In another horrible referring job this year, Laurence Cole totally screwed up during the Adrien Broner-Marcos Maidana fight.
Maidana was deducted for a head-butt in a later round and rightfully so. Where Cole failed was the constant elbows, forearms and pushing that Broner did as in all of Broner’s fights. Cole even failed to deduct a point away from Broner when Broner landed a monstrous shot on Maidana after the bell in the eleventh round.
Even though Maidana did not need the help as he was ahead on the scorecards it’s tit for tat.
A referee is supposed to be neutral. They are supposed to keep order on both sides and not allow one side get away with “cheating” and not the other. Cole repeatedly gave Broner numerous warnings but the amount of warning he gave was ridiculous.
This is the first time I have seen Cole drop the ball but it seems just as bad as the job Steve Smoger did in the Bernard Hopkins-Karo Murat fight. It is a disgrace to the sport and a disservice to the fighters who put their lives on the line when they step into the ring.