Virginia Attorney General Notice! Korobov Camp Demands Investigation, Two Members of State Boxing Board Illegally Appointed Themselves Judges for Korobov vs. Aleem
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
In a stunning turn of events now addressed by direct letters to Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, Leon Margules, attorney for Sampson Boxing and Team Korobov, has cried foul in regards to the 10 round split decision win for middleweight Matvey Korobov, A Russian fighting out of Florida, which was changed to a 10 round split draw between him and Immanuwel Aleem of Fairfax, Virginia.
Korobov was ranked number 14 contender in the world by the World Boxing Council at the time of the bout on May 11, 2019.
Inexperienced Virginia referee Michelle Myers called Korobov’s fourth-round knockdown of Aleem incorrectly a slip, which affected scoring. More relevant, in a press release by Sampson Boxing Public Relations spokesperson Andre Courtemanche, Margules points out a serious conflict of interest in two of the Virginia-based judges, Brian Costello and Mark D’Attilio, who both ruled the bout a draw at 95-95, are members of the state’s Boxing, Martial Arts, and Professional Wrestling Advisory Board responsible for selecting each fight’s judges and licensing fighters. Costello, in fact, is the Board’s Chairperson. In effect, Costello and D’Attilio appointed themselves, which is illegal, as well as appointing themselves to favor a Virginia boxer over a non-Virginia boxer, also illegal.
In illegal effect, in what could evolve into a controversial No-Contest, two members of the body responsible for appointing a fight’s judges appointed themselves and a relatively inexperienced referee (Michelle Myers), all three officials from Virginia, to officiate a nationally televised bout featuring a fighter from their home state, against Korobov, a Russian living in Florida. Margules then questioned why, of three televised fights, was this the only one carried out with non-neutral officials.
The Virginia Boxing, Martial Arts, and Professional Wrestling Advisory Board the state’s Boxing, Martial Arts, and Professional Wrestling Advisory Board has yet to rule on the Korobov camp appeal, of the bout’s verdict, all the more shocking since, again, one of the judges, Brian Costello, is, in fact, the chairman of the board, and there is no evidence he has excused himself from ruling on the appeal.