Independent review by WBO confirms Horn decision win Independent review by WBO confirms Horn decision win
THERE has been a cloud of controversy surrounding Jeff Horn’s maiden world title win. Since being crowned as the WBO welterweight champion, Horn has... Independent review by WBO confirms Horn decision win

THERE has been a cloud of controversy surrounding Jeff Horn’s maiden world title win.

Since being crowned as the WBO welterweight champion, Horn has faced a wave of unwarranted criticism after all three judges Waleska Roldan, Chris Flores and Ramon Cerdan favoured the Australian by scores of 117-111 and 115-113 twice against defending champion Manny Pacquiao.

Pacquiao, 38, filed an official protest with the Puerto Rican based sanctioning body citing incompetent officiating by referee Mark Nelson, who he believes was too lenient in allowing Jeff Horn to implement what some are describing as rough-house tactics without issuing any warnings, in addition to the controversial scorecard offered by Waleska Roldan.

The WBO conducted the same analytical scoring method utilized for reviews of title fights between Chris Algieri and Ruslan Provodnikov as well as Manny Pacquiao’s first tussle with Timothy Bradley.

The review has ruled in favour Horn (17-0-1, 11 KOs) with the three of the five independent judges issuing scorecards that tallied Horn as a clear winner.

“The Jeff Horn vs. Manny Pacquiao bout results were controversial causing disputes amongst fans. For this reason, transparency is so important,” said the World Boxing Organisation in a press release.

“The WBO does not have power to reverse the judges decision based on discretion as it can only be revoked when fraud or a violation of law has occurred, which is not relevant in this case.”

“Based on this, five anonymous, competent judges from different countries were asked to watch the bout without sound. Then, the independent results were tabulated to ascertain clearly the rounds each fighter won using an average scale based on 60, 80 and 100 per cent. To determine the winner of each round, three out of the five officials have to be in agreement.”

“Upon the analysis, the findings stated that Pacquiao won the 3rd, the 8th and 9th by 100%; the 5th round was won by 80%; and the 11th round by 60%. Horn won the 1st, 6th and 12th rounds by 100%; rounds 2nd, 4th, and 7th by 80%; and then, the 10th round by 60%. From the results, it can be established that Pacquiao won five rounds while Horn won seven rounds.”

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