(MAR 22) On March 19th, at the
Palacio Peñarol, Montevideo, Uruguay, in what appeared to be a
"rip off" by accounts by boxing fans and media, Hometown queen
Chris Namus of Uruguay was announced a winner shortly after her
fight with Loly Munoz of Spain by a 10-round majority decision.
On Monday, March 21st, the fight was reversed to a "No Contest".
In the ninth round of the Namus vs. Munoz bout,Namus appears to
have been knocked down, and as stated on the site featuring the video
they said that Namus lost her mouthpiece and won several seconds
allowing her to recover." [Ninth
Munoz wrote to WBAN earlier today, and said in summary the
following (translated from Spanish to English) that on Saturday,
in the contest for a world championship [WPBF junior
welterweight title] in Uruguay with Chris
Namus, that the results were first decided as a majority
decision for Namus and that the fight was made into a no
contest. Munoz also reaffirms the short 10th round by
saying that the round was cut short at 1:28 seconds to prevent
Namus from being stopped. The video demonstrates that
Namus appeared to be on her way out as Munoz continued to pound
away on Namus with combinations.
On video where
WBAN has posted a link, the ring announcer begins to read out
the judges scores, and as the crowd begins to rumble,
you can almost empathize with Namus as she must have begun to
feel uncomfortable, especially in light of the fact that Loly
Munoz left the ring in disgust after they began to read out the
Fightnews.com writer Gabriel F. Cordero who broke the story when
he reported on that site that the fight had been made into a "no
contest", stated the following: "Both fans and the press alike
expressed outrage saying that Munoz had a ‘clear superiority’
throughout the fight and the outcome ‘hurt not only the
credibility in the judges but the whole of Uruguayan boxing,’
prompting the government, through the ministry of Turisimo and
Sports, to request the change."
Boxing Fans from Uruguay also
ranted on the internet of their disgust, which WBAN has posted
some of those translated comments:
"Chris Namus champion retained her belt, won but lost, we all
saw that she lost. The match was finished 30 seconds before and
it does not comply with the terms of the sport."
"A shame! Especially when they rang the bell 30 seconds before
the end of the round to save the namus KO, pathetic! ...
yesterday was an embarrassment for the sport throughout
In regards to Uruguay, one boxing fan wrote, "not only they rob
us in the street, at bus stops and even in our homes, now but
now in the ... IN THE RING!"
"when people will understand that Namus is an excellent
marketing product and nothing else! Arranged fights beforehand
"I am Uruguay and I'm ashamed that you've won this fight."
"I do not know whether to laugh or mourn. Freddy Sosa should be
excluded to rate a fight for life, like the referee and they
rang the bell. Yes, Namus be champion, but over a bridge, not a
ring." [Freddy Sosa scored the fight 97-93 for Namus]
"I am Uruguayan first feel
terrible shame for blatant theft should be to punish the sport
Uruguayan Uruguay bunch of delinquents."
" Imagine the corruption that exists in other fields of various
areas in Uruguay ... UNFORTUNATE."
Instead of ruling this fight a "no contest", they need to review
the 10-round bout, and if Munoz won the fight---ship her the
belt---that is the only right thing to do at this point.