Props to Referee Russell Mora

Boxing referees often get it wrong. We’ll all seen how referees affect the outcome of the fights. We all saw how Joe Cortez award the title to a battered and bruised Francisco Lorenzo when after Humberto Soto’s punched grazed the back of Lorenzo’s head when while he was down. We all witnessed how Laurence Cole credit Marco Antonio Barrera with a knockdown against Manny Pacquiao when no punch was thrown.

Being a referee isn’t easy. There are a lot of things to be considered. You are so close to the action that sometimes things are more difficult to see.

In the fight between Nonito Donaire and Fernando Montiel, the referee got it perfectly.

After Donaire landed a check hook, Montiel crashed down the mat and started shaking. He tried to get up and failed. By the count of 8, Montiel was still down but he summoned whatever was left of his consciousness and willed himself to get up before Mora could reach the count of 10.

Some referees might have stopped the fight even if Montiel made it to his feet and it would have been perfectly okay. However, Mora knew what was up for grabs in this fight. Montiel is a warrior. He has proven time and again that he is one of the fiercest competitors in the sport. Mora decided to give Montiel the benefit of the doubt but after two more punches from Donaire, Mora wrapped his arms around Montiel to save him from more punishment.

I often write about referees who do terrible jobs. it is but fair for me to give props to one that called the fight perfectly.

Good job Russell Mora. I hope to see you working on more fights.

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    • Andy
    • March 8th, 2011

    I happen to disagree. Russell Mora made a crucial error. One that could have left Fernando Montiel in a world of hurt. Once the left hook connected to Montiel’s head, three things happened that should have immediately put an end to the fight. 1.) As Fernando fell backwards, the back of his head literally bounced off the canvas. If he didn’t have a concussion after the punch, the landing very well could have given him one. 2.) When a guy tries to do the backstoke after being laid out with a punch, I think it is fair to say that he is “out.” I don’t know how else to put it. His body said “let me fight,” but his brain was done. 3.) If we have learned nothing else, lets take a look at the Kostya Tszyu vs. Zab Judah fight. When a fighter gets knocked down (hard), tries to get up, then falls back down again, then that is usually a clear sign to the ref (and to everyone else watching) that this fighter has had enough. Of course any true competitor is going to want to continue, but it is the referee’s job to look out for what is in the best interest of the fighter…which is his health. Montiel was clearly unstable and dazed after he fell back down while trying to get up. Russell Mora should have stopped it there. As we all saw when the fight continued, it was already over. All parties involved are lucky no serious damage was done.

    • I understand where you are coming from. Even the head of the WBC said the same thing. I just agree with what Roy Jones Jr said in the broadcast. if it was any other guy, it should have been stopped. But Montiel was a very good champion and he really tried his best to get up so the referee gave him the benefit of the doubt.

      Thanks for your comment!

    • Hello World
    • April 10th, 2011

    In last night’s fight, Mora looked like he didn’t know what he was doing, and missed a blatant knock down, as well as take away points which seemed harsh from both fighters. Did it affect the result? probably not in this case, but if this was a different fight, it might have been disastrous. He seems to think the fight is about him.

    • I have to agree with you there. When a fighter falls to the canvass, knockdown or otherwise, the referee should stop the action to wipe the gloves of the fallen fighter or count for a knockdown. The referee did neither. Let’s just be thankful that his mistakes did not affect the fight that much.

    • Shawn
    • August 14th, 2011

    Russell Mora is an absolute DISGRACE to boxing referees everywhere.

    • Agreed. What he did was a total disgrace. There’s no defending it whatsoever. The fact that he tried to deny it was worse.

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