Fans calling for an investigation of the dubious judging resulting in Timothy Bradley getting a split decision win over Manny Pacquiao last night in Las Vegas are likely to be out of luck. That's because Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer says there's nothing to see here folks, move along.
His actual comments as per The Los Angeles Times follow:
Keith Kizer said he does not anticipate any discipline or review of Ross or Ford.
"Every fighter who loses a close fight looks at the judges," Kizer said. "I think every judge should strive to get better."
This should come as a surprise to no one. After a possibly even worse decision in an April bout between Brandon Rios and Richard Abril, Kizer was equally sanguine when speaking to Bad Left Hook:
"Personally, I didn't see anything wrong with the judging. I think a lot of the rounds were 'carbon copies' of one another so if you didn't appreciate the style of Abril, you were probably going to score the fight somewhat wide for Brandon Rios. If you did think Abril was doing enough, then you probably saw...saw it for Abril by a big margin" Kizer explained.
When asked to clarify if that meant no action for the judges involved, Kizer made it clear that there would be no action taken. "I can see scoring it wide either way. There won't be any action taken as I was there at the fight and don't have any problems with the way the fight was scored. Adalaide Byrd and Glenn Trowbridge (ed note: I didn't clarify with him but I assume he meant Jerry Roth) scored it wide each way. Byrd had nine rounds for Abril, Trowbridge had eight for Rios but they saw the majority of the rounds the same.
Kizer has a long-established track record of refusing to look into controversial decisions, even those that are absurd on their face like Rios-Abril and last night's Pacquiao-Bradley. Kizer's predictability in this regard lets a promoter like Bob Arum complain about a decision that stands to make him a small fortune with little fear that the decision will actually be overturned.