Junior lightweight contender Tevin Farmer's team has formally requested that the IBF order a rematch with Kenichi Ogawa in the wake of Ogawa's highly controversial decision victory.
Farmer and Ogawa met for a vacant 130-pound world title on Dec. 9 on an HBO-televised card at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. When the fight was over, most viewed Farmer as the clear winner, but Ogawa was awarded a split decision victory.
Two judges scored the fight for Ogawa by scores of 116-112 and 115-113 while one judge had it 116-112 for Farmer, who appeared to clearly outbox and outpunch Ogawa, especially in the second half of the bout.
Attorney Alex Dombroff, on behalf of Farmer promoter Lou DiBella, sent IBF president Daryl Peoples a letter requesting an immediate rematch and outlining reasons why it should be ordered.
"The basis for this request is the objectively inaccurate judging in the bout and the precedent the IBF has set, having granted immediate rematches in similar circumstances in which doing so was in the interest of fairness," Dombroff wrote. "At its request, the IBF was provided a high definition copy of the Farmer vs. Ogawa bout on December 13."
Dombroff went on to cite example after example of boxing media and industry people who publicly slammed the decision, including members of HBO's broadcast team during the telecast.
Dombroff also cited CompuBox statistics that heavily favored Farmer, even though they subjective and are not used in any official capacity for scoring fights. However, according to CompuBox, Farmer landed 158 of 525 punches (30 percent) and Ogawa connected with 99 of 445 punches (22 percent).
"Of course, the damage done to both Mr. Farmer and (DiBella Entertainment) as a result of the poor judging extends well beyond the bout itself," Dombroff wrote. "HBO had already begun discussions of defenses for Mr. Farmer and discussions of a potential bout between Mr. Farmer and former champion Gervonta Davis (had) gained traction. Those opportunities are presently off the table as a result of the bout. No matter what Mr. Farmer does next, his earning ability has no doubt been negatively impacted due to not being named IBF champion, which he so rightfully earned in the ring.
"DBE is requesting that the IBF rely on the principles of fairness that have before, in similar circumstances, led it to order an immediate rematch. We gently remind the IBF that recently it ordered a rematch of the Milan Melindo vs. Hekkie Budler junior flyweight championship bout, in which bad judging called into question the fairness and correctness of the result."
Farmer (25-5-1, 5 KOs), a 27-year-old southpaw from Philadelphia, and Ogawa (23-1, 17 KOs), 29, of Japan, met for the belt that had been stripped from Davis for failing to make weight for an Aug. 26 title defense on the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor undercard.
Farmer's loss snapped an 18-fight winning streak while Ogawa extended his winning streak to 15 victories in a row.