By Kevin Perry
It’s no secret that referee Laurence Cole made a huge mistake as the referee for Juan Manuel Marquez’s last bout on HBO versus Jimrex Jaca.
Late in the fight after an accidental clash of heads that left Marquez with a nasty cut over his eye, Laurence Cole told Marquez that he was ahead on the cards. This has caused a bit of controversy because Cole had no right to tell the fighter he was ahead, and how did he know the score of the contest? This blunder could lead the Texas State of Liscencing and Regulation to suspend Laurence Cole.
I have observed a number of Coles fights and from my observation Cole has been incompetent in a number of bouts. He makes crucial errors in fights and finally he will be held accountable. Referees who make crucial errors yet continue to be assigned big fights are a scar to the game. The same accountability should be applied to judges who score unfavorable decisions. Click the link to read the story regarding Laurence Cole that appears on Ringtalk.com
The worst officials in boxing in no particular order
- Referee Laurence Cole
- Referee Vic Drakulich
- Judge Guy Jutras
- Judge Anel Hongtongkam
No official suspension has been confirmed at this time