Jones TKO’s Braithwaite

03.09.05 – By Tim Foley: The comeback trail for Wayne Braithwaite hit another roadblock as the ‘Big Truck’ is derailed by a 4th round stoppage to Guillermo Jones in a cruiserweight eliminator. The stoppage was extremely controversial as referee Jim Villers stopped the bout perhaps prematurely..

Referee Jim Villers’ comments after the fight were inexcusable by saying he “would stop the fight again” after seeing the replays. He was very adamant about his decision, yet it seemed the fight did not deserve to be stopped as Braithwaite ducked the two punches prior to the stoppage. As a referee, it is his duty to keep his cool and not engage in arguments, especially during post-fight interviews. He did not do this and seemed to be a little more excited than need be.

Of course, this is a reason why major bouts need to be officiated by experienced officials who have world title experience and have major television fight experience. An experienced referee such as Tony Weeks, Jay Nady, or any of the other major referees would have possibly let the fight go on further noting that Braithwaite was slipping the punches and was not in serious medical danger at that point.

It is great that many cities that normally do not host major fights are doing so recently with the resurgence of boxing in America. Cities like Cleveland, St. Louis, Tampa, etc. are now hosting major title fights and major eliminators, but it is about time to have these cities bring in referees from other states who are more experienced to ensure fewer controversies and fair decisions.

Article posted on 04.09.2005

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