Veteran boxing judge Herb Santos is the latest boxing official whose scorecard has come under intense (and as I will show) extremely unfair scrutiny from the so-called boxing experts. Despite being in the majority of choosing the eventual winner of the fight, Santos’ scoring of the recent J’Leon Love – Gabriel Rosado NABF Middleweight title fight in Las Vegas on May 4, 2013 has been the subject of discussion on many social media sites related to boxing.
If there was ever a judge who didn’t need defending, it would be Herb Santos. A practicing attorney in the state of Nevada since 1964, Santos has been a professional boxing judge since 1978 and has judged 18 world title fights. Yet his score of 97-92 in favor of J’Leon Love has been ridiculed as “absurd” and “unfair” by many in the boxing media.
The old adage, “the devils in the details” certainly applies to Herb Santos’ scorecard in this fight. Despite his seemingly overwhelming favoring of J’Leon Love during the fight, one must thoroughly inspect his scorecard on a round-by-round basis in order to fully judge the accuracy of Santos’ scoring.