Moses’ trainer: Ricky Burns got away with a lot of holding and pushing; Khan also fights like that
(Notice the excellent form Ricky Burns is using in holding his opponent Paulus Moses to keep him from punching) By Scott Gilfoid: Nestor Tobias, the trainer for former WBA World lightweight champion Paulus Moses (28-2, 19 KO’s), believes his fighter had little chance to get a decision even going into Moses’ fight against WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (34-2, 9 KO’s), and Moses himself felt he needed a knockout to win the fight. Tobias was put off by all the holding and pushing that Burns was permitted to get away with in the fight.
Tobias told allafricacom “In my opinion, the judges scored the fight before it happened. I don’t say the Hitman [Moses] should have won, but the scorecard was much closer. Ive watched many of Ricky Burns’ fights and he’s always holding and pushing and he gets away with it. Amir Khan also fights like that. This is a British type of boxing.”
Moses said “He did not allow me to do what I wanted. He was holding and pushing all the time.”
So sad that the holding and shoving was allowed. I don’t understand how Burns was allowed to get away with all the god awful holding shoving. Just sad to see in a title fight.
The fight took place at the Braehead Arena, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. The judges scored it 117-111, 120-110 and 119-110, all for the home fighter Burns.
I also agree that Burns deserved the win. However, I did see an awful lot of shoving and holding by Burns that I thought should have been penalized. All total, I think Burns should have lost at least four points for all the holding and shoving he did in the fight. Those four points would have been huge for this fight. It would have turned things around for Moses. But I don’t know why the referee let Burns do the shoving and holding. I mean, to be fair, Burns wasn’t shoving and holding on par with Khan. That guy is in his own league that department in comparison to Burns, but I thought Burns did enough shoving and holding to where he should have lost a lot of points.
If I was the referee, I would have given Burns a warning and and then maybe two more chances and after that the points would be flying out the window. I’d like to think that Burns would have been able to adapt and stop with the shoving and holding, but I don’t know. He might have been knocked out had he not been able to hold Moses to slow down his offense. Moses had a superb right hand and excellent left hook, but Burns kept draping himself on Moses often when he was trying to do his work.