Edward Heno had just had one of his best performances of his young career to claim the vacant Oriental Pacific Boxing Federation’s Light Flyweight belt on Sunday evening.
That is, until the governing body overturned the decision less than 24 hours due to a scoring mishap.
The Baguio City-based Heno (10-0-5, 4KOs) had to settle with a majority draw after the governing body corrected an error in computing the scores of his 12-round title fight with Okinawan Seita Ogido (11-2-3, 3KOs), dropping the scorecards to 114-114, 114-114, 116-112.
“The decision was changed due to a wrong computation on one of the judge’s scorecards. [Naging] majority Draw na and the title is still vacant,” promoter Anson Tiu Co told Tiebreaker Times.
Coming off a stoppage win last March to win the Philippine Boxing Federation’s 108-pound belt, Heno fought tooth-and-nail against Ogido. Heno did enough damage to the hometown favorite, resulting in a swollen face and a near-shut right eye.
With the result, Tiu Co expressed disappointment with what transpired and is eyeing a rematch on neutral grounds.
“He has been working really hard leading to this fight,” Tiu Co lamented. “He has been always eager to improve himself and to prove to his coaches that he is wanting more.”