Last Saturday night, American referee Tony Weeks stopped the Isaac Dogboe vs. Cesar Juarez fight in the fifth round moments after the latter was dropped for the second time at the Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra.
That judgement has not gone down well with the Mexican’s camp who have since been lashing out at the referee.
They claim Juarez was hampered in his ability to capture the World Boxing Organization’s interim-super bantamweight title in the fight against Dogboe.
Juarez was down in the second round and then went down again in the fifth. After the second knockdown, Weeks waved off the contest and the 23-year-old Ghanaian secured a mandatory shot at full WBO champion Jessie Magdaleno, his one-time sparring partner.
The Juarez camp maintain Weeks failed to give him a count after the second knockdown, claiming the referee acted unethical to the extent that the Mexican fighter is considering a move to submit a protest with the WBO in the coming days.
GHOne TV’s Samuel Fifi Bartels, who was the commentator on the night, caught up with Weeks to explain his decision. According to him, he determined that Corazone’s safety was at risk hence the judgement call.
“You know fighters have the right to complain but I evaluated him, he was struggling to get up,” he said.
“When you look at the replay when he finally got to his feet, he wasn’t stable and as a referee, my job is to protect the fighter. And nothing goes above the safety of the fighter.
“And so once I saw him going down and struggling to get up. And when he finally got on his feet, he didn’t have speed under him. He stumbled and I had to grab him. I can say that he was taking some good shots throughout the fight and I don’t think he ever fully recovered from the first knockdown,” Weeks further explained.
You can also watch Dogboe speak on the fight here.