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Controversy Over Hopkins-Pascal Decision, Rematch Likely (Updated)

Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix is reporting that controvesry has engulfed the scoring of the Bernard Hopkins vs. Jean Pascal fight, with the Canadian judge’s scorecard having an altered eighth round score and the Belgain judge’s scorecard having an altered first round scorecard. Both scorecards show evidence of whiteout being used to change the score originally written down. On his twitter Mannix wrote “From what it looks–repeat, looks–like the changes cost Hopkins. But we don’t know the source of the whiteout yet. Officials investigating”. Mannix had earlier claimed that it looked like the original scorecards would have made Hopkins the split decision victory.

This comes after the initial controversy over the scoring, with many having the fight for Bernard Hopkins 114-112. Mannix reports that at the post fight press conference Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer said that they would look into overturning the result legally but did not believe that there had been any corruption in terms of totalling up the scores. Schaefer also said that the WBC plans to order an immediate rematch between Hopkins and Pascal.

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