Was Joe Cortez the worst referee in the history of boxing?

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  1. Perkin Warbeck

    Perkin Warbeck Sextus Julius Severus Full Member

    Nov 4, 2017
  2. DirtyDan

    DirtyDan Worst Poster of 2015 Full Member

    Oct 30, 2011
    The man took a point away from Maidana for accidently elbowing him. Is that even part of the rules?
  3. PhillyPhan69

    PhillyPhan69 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Dec 20, 2006
    No not the worst, but he is among my least favorites. He invades the camera and the fight as much as anyone I have ever seen. He is not consistent in what he allows to take place among other flaws. But somebody must think he was good or he had some nice connections…he sure reffed a lot of high profile fights.
  4. Journeyman92

    Journeyman92 Resident Gadfly Full Member

    Sep 22, 2021
    I love the face of pure enjoyment he has when a guy is getting lit up. He seems like a blood lusted fan more then a ref at times.
  5. Richard M Murrieta

    Richard M Murrieta Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jul 16, 2019
    Referee Joe Cortez always quoted, I am Firm But Fair. Sounded like he was trying to reassure himself.
  6. McGrain

    McGrain Diamond Dog Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2007
    Laurence Cole is worse. Worst refereeing performance of the modern era is Russel Mora.

    But none of these guys come close. Referees were sometimes just celebrities back in the day.
  7. Richard M Murrieta

    Richard M Murrieta Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jul 16, 2019
    Referee Octavio Meyran is the bad luck ref, most top boxing stars lost when he refereed their big fights.
  8. FastLeft

    FastLeft Well-Known Member Full Member

    Apr 23, 2022
    on 2nd video the commentator is wrong. Cortez messed it with when he look like he was stopping & then decide not to stop. that is the poor officiate . very bad perform

    but what he does with disqualified is the correct. yes the man was down. this is worst obviously foul. irrelevants how hard the punches is. this in non discipline boxing & can be disqualified . take it on chin accept disqualify. not complaints
  9. Cecil

    Cecil Boxing Addict Full Member

    Mar 22, 2015
    I thought he was shocking in the Hatton v Mayweather fight.
    Now don’t get me wrong Floyd was a couple of levels above Ricky a fight he couldn’t have won.
    However Ricky’s slim chance would have been enhanced if he had been able to get on the inside, but Cortez was pulling Hatton off Floyd virtually before he’d moved in, he simply wasn’t going to allow it.
    Ironically Floyd is comfortable in there anyway so it wouldn’t have made that much difference but Cortez was taking no chances, it stank.
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  10. Themessiah

    Themessiah El Jefe Full Member

    Feb 1, 2021
    He was also looking away during Mayweather vs Ortiz knockdown, surely one of the worst refs ever
  11. Clinton

    Clinton Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jan 22, 2009
    Not even close. Easily the worst, most corrupt and most biased ref I have ever seen is Dave Parriss. He was beyond putrid. Pure crap.
  12. Perkin Warbeck

    Perkin Warbeck Sextus Julius Severus Full Member

    Nov 4, 2017
    Laurence Cole, Ian John-Lewis, Jack Reiss and Joe Cortez are the four worst I've seen.

    I consider Joe Cortez the worst of all time because his terrible officiating goes back to the late 1970s. He has the deepest resume of bad refereeing.
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  13. Saad54

    Saad54 Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Dec 10, 2014
  14. Man_Machine

    Man_Machine Boxing Addict Full Member

    Jun 9, 2010
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  15. The G-Man

    The G-Man Boxing Addict Full Member

    Jul 24, 2020
    Joe O’Neill of Philadelphia.

    Simply for his handling of Michalczewski-Rocchigiani 1.
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