This is a fight wherein the referee is busier than the fighters.
Referee Tony Weeks earned his paycheck the hardest way. It’s a boring fight. I think many would agree with that claim.
In Round 9, I decided to count how many times referee weeks says “stop! stop! stop!…” He said the word “stop” 50 times and he separated Mickey Bey and Miguel Vazquez 15 times.
Both fighters were hesitant to get countered. Every time Vazquez throws a punch, either it landed or not, he’ll go for a clinch. The same goes for Bey, who tried to counter punch. Every time Vazquez lunged in, he’ll immediately go for a clinch too. And then the referee jumped in to separate them. This has been the pattern of the fight from Round 1 to 12.
Capping the awful fight is the outrageous judging. The scorecards were 113-115, 119-109 and 115-113. Mickey Bey for the split decision victory taking the lightweight title.