Boxing Referee judge Dan Nunoo-Mensah is advocating for more Ghanaian ring officials to be used when Ghanaian boxers are engaged in big international bouts.
He made the comments after Ghana’s Obodai Sai lost his Commonwealth light middleweight title to challenger Jamie Cox in the UK last Friday.
Post-fight reports indicate that Sai opened cuts above the Brit’s eye in the second
round and one above the right eye in the sixth round.
Cox was also deducted a point in the fifth and 12th rounds for low blows but still won the
Judge Richard James Davies scored the bout 113-115, Judge Ian John-Lewis scored it 112-114 while Judge Marcus McDonnell made it 113-114 to hand Jamie Cox a unanimous decision.
Speaking to Joy Sports’ Nathaniel Attoh, Referee Nunoo-Mensah said “we have been talking about these issues for some time now on various networks. I am not saying Ghanaian judges should be appointed so they can cheat for our boxers but their presence on the judging panel deters their foreign colleagues from such bad practices.”
According to the WBC, WBO and ABU referee judge, he watched the bout and scored it. “Obodai won the bout by two rounds,” he said.
The young boxer who is a product of the national amateur boxing team, the Black Bombers turned professional in 2008 and became the national light middleweight champion the next year.
He defended it successfully three times before going ahead to win the Commonwealth title some two months ago in Accra.
This loss not only cost the Ghanaian his Commonwealth title but gave him the first loss of his career which had recorded 15 straight wins until last Friday.
Sai’s case comes only weeks after former world champion Joseph Agbeko lost a world title bout due to biased officiating in the US, which has eventually resulted in the ordering of a rematch by the International Boxing Federation (IBF).
Play the attached audio for excerpts of the interview