John Conteh vs Jesse Burnett

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John Conteh vs Jesse Burnett
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Date: 
Monday, April 9, 1979
Rounds Scheduled: 
10
Referee: 

Official Judging
Harry Gibbs 98 - 98

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Fight Notes: 

"Former world light heavyweight champion John Conteh of Britain was held to a draw over 10 rounds Monday by veteran Californian Jesse Burnett. Burnett looked unlucky not to get the decision in front of 1,000 dinner-jacketed fans at the Anglo-American Sporting Club here. He knocked Conteh down in the 1st and 8th rounds. Referee Harry Levene's draw decision was roundly booed by the crowd, and Burnett was given an ovation by the spectators. Burnett, 33, caught his 27 year old opponent with a superb left hook to the head at the end of the first round. Conteh was saved by the bell and survived the next round on wobbly legs, as the American surprisingly backed off. Both men finished strongly but it was still a surprise when referee Levene lifted both fighters' hands together." -Associated Press

Burnett suffered a broken right hand during this bout, which sidelined him for several months.

Conteh had a bout scheduled against Pete McIntyre for London on May 1st, which never materialized.

The AP report repeatedly referred to the referee as Harry Levene. However, Harry Gibbs was the referee of this contest and Harry Levene was a British promoter.




Fan Cards: John Conteh vs Jesse Burnett


scorecard by CHRIS M95
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JOHN CONTEH
8
9
9
9
9
10
9
8
10
9
90
JESSE BURNETT
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
9
10
98


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Chris M95's picture

im usually the last one to be calling fights robberies unless its clearly warrants it and its hard to make a case here that Conteh didnt escape with a gift

swing rds 3,9 rd 3 very little to split them Burnett may have been a little busier in 9 Burnett power shots and right to Conteh's head were too sporadic and Conteh was able to out work him with a much more educated left hand
rd 6 which i gave Conteh it was Burnett who landed the single hardest shot that appeared to stun Conteh and followed that up with another hook but over the course of round Conteh cut into that lead with body punching, stiff jabs and this one flurry near centre ring with right to the head, body shot finishing with a landed jab and later closing catching Burnett on the ropes with a crushing body shot and uppercut right as ref Harry Gibbs was yelling at the time keeper for a louder bell at the end of the rd after the 10 secs clap

rd 1 yes Conteh on a delayed reaction got on "the seat of of his pants" after the bell but the shot that dropped him clearly appeared to land before the bell

and i get it wasnt judged by 3 official scorers who could have helped clear out the controversy but the ref shoulda been able to do a more competent job i felt given that even in the most of the competitive rds Burnett seemed to have a close but clear edge catching Conteh with more of the cleanest power punches and multiple counters even in rds where both fighters didnt appear to being doing a whole lot and taking less in return