WBA Suspends Judge After Controversial Scoring for Roman Gonzalez vs. Juan Francisco Estrada

Published 03/15/2021, 7:00 AM EDT


The World Boxing Association (WBA) has temporarily suspended one judge from the Roman Gonzalez vs. Juan Francisco Estrada fight. The judge in question is Carlos Sucre, who scored the fight 117-111 in favor of Estrada.

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DISTRITO FEDERAL, MEXICO – SEPTIEMBRE 6: Juan Francisco Estrada en festejo con cinturon de campeon, durante la funcion del Doble Campeonato Mundial en la Arena Ciudad de Mexico, el 5 de Septiembre del 2014 en el Distrito Federal. (Foto: Manuel Velasquez/JAM MEDIA)

‘Chocolatito’ and ‘El Gallo’ gave us one of boxing’s best fights in recent times. However, Sucre’s scores did not reflect the close bout. He bizarrely had it at 117-111, while the other two judges had close 115-113 to each fighter.

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As a result, the WBA put out a statement confirming Sucre’s suspension, awaiting further investigation. President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza said, “I asked the Officials Committee to evaluate the fight although I think it is not necessary. It was a great fight, very close. We have to respect “Gallo” Estrada, who made a great effort.”

He then added, “In this case the judges favored him, however I sent a temporary suspension while Sucre is heard, because big shows and fights like this one do not deserve the kind of score he gave. His decision was misguided yesterday.”

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Why was the scoring for the Roman Gonzalez vs. Juan Francisco Estrada fight controversial?

The comments from Mendoza reflected the opinion of most boxing fans. Scoring in boxing is one of the most controversial aspects. There have been several instances of bad scoring. So what happened in the fight between Roman Gonzalez and Juan Francisco Estrada?

The fight was very close, and either fighter could have won it. And while the two other judges were split between the two fighters by just one round, Sucre’s scorecard showed a landslide victory. This caught the attention of the boxing world.

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According to Sucre’s scorecard, Gonzalez won only three rounds in the fight. Furthermore, he gave Juan Francisco Estrada five rounds over Roman Gonzalez. However, ‘Chocolatito’ arguably won the last three rounds easily.

Therefore, it was evident that Carlos Sucre scored the fight badly. As a result, he will now have to testify and defend his decision in front of a committee. If they find his explanation unsatisfactory, he may face further suspension.

What did you make of the scoring for the fight between Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman Gonzalez? 

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READ: Humble Beginnings to World Championships – 5 Things You Need to Know About Juan Francisco Estrada

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Leonardo Carvalho

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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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