Three NJ Boxing Judges Get Suspension

Paul William-Erislandy LaraState Athletic Control Board of New Jersey got an unparalleled disciplinary measure to address the contentious scoring of the Paul William-Erislandy Lara battle Saturday night in Atlantic City.

Commissioner Aaron Davis confirmed in a letter that the SACB, which controls boxing and joined martial arts, has indefinitely suspended the three New Jersey-based judges assigned to the 12 round junior middleweight competition.  Al Bennett achieved the battle even (114-114), while Don Givens (116-114) and Hilton Whitaker (115-114) credited Williams with winning a majority choice in the battle he obviously lost.

Bennett was summoned by David, Givens and Whitaker to the office of SACB in Trenton prior this week to watchfully check their round-by-round scoring of the competition, which was televised by HBO.  Although David decided there was not “any evidence of bias, fraud, corruption or incapacity on the part of any of the judges,” everyone will be required to experience more training prior being restored.

The SACB does not have the lawful right to invalidate the official effect, nor could it order a rematch.  Davis refused more remarks, but added in the letter “that a rematch may be warranted.”

Williams got 40-2, 27 KOs, of Augusta, Ga., pointed out after the battle that he does not anticipate to face the Cuban-born Lara who got 15-1-1, 10 Kos in a rematch.

According to, Bennett, of Avenel, started judging professional boxing competition in 1991, and had judged 20 world title battles.

Givens, of Linden, is the least experienced of the suspended judges.  He worked his first pro fight in November 2009, and had not judged a prestigious short time prior to Williams-Lara.

Whitaker, of Orange, has judged seven world championship competitions from working his first fight in July 1996.

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