Jeff Horn’s camp welcomes WBO rescoring of his win
JEFF Horn's camp has welcomed a rescoring of his controversial win over Manny Pacquiao by five independent judges, but promoter Dean Lonergan has lashed out at commentator Teddy Atlas by threatening to scupper a rematch if he is involved in the broadcast.
Atlas was the most vocal critic of the judges scoring the bout 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113 to Horn, ensuring the Australian claimed Pacquiao's WBO welterweight title in one of the most stunning upsets in boxing history last Sunday.
Pacquiao and his camp, along with the Philippines Games and Amusements Board's (GAB), demanded the scoring be investigated.
While the WBO cannot overturn the decision, they have curiously agreed to appoint five judges to individually score the fight on replay, and tabulate the combined opinions of which fighter won each round for a new score.
Lonergan, Horn's promoter, responded to the news with confidence.
"If the WBO chooses to do that, it will just confirm that the two judges who scored it 115-113 to Jeff Horn got it right, they made the correct decision," Lonergan told The Saturday Telegraph.
Longergan then took aim at veteran ESPN broadcaster Atlas, who was ringside for the fight and blasted the decision while also starting his post-fight interview with Horn by telling the new champion that he'd lost the bout.
"A big reason the American people are questioning the result of the fight is that Teddy Atlas was simply biased in his commentary," Lonergan said.
"If Manny decides he wants the rematch, and ESPN is the broadcaster, I will do everything in my power to make sure Teddy Atlas is banned from the commentary team.
"And if that doesn't work, I will lobby the Immigration Minister Peter Dutton not to allow Teddy Atlas through our border.
"Teddy Atlas has his head so far up Manny's arse, he's going to need a long shower when he finally pulls it out. He should stay within the United States with fellow loudmouth Donald Trump.
"If Teddy Atlas was a Sesame Street character, he'd be Oscar the Grouch.
"Have a look at Atlas' commentary partner Timothy Bradley, who praised Horn's effort throughout.
"Even though he thought Manny got the decision, Bradley was balanced in his views and intelligent in his phrasing, and admitted that Horn did what no other fighter could do including Bradley himself, which was to back Manny up."
WBO president Francisco Valcarcel defended the three judges of the fight, Waleksa Roldan, Chris Flores and Ramon Cerdan as "professional, distinguished, honest and honourable human beings" but has agreed to the demands of Pacquiao and the GAB to rescore the contest.
"I would be very grateful if the GAB can provide any evidence indicating fraud or violation of law," Valcarcel said.
"The purpose of this review is to be able to give the fans certainty of who was the winner of the bout, even though we do not have the power to reverse the decision of the judges.
"Five anonymous judges will review the bout, assigning their own scores to rounds.
"Then, we will tabulate the results to ascertain clearly which rounds each fighter won using an average scale based on 60, 80 and 100 per cent," Valcarcel said.
"This means that three of the five officials have to agree to determine which fighter won the round."
Even if the five judges decide Pacquiao won the fight, the official result will still stand and Horn will retain the championship belt.
It's expected that a rematch between Horn and Pacquiao will take place in November.