Mullings appeal thrown out
An appeal by Jamaica's Sakima Mullings against his defeat at the hands of Guyana's Clive Atwell in their World Boxing Council/CABOFE Junior welterweight title fight on February 21, in Georgetown, Guyana, has been thrown out by a special committee that
was appointed by the Fight Supervisor Peter Abdool, to review the fight.
Mullings had complained that several questionable calls by referee Eion Jardine, had robbed him of victory.
Mullings lost by split decision, with judge McKenzie Granger from Trinidad scoring the fight 117-113 for Atwell, judge Francis Abraham from Guyana scoring it 117-111 also for Atwell and judge Clifford Brown from Jamaica scoring it 115-113 for Mullings.
Mullings had complained that first, a cut he suffered in round six was from a head butt, and not a legal punch as ruled by referee Jardine. Second, that Atwell suffered a knock-down that was ruled a slip, and third, that Atwell engaged in constant holding, without receiving a warning or point deduction by the referee.
Point deductions for all these infringements in accordance with WBC rules, Mullings argued, would have changed the outcome of the fight.
Supervisor Abdool, who
is also the president of the Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE), appointed a special committee to review a tape of the fight, and following this review, the decision was taken to award Mullings an additional point for a knock-down. The decisions of the referee in the other instances were deemed correct and upheld. The tape it was stated, showed that the cut over the left eye suffered by Mullings, was in fact from a legal punch.
As a result of this ruling, the scores of the judges were changed to, Granger 116-113, Abraham 116-111 and Brown 115-112. With regard to the request for a re-match to be ordered, the ruling was, "whilst a re-match would be of great interest to boxing fans across the Caribbean and indeed one to be encouraged, there exists in the circumstances, no justification for the sanctioning body to so mandate."
Reacting to the decision, Mullings told The Sunday Gleaner that although he was disappointed, he would accept the verdict of the commission and move on with his career.