REGULARS to the site will know all about the betting dispute over Anthony Joshua's second-round win over Matt Skelton on Saturday night.
Joshua was heavily tipped on this site to win in the second round and did so. Ladbrokes were biggest price at 2-5 but there was a furore when they voided bets because the bout had been rescheduled to six rounds instead of eight.
Bookies rules clearly state if there is a change then bets placed before the alteration will be voided. This, of course, seemed unfair to dozens of punters who missed out on several thousand pounds in payouts.
Most bookies did settle bets but anger was directed towards Ladbrokes for their stance. My opinion was the decision, while being within their rules, was unfair especially when everyone and raaljaca's dog knew the fight wouldn't go the distance.
Thankfully and to their credit Ladbrokes have listened to my side of the argument and have now decided to pay out and take a look at the rule book.
A Ladbrokes spokesman told me: “Despite our rules stating if the length of a fight is changed all round bets are void, which is the fairest way of dealing with this sort of situation overall, we understand this is the most favourable thing to do for customers.
“We are reliant on broadcasters alerting us to any change in fight length as soon as possible and given the possibility of this happening again while Joshua continues to fight a similar calibre of opponent we will be mindful of making sure customers are informed of where they stand with bets before the fight as well as considering a change to our rules.
“we are of course paying out on the round 1/2 bets as well. Any customer who placed the bet in the shops can take their slip for collection as usual and if there are any problems please contact Mr Fixit who will pass on the details to us.”
Account holders will be credited with winnings automatically and shop customers shouldn't have any problems collecting. If anyone has a problem ask them to contact traders and if the problem persists comment on the end of this article with the name of the shop and I'll sort it out.
Over the years I've clawed back thousands of pounds for punters in cases such as this – through the column and the Daily Record – and where possible and when I believe there is a genuine case for complaint I will continue to fight for justice
This proves bookies – including giants such as Ladbrokes – will listen to customers and I hope that's accepted.