Britain’s reputation as fair fight venue ‘has gone up in smoke’ claims Frampton

Carl Frampton fears for British boxing’s reputation after another controversial decision.

‘The Jackal’, like a host of fans and educated pundits, watched on in ‘disbelief’ as Lewis Ritson was awarded points victory over Miguel Vazquez in England just over a week ago.

Indeed, the three weight world title hopeful claims decision to award victory to the Newcastle favourite was ‘one of the worst decisions’ he has ever seen.

Speaking in his popular Sunday Life column the Belfast fighter also pointed out such bemusing scoring has become more common over the last 10 years.

As a result he claims the reputation of British boxing has been damaged to the extreme.

“It used to be that British boxing was renowned across the world for giving fighters a fair shout, but now, sadly, it seems that reputation has gone up in smoke,” Frampton said in his column.

“Over the past decade or so there have been far too many scorecards in the UK that have had people rolling their eyes in disbelief, and last weekend I witnessed one of the worst decisions in my lifetime when Miguel Vasquez was robbed blind,” he adds.

Both Terry O’Connor and Michael Alexander scored the fight for Lewis Ritson, 117-111 and 115-113 respectively, while Marcus McDonnell had it 116-113 for Vasquez. The reaction on social media was crazy, and rightly so.”

The shows promoter Eddie Hearn agreed with Frampton’s assertion the away fighter should have won.

“Watching from home and felt Vazquez deserved the win there,” Hearn tweeted.

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com