By Zach Arnold | January 3, 2014
There was a Friday Night Fight event with Mike Tyson as the promotional front man at the Target Center in Minneapolis. Todd Grisham and Teddy Atlas worked the show since Joe Tessitore was busy with the Clemson/Ohio State Orange Bowl game in Miami.
Minnesota’s boxing commission has never had a stellar record for regulation but tonight was atrocious. In a bout between Super Middleweights Caleb Truax and Ossie Duran, it went the distance and was scored an ugly 95-95 draw. That was lousy.
But it came nowhere come to the finish for the main event for the IBF Super Featherweight title between Rances Barthelemy and Argenis Mendez. Barthelemy rocked Mendez, put him down to the canvas once, and then as the bell rang to end round two… Barthelemy hit Mendez two times after the bell rang twice and knocked him out. Midwest referee Pete Podgorski stepped in way too late and treated the blows as if they were legal. Barthelemy won.
And the flood of anger began.
Not even a question. So late. Complete DQ. Fucking Minnesota.
— Fight_Ghost (@Fight_Ghost) January 4, 2014
What shitty reffing. Not only was he not in close to the fighters at the end of the round, but he gives a brutally KO'd fighter a count.
— caposa (@GrabakaHitman) January 4, 2014
The referee was nowhere NEAR the fighters to even try and break things at the bell. Awful. Minnesota. The new Michigan. #boxing
— Mark E. Ortega (@MarkEOrtega) January 4, 2014
Referee's are trained, that when that 10 second warning is struck, to start hovering around the fighters to stop late punches… #boxing
— Steve Kim (@stevemaxboxing) January 4, 2014
Steve Smoger feels Pete Podgorski stepped in there on time. #kirklandtapia
— David Greisman (@fightingwords2) January 4, 2014
Some are calling for Barthelemy to be DQ'd, but that wouldn't be right. Up to ref to be in position to break up action; Podgorski failed.
— Jake Donovan (@JakeNDaBox) January 4, 2014
"It's ok b/c he would have won anyway" is a stupid argument. There are rules. We live in a society.
— Scott (@scottchristBLH) January 4, 2014
Bernardo Osuna said that the referee “wasn’t available” to give a statement after the fight.