Was AnEson Gib Robbed of a Victory Against Tayler Holder in the Battle of the Platfroms?

Published 06/12/2021, 11:50 PM EDT
MIAMI, FL – JANUARY 28: AnEsonGib and Viddal Riley onstage before the Demetrius Andrade vs Luke Keeler Press Conference on January 28, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)


The Battle of the Platforms between YouTuber and TikTok stars brought about many talking points. However, none were bigger than the controversy for Jake Paul’s first professional opponent, AnEson Gib against Tayler Holder.

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Holder and Gib fought on the undercard of the event, which featured Austin McBroom and Bryce Hall as the main event. And ultimately the fight ended in a majority draw despite the scorecards reading 47-46,49-46,50-45. So was AnEson Gib robbed of redemption?

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AnEson Gib went for redemption

After a disappointing loss to Jake Paul in his first professional bout, Gib entered the exhibition with a shot at redemption. And his performance showed that as he came out as the aggressor, taking the fight to Holder.

The Englishman kept the pressure on the American TikToker and out-landed him by more than double in terms of power punches as he hit Holder with 38 power shots, while the American could manage only 16. The total punches landed also showed the same story as Gib landed 47 to Holder’s 21.

Therefore, fans watching the event knew Gib deserved the decision victory thanks to his better shot selection, his increased activity, and his superior performance on the night. Therefore, when they read out the scorecards, everyone expected Gib to take home the unanimous decision victory. Thus, AnEson Gib was clearly robbed of a victory.

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Referee’s reaction to the scorecard

When all three judges score the bout in favor of one person, it is a unanimous decision victory. And in this case, the scorecards showed a clear majority to one fighter, which many say should have been Gib. And even the referee showed his surprise at the announcement.

Fans on social media noticed how even the referee looked surprised as he raised both fighters’ hands in the air after hearing the scoring. While fighters getting robbed is nothing new to boxing, the biggest surprise of this will be the scorecard.

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Had the judges scored it as a draw, it would have made sense. However, as a draw was announced despite the judges giving one person higher scores, the event was bound to draw criticism. Moreover, fans will now wonder if the fight was rigged.

What did you make of the AnEson Gib vs. Tayler Holder fight? Do you think AnEson Gib won?

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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