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Boxing Judge Suspended Amid Scorecard Controversy, Racist Tweets

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at August 12, 2021

Topline

Gloria Martinez Rizzo is facing a six-month suspension and possible expulsion as a judge from the World Boxing Association after turning in a highly controversial scorecard in Saturday’s fight between Mykal Fox and Gabriel Maestre, which led to the subsequent discovery of racist tweets from an account believed to belong to Rizzo. 

Key Facts

Most independent observers believed Fox, a Black American who landed a second-round knockdown in the bout, defeated Maestre, who is Venezuelan, but Rizzo scored the fight as a wildly lopsided 117-110 victory for Maestre.

WBA President Gilberto Mendoza told ESPN flatly on Wednesday that Rizzo’s “score was wrong,” adding, “we need to get new judges.” 

Mendoza also stated Rizzo “might be expelled by the WBA” due to “comments she made in the past.”

Mendoza plans to meet with Rizzo in Miami later this week to discuss disciplinary action.

Rizzo, who is reportedly married to WBA executive Ricardo Rizzo, has not yet commented publicly on the situation.

Key Background:

Following the controversy surrounding the bewildering decision Saturday night, racist tweets were unearthed from a Twitter account with the name @GloriaRizz. The account has since been deactivated, but it was tagged by the WBA’s official account in a post announcing Rizzo as “Female Judge of the Year” in 2019. In August of 2020, @GloriaRizz tweeted, “Ok monkey face your time is gone bye bye,” in response to a story about the former First Lady Michelle Obama. Other tweets from the account asserted that LeBron James is “so stupid that the only thing he can do is play basketball, other than that go back to the stable,” appeared to call for the death of Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors and frequently claimed that Joe Biden stole the 2020 presidential election from Donald Trump.

What To Watch For:

Mendoza has ordered a rematch between Maestre and Fox, but a timetable for the bout has not yet been announced.

Tangent:

Fox told ESPN he was “surprised” after learning about the vile tweets. “This sport has introduced me to people from different walks of life,” Fox said. “But I can’t help but wonder if the person that she is outside of boxing affects how she judges boxing. If it weren’t for it being on TV, I’d say this [decision] could do really bad for me. But people around the world witnessed a robbery that night.” 

Further Reading:

WBA suspending judge Gloria Martinez Rizzo after controversial scorecard, discovery of racist tweets (ESPN)

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