced boxing judge won the match 117-111 in favor of the Briton
- O’Connor’s controversial wide score saw claims he was on the phone
- However, the BBBofC found out that he wasn’t on the phone during the fight
Boxing judge Terry O’Connor has been acquitted after allegations that he used his phone while scoring Lewis Ritson’s win over Miguel Vasquez last weekend.
O’Connor, a former professional who has reviewed more than 500 games, scored the game 117-111 in the Brit’s favor when Ritson captured the WBA Intercontinental Lightweight title after a split decision.
After his big score, there were growing questions about O’Connor’s judgment of the fight. Ritson’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, claimed the judge looked at his phone during the fight.
Terry O’Connor has been cleared of misconduct over allegations that he was on the phone during a fight
The Matchroom Boxing chief, who was not at the event, also revealed that he felt Vasquez deserved to win the close match, with some ex-pros and experts feeling the veteran Mexican had stood up the fight .
The British Board of Boxing Control has investigated the claims against O’Connor and cleared the experienced judge of any wrongdoing.
‘British Boxing Board of Control Judge Mr. Terry O’Connor appeared before the Stewards of the Board to discuss his performance at the tournament to be held at the East of England Showground Arena, Peterborough on October 17, 2020,’ a statement read. the organisation.
The British judge controversially scored the game 117-111 in favor of Lewis Ritson
Eddie Hearn took to Twitter to vent his frustration with O’Connor and the fight’s decision
Allegations on social media and print media that Mr. O’Connor was using a cell phone or similar handheld device were considered.
After extensive review of the footage and evidence provided by Mr. O’Connor, the stewards are satisfied that Mr. O’Connor was not in possession of a telephone or handheld device while performing his duties as a judge in the match between Lewis Ritson and Miguel Vazquez and his score of that match were not affected in any way.
In addition, Mr. O’Connor’s score of the match was taken into account and although judging a match is subjective and after explaining how Mr. O’Connor scored the match, the stewards are satisfied that the final score of Mr. O’Connor reflected his own opinion of the match. ‘
However, the BBoBC discovered that O’Connor (pictured) was not in possession of a phone during the fight
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.