By International Boxing Federation

On Saturday, June 10, 2017 the IBF Bantamweight bout between Lee Haskins and Ryan Burnett held at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Ireland was ruled a split decision victory for Burnett as a result of a error with the scorecards. 

Due to this error, in which one of the scores after each round was recorded on the individual scorecards for the incorrect fighter, the bout was declared a split decision when it should have been ruled a unanimous decision in favor of Burnett. An error of this nature and at this level of the sport should not have occurred.

The IBF carefully considers the officials it recommends for appointment to a bout.  Judge Clark Sammartino has been a member of the IBF for many years and has been a solid, reliable and consistent judge.  He has an active officiating career and has worked at the world-class level. 

The IBF remains committed to recommending qualified and reliable officials to work its sanctioned bouts, and is fully intent on deterring a situation such as this one from occurring again in the future.

IN OTHER NEWS: Owen Jobburn is delighted to be back boxing in his hometown on BCB Promotions’ ‘Pride of the Potteries’ show at Fenton Manor, Stoke, on Saturday, 15th July. The boxing instructor will be looking to dish out another lesson to his opponent when he steps into the ring for his first six round contest.

The 28-year-old feels he has learned a lot from his fellow professionals and his past bouts but he is now hoping for a battle in Staffordshire that will allow him to impress and earn him a shot at a title.

The former soldier has recently started a new job as a boxing instructor and he feels the role has benefitted his training as well as being rewarding for him.

‘Pride of the Potteries’ also features fellow unbeaten Stoke duo Kieron McLaren (lightweight) and Luke Caci (light heavyweight).

Stafford welterweight Rob Hunt, Ludlow’s former Midlands Area Welterweight Champion, Craig Morris, Winsford welterweight, Nathan Clarke, and unbeaten Swadlinocote super lightweight, Connor Parker, complete the card. 

Tickets are priced at £30 for Standard unreserved tickets or £60 VIp Ringside. They are available by calling the boxer direct or 07734 118 041.