Referees were a major topic for the past few weeks with one in particular serving as the focal point after a featherweight world championship.
Roberto Ramirez Sr. was the object of controversy after refereeing the WBO featherweight battle between Orlando Salido and Juan Manuel Lopez on March 10 in Puerto Rico.
Lopez made comments about referee Ramirez’s decision to stop the fight and the WBO organization made an inquiry. Most attacked Lopez for the comments.
Last week, Ramirez was the referee for a female world title fight between WBO junior featherweight titleholder Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton and challenger Yesica Marcos of Argentina. The fight was held on March 16 in Argentina and for some reason it never went to purse bid. The WBO allegedly forced Julaton to fight in South America. Why?
It’s just an observation but referee Ramirez allowed Marcos to walk into the ring with a protective belt that looked as if it was two-inches thick in padding and covered almost her entire abdomen. About one-inch in stomach flesh was visible. Julaton had a protective belt too but it didn’t cover anything above her belly button as mandated by most legitimate boxing organizations. So why was Marcos allowed to fight with that contraption wrapped around her?
During the fight, any time Julaton hit Marcos to the body a cry of foul came from the Argentine fighter’s corner. The referee would turn and acknowledge their cries and warn Julaton for hitting below the belt. That’s where the problem was. The belt covered Marcos’ entire abdomen. That was illegal and should not have been allowed. Ramirez is at clearly at fault in my opinion. He should have allowed Julaton to hit her on that protective belt that was pulled up too high, but did not.
Marcos won the fight by decision and fought well. But basically Julaton was handicapped by not being able to attack Marcos body. Every time she did she was given a warning and in one instance the referee Ramirez deducted a point from Julaton. It was definitely, in my opinion, hometown cooking. Maybe Ramirez was intimidated by the large Argentine crowd?
It also was poor refereeing from the start.
Anytime a referee gives an advantage to a fighter he’s doing a bad job.
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