(OCT 17) On October 11th,
Raja Amasheh faced French challenger Amira Hamzaoui to defend
her WBC Silver and WBF flyweight champion titles in Saarbrücken
(Germany). After competitive and entertaining ten rounds WBC
judge Steve Mertz (Germany) scored the bout 98:94 for Amasheh
while WBF judges Vincent Dupas (France / 96:94) and Toni Tiberi
(Luxembourg / 97:94) gave the nod to Hamzaoui who won by split
decision to capture Amasheh’s titles.
Remarkably, all other officials at ringside (including referee
Jürgen Langos, the representatives of the local commission as
well as the WBC and WBF supervisor) thought Amasheh had won the
fight “close but clear”.
The 1,500 fans in attendance at Saarlandhalle were also shocked when the scores were announced.
Therefore, Team Amasheh and promoter DOG Event Boxing filed an
official protest against the scoring.
WBC supervisor Malte Müller-Michaelis handed in his report
directly after the fight, and WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman
immediately ordered a review of the championship bout by a
neutral panel of officials. Because of the controversial result
and after discussing the facts surrounding the decision the WBC
female championship committee already determined that an
immediate rematch must be ordered. The WBF accepted the official
complaint on Tuesday.
The complaint is based on the scoring of the two WBF judges who
were the only two officials who scored the fight for Hamzaoui.
The master scorecard shows inconsistent scoring (especially in
rounds 1, 8 and 9). Team Amasheh and DOG Event Boxing assume
that the WBF judges made a mistake and confused the corners in
those specific rounds.