I do not know Deon Dwarte. He must be a very capable referee, otherwise he may not get the nod. In addition, I am not questioning his “fairness”.
When he judged the Caballero-Mathebula fight in Panama back in April of 2009, Dwarte was the only judge that gave the fight to Mathebula. (116-112) The other two, Hector Afu and Patricia Morse Jarman gave it to Caballero with the same scores.
In February of the same year when Nate Campbell beat another South African, Ali Funeka by a very close majority decision, Russel Benoit scored it 114-112 and Michel Pernick score it 115-111 for Campbell. Dwarte could not bring himself to give it to Campbell and scored it a draw, 113-113.
Does that tell us something about where the loyalty of Dwarte lies?
The fact that the Donaire-Mathebula tiff is a huge title fight, a unification at that, Tucker should have used some form of “delicadeza”, finest if you may, to avoid doubts about “fairness” in judging.
If the fight ends in yet another split decision win for the South African, with Dwarte voting for Mathebula, then people will be crying about another “Pacquiao-Bradley incident”.
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