When I first started this site I thought it'd be a bit of fun and whilst the main of the site is meant to be fun and cheery part of it sadly aren't that fun. One of the least fun bits is feeling that the sport of boxing is laughing at us, the fans. Sadly however the fact Juergen Langos is still in the sport really does show that the sport likes to laugh at up.

A few months ago I did the first "Officially inept" and looked at Juergen Langos after he had made 2 appalling judging decisions. Those decisions, favouring both Goekalp Oezekler (over Mouez Fhima) and Alexander Alekseev (over Firat Arslan) were both against popular wisdom and were both sadly linked to Langos' "Facebook Friends" (Alexseev was a direct friend whilst Oezekler's trainer-Oktay Urkal, was a friend). Whether it was corruption or not, it looked dodgy.

You would have assumed, after we'd pointed that out, that somebody would have gone "wait a minute, lets not have Langos involved with either of those fighters in the future". Sadly however, Langos will be the referee this weekend when Goekalp Oezekler faces Albert Ayrapetyan in a bout for the German International Middleweight title (I'm not going to get started on how a Turk can face a Russian for a "German title").

Whilst Oezekler is 13-1 (6) and we've only got concrete proof that Langos was involved in 1 of those 14 bouts, we do find it suspicious that he's being given a role in another Oezekler fight so soon after his favourable judging display last time out.

Away from the business with Oezekler we've also been made away of other controversial issues with Langos, and trust me there are numerous issues, so lets just look at this short list of "Juergen Langos' memorable officiating moments":
  1. Stopping Danny Williams v Manuel Charr-I've really no idea why he stopped this
  2. Scoring Roy Jones Jr v Pawel Glazewski-96-94 to Jones was a joke, even more so when you remember Jones was dropped hard in round 6, meaning Langos must have given a 10-10 round at some point.
  3. Johnathon Banks v Jason Gavern-Langos failed to rule a knockdown scored by Banks which ultimately cost him the bout.

    Whilst I won't say that Langos is the worst referee or judge in the business, he certainly isn't up there with the best. If I was connected to Albert Ayrapetyan I would have made a big, big deal out of Langos' previous involvement in a Oezekler fight, though hopefully the Russian will be able to fight his style with out Langos interfering when Oezekler gets hit.

 
We, as boxing fans, know that referees have a hard task, we forgive them for making an occasional mistake, we know they aren't perfect. Despite this we aren't willing to put up with what appears to be complete incompetence such as that shown recently when Austrian referee Ernst Salzgeber was the 3rd man in the ring as Richard Towers and Gregory Tony traded blows.

Salzgeber is genuinely a very experienced official who has refereed well over 150 bouts since 2004 including a number of international title bouts. Instead of using his years of experience he seemed to completely forget what he was in the ring to do and allowed British Heavyweight Richard Towers to take a sustained beating before breaking the action on a number of occasions. As you can see in the video below, this fight should have been stopped on at least 2 occasions in this one round alone.
Whilst Towers would eventually recover and win the bout (after Tony retired with a damaged hand) he shouldn't have the W on his record. The mistakes made by Ernst Salzgeber in this round alone cost Tony the win and cost the fans in attendance the correct result. I'm afraid to say that this sort of incompetence shouldn't be allowed in the ring, in fact if I was a fighter I'd be very afraid of Salzgeber either robbing me of a victory (as he did to Tony) or allowing me (or my opponent) to be seriously hurt. This is a dangerous enough sport, we don't need referees forgetting that part of their job is to "protect the fighters".
 
If a judge scores 1 bad card in a night we're often unhappy but when a judge scores 2 bad cards in the same we, here at www.weirdboxing.info need to make an example and include that judge into our "Officially Inept" hall of shame. What makes Juergen Langos stand out even more is that he actually filled in poor cards in consecutive bouts! AND worse yet seems to be friends with one of the fighters he favoured!

Firstly Langos scored the WBC Mediterranean middleweight title bout between Goekalp Oezekler and Mouez Fhima. In that bout he felt Oezekler won by a score of 115-114 and helped Oezekler to a very controversial split decision victory despite many neutral observers feeling that Fhima clearly dominated the bout. We at Werid Boxing had score cards of 118-110, 119-109 and 120-108 and Europsport commentators Glen Catley and Steve Holdsworth also felt that Fhima had clearly won the bout.

How Langos managed to score the bout 115-114 is a real mystery to us as he must have had 6 rounds to Oezekler, 5 rounds to Fhima and 1 round evens. No way did Oezekler manage to win more than 3 rounds.

Langos then followed that sham card up with his card in the European Cruiserweight title bout between Alexander Alekseev and veteran Firat Arslan which he scored 116-113 to Alekseev. Whilst this bout much closer than the Oezekler v Fhima bout it was again one that we were struggling to see Alexseev as the winner in.

If truth be told we had Arslan winning a majority decision on our cards with scores of 115-114, 115-113 and 114-114 due to his better work rate in the early rounds. Whilst Alekseev did dominate some of the later rounds he had simply lost too many rounds to make up the difference.

Rather embarrassingly Juergen Langos is Facebook friends with Alexander Alekseev in what is actually a shocking turn of events though an explanation of sorts as to how he managed to have the score card he had. We were disgusted at finding this out and actually feel it brings to light a major issue of boxers and judges being friends and the impartiality of the judging. Even more damning is the fact that Goekalp Oezekler's trainer Otkay Urkal is also "friends" with Juergen Langos. Did Langos do favours for 2 of his friends with the ridiculous score cards he produced or was it a coincidence?

Whilst we can appreciate a judge scoring a close bout either way the simple fact of the matter is that the Oezekler v Fhima bout wasn't close and the Arslan v Alekseev bout was simply scored wrong (and the damning light of the Facebook friendship). So Mr Juergen Langos, you are, “Officially Inept”.

Evidence of Mr Langos' friendship with Mr Alekseev can be seen here.