'Judge made a mistake - Burnett's win was unanimous' - Eddie Hearn Ryan Burnett's world bantamweight title victory over Lee Haskins was scored incorrectly, the IBF has said. Burnett, 25, won. Lee Haskins (born 29 January 1983) is a British former professional boxer who competed between 2003 and February 2020. He held the IBF bantamweight title from 2015 to 2017, and the IBF interim title in 2015. At regional level, he held the Commonwealth flyweight title in 2006; the British super-flyweight title from 2008 to 2009; the Commonwealth super-flyweight title in 2009; the British.
There was a train of thought that it was too early for Ryan Burnett. Put that to bed.
The unbeaten 25-year-old scored a 12-round split decision over the vastly more experienced Lee Haskins to claim the IBF bantamweight title in front of a raucous home support at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Saturday.
Official scores were 119-107 twice for Burnett, and a preposterous 118-108 in favor of Haskins. Don’t let the result detract from the facts, however, as the score in favor of Haskins is literally the most ludicrous tally that this reporter has ever seen. Unless American judge Clark Sammartino has made a bizarre error of some sort, he should never work again. And that is no exaggeration.
Burnett (17-0, 9 knockouts) set a wicked pace, overcame two serious eye cuts, floored Haskins twice and essentially had a field day in a virtuoso performance.
“The title is staying in Belfast,” roared Burnett in his post-fight interview with Sky Sports in the U.K. “Haskins is a serious competitor. He hurt me a couple of times but I tried to hide it. I’m world champion and I strongly believe that the best man won on the night.”
The challenger was sharp early. He offered plenty of feints to draw leads from Haskins, which he then countered to good effect on more than one occasion. The right hand landed well, although Haskins, who has seen it all before, worked adeptly out of the southpaw stance and landed some nice left hands to the body.
As is always the danger when orthodox meets southpaw, there was a terrible clash of heads when the fighters threw their backhands simultaneously in Round 2. Blood instantly appeared around the eyes of both men, although Burnett got the worst of it. However, it was still the challenger landing the cleaner blows.
Haskins, known for having an awkward style, was struggling to time the Belfast man. Burnett’s feints, head movement, footwork and broken rhythm were a nightmare to time and that sharp right lead continued to pierce the guard.
Head clashes remained a problem throughout and it is indeed difficult to recall a world title fight with so many of them. The style confrontation was solely responsible for this and there was no intentional butting whatsoever.
In the sixth, Haskins missed with a right hook and backed away from an exchange, shaking his right arm. Distracted, he quickly found himself against the ropes and Burnett scored with a withering overhand right to score the first knockdown. The visitor signaled to his corner that his right arm was bothering him and conveyed the same information in his team between rounds.
As one would expect, Haskins’ punch output began to drop and he was being tagged more frequently as a result. Burnett was a lot sharper, a lot more energetic and he wore the look of a man who would not be denied.
Despite the punishment intensifying in the championship rounds, Haskins was determined to stay the course. He had sporadic success but was mostly beaten to the punch by Burnett who snapped his head back with a huge right in the 10th.
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A swift right lead, left hook combination decked Haskins again in the 11th and he was very close to be being stopped. Only bravery and championship grit got him through his 38th professional contest and the gusty Englishman deserved to hear the final bell.
Burnett was stepping up more than one level tonight. The former British champion had everything his own way in his first 16 outings but hadn’t mixed with anything resembling Haskins, who is a decorated and established professional. Burnett passed this test with flying colors.
Haskins (34-4, 14 KOs) is 33 years old and it will be difficult to bounce back at top level. In an interview with RingTV.com last week, the crafty left-hander sounded extremely content with how his career had panned out and you can’t blame him. A former two-time British, Commonwealth and European champion, and now a former world titleholder. It’s been a wonderful journey for the Bristol man.
Moments after the fight British Boxing Board of Control secretary Robert Smith addressed the scorecard that created so much outrage. “I just couldn’t believe it,” he said. “I haven’t had time to speak to the (Clark Sammartino) which I will do later. The judge in question will not be working in this U.K. again and I will be making the IBF aware of that.”
Both fighters weighed in officially at 117 pounds.
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Ryan Burnett has become Ireland’s newest, and only current, world champion following a dominant win over reigning world champion Lee Haskins.
The North Belfast bantamweight claimed the IBF bantamweight belt with a controlled, aggressive display against Haskins which saw him claim the 118lbs red belt by a wide margin.
Burnett, walking into ‘Another One Bites The Dust’ with the Belfast fans making an incredible noise, looked every bit a world champion from the opening bell.
A cagey start, saw Burnett land with a handful of single shots to take the opening round.
In a messy second, both boxers were cut on the scalp from head clashes, with Burnett receiving the worse wound. With the fists, the Antrim Road man was again landing the shots of note.
25 last month, Burnett was the younger man by some eight years, but was enjoying controlled success in the third before Haskins was warned for hitting on the break and cut on the right brow from another head clash.
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A long right lead from the home fighter had the fans on their feet in the fourth round, before noticeably upping his aggression in the second half of the stanza.
In a scrappy fifth, Burnett would land the counter right well although Haskins was having success on the inside. The Irishman would complain following another head clash, but looked to be up on the cards as the bout approached half-way.
The reigning champion would become more aggressive in the sixth round but he would be forced to the ropes by Burnett who floored him with a massive right hook. Haskins rose, looking the worst for wear but managed to survive the Burnett assault, even catching the challenger with a short uppercut on the bell.
Burnett would dominate the early part of the seventh, a round which seemed to fizzle out somewhat as it went on.
Haskins landed some solid shots during the eighth, but a strong finish to the round from Burnett had the Englishman starting to look like a spent force.
Burnett was given a stern warning for use of the head in the ninth, and did ship one big shot from Haskins, but the Ulsterman was landing a far greater number of punches.
The Belfast boy would rock Haskins again early in the tenth, and then again in the final minute, with Haskins looking to be on his last legs
Going into the championship rounds, a quiet eleventh would spring into life as Haskins hit the canvas following a barrage of shots, although he claimed the shot which sent him down was actually a push. The Bristolian rose but was subject to a ferocious attack from Burnett, who almost sent him through the ropes, before the bell intervened.
With Haskins needing a knockout, Burnett would ease his way through the final stanza to seal a famous win.
Going to the cards after a competitive, albeit on reflection one-sided fight, Burnett was awarded the win and the IBF bantamweight title with scorelines of 119:107, 118:108, 119:107 – although there was initial confusion with the fight being announced as a split decision. It is assumed that that the 118:108 card in favour of Haskins from judge Clark Sammartino was intended for Burnett as the Irishman, incorrectly, fought out of the blue corner.
The victory sees world champion Ryan Burnett improve his record to 17(9)-0, while Lee Haskins drops to 34(14)-4(3)