The match between Tim Bresnan and Rustam Babayev at the last Vendetta All Stars 50 is the subject of lively discussions on social networks today. Record in the number of fouls, the duel caused a flurry of ambiguous comments about the refereeing. We talked about this with Igor Mazurenko. ()
Igor, in a conversation with Tim Bresnan, you called his loss to Rustam Babayev on fouls “strange”. This definition is not very similar to the constructive analysis of the match you usually do. Please tell us what did you mean?
Firstly, I am not the only one to whom this match, in which none of the athletes have managed to pin his opponent, seemed, to put it mildly, unusual. For me, his “oddity” is primarily how far the result contrasts with the skill and level of the participants. Usually, losing by fouls is a consequence of the inexperience of an athlete, lack of work at the table. In this situation, it is difficult to call any of the participants not experienced enough. Therefore, this match is of great interest from the point of view of sports science and is subject to detailed analysis. Blaming refereeing on all would be incorrect.
But users of social networks have a slightly different opinion. Most argue that the referee was overly picky.
From the point of view of following the “letter of the law”, I have no complaints about the referee of this fight. The level of the match, the general atmosphere in the room, the nature of the foul situations, the need to instantly make a decision, simply did not leave room for any compromises.
What do you mean by the “nature of the foul situations”?
To begin with, the fouls, which decided the outcome of the fight, were of two types. Those were public’s favorite elbow fouls, as well as fouls associated with the grip setup - a violation of the referee’s grip and an early start.
As for elbow fouls, everything is more or less simple. Violation can always be checked on video from the elbow cameras. Despite Tim's experience, elbow fouls occasionally play a cruel joke with him.