WBO Rules Jaime Munguia Defeated Dennis Hogan After Five-Judge Panel Reviewed Fight

Dennis Hogan's request for the WBO to look into the judging of his fight against Jaime Munguia resulted in the organization upholding the fight's original result.

After Munguia retained his WBO junior middleweight world title against Hogan by majority decision (116-112, 115-113, 114-114) on April 13, Hogan's team wanted a review of the fight. The organization obliged and had a panel of five independent judges score the fight to determine the winner. The judges came from different countries across the world excluding Mexico and Australia.

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The result of that five-person panel was that Munguia did win the fight with an average score of 115-113 in favor of the Mexican.

Breaking down the scores of each panel, the three judges from April 13 had Munguia winning rounds three, five, six and 12 across all three scorecards. Munguia was also victorious in rounds one, seven and nine on two of the three scorecards while Hogan unanimously won rounds eight and 10 and won rounds two, four and 11 on two of the three scorecards.

The five-judge panel the WBO requested to look at the fight had slightly different manners of scoring the fight. Munguia had only won rounds three, five and six unanimously while four of the five judges had Munguia winning the 12th round and three of the five judges had Munguia winning rounds two, seven and nine.

As far as the breakdown for rounds in favor of Hogan from the five judges goes, all five judges agreed that Hogan won rounds one, eight, 10 and 11 then won round four on three of the five scorecards.

Tabulating all the scores and putting together one scorecard in which the round was judged based on who won the rounds on a majority of the five-judge panel, Munguia came out on top with a 115-113 score.

Combining the eight scores of the judges who had scored the fight, Munguia won rounds three, five and six across the board while he won the final round on seven of the eight scorecards, and then rounds seven and nine on five of the eight scorecards.

For Hogan, he got the nod from all eight judges in rounds eight and 10, followed by round 11 with seven of the judges scoring in favor of him, then six judges scoring the first round in favor of him and then won the fourth round on five of the eight scorecards. The second round was split down the middle with four judges giving it to both Munguia and Hogan each. Calculating a score from the eight judges would mean Munguia still retained the title with a 115-114 score if the second round were to be a 10-10 round.

This process of review is fair, but it does hold some precedence. Back in 2017, a five-judge panel reviewed the Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn fight for the WBO welterweight title that Horn won with a controversial decision. The decision from that five-judge panel ruled that Horn was the more deserving winner.

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