WORLD BOXING ORGANIZATION REFEREES CLASH ON RETIREMENT AGE

September 3rd, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez

Genaro "Gino" Rodriguez

Genaro “Gino” Rodriguez

SHOULD REFEREES & JUDGES BE FORCED OUT?

San Francisco, CA- People are often heard saying, “That boxer should retire, he’s too darn old.”  We know fighters often stay long past their prime.  That being said, aren’t judges and referees guilty of the same thing?

WBO CHIEF REF: “MANDATORY RETIREMENT”

Gino Rodriguez, the lead referee of the World Boxing Organization last week brought up the fact that at 66 he is contemplating retirement while speaking before the 26th World Boxing Organization Congress in Budapest, Hungary. Gino then asked the other “third men” in the room to take a hard look at leaving the game before they end up embarrassing themselves or blowing a fight.

ENGLAND’S MICKEY VANN OBJECTED!

No sooner than Rodriguez had broached the subject of a referee’s “mandatory” retirement, up jumped spry 70-year old British referee Mickey Vann.  “I still move around real well, have my faculties, therefore I think mandatory retirement is NOT the way to go.”

EDDIE COTTON & HIS “SENIOR MOMENT”

Referee Eddie Cotton, in good shape at 66, was of the opinion that “mandatory” retirement might be the way to go.  “I recently had a senior moment in which I was giving an eight count to the wrong guy.”

CONDITION, VISION & CONCENTRATION!


Being a “certified boxing judge” by the Assn. of Boxing Commissions, I feel that compulsory retirement is not the way to go for referees or judges.  I put forth the opinion that “vision” exams, as well as periodic evaluations should be both mandatory.  Just like you are prone to at work, evaluations are the key to putting a referee or judge out to pasture.

NEVADA DOES “POST FIGHT” EVALUATIONS

Some of you may laugh at this seeing the upside down decisions that have come from Nevada judges, but for decades all of the officials who work a show sit down and (if need be) explain their scores before they leave the arena.

EVALUATORS NEED BE A-POLITICAL

Look, I tend to admire the way the National Football League assigns officials.  Your work product is always being evaluated and if you muck up, they sit you down if you can’t cut the bacon.

ELESPURU WAS “TERRIBLE” EVALUATOR

The position of “Evaluator of Officials,” be it on a state or federal level, should be totally independent of those being evaluated.  In California, for reasons unbeknownst to many, the late Hank Elespuru, a B-level referee at best, inept at worst, used that position to wreak havoc on those he did not favor.

HANK “MAJOR FACTOR” IN RING DEATH

Elespuru is the referee that told me. “Shut up, sit down and let me do my job,” as I pleaded with him to stop a 1988 fight in San Jose, CA.  Hank blew me off and Rico Velasquez, having lost every round and was knocked down many times, dropped dead 30 seconds into the next round, just after Hank ushered me back to my seat.

$64,000 QUESTION FOR FIGHT FANS

Should judges and referees have a mandatory retirement age?  Or should they be subjected to intense and scrutinized evaluations after each fight?

THURSDAY COLUMN ALL ABOUT HUNGARY

President Janos Ader

President Janos Ader

Tomorrow, I’ll tell you about the WBO 2013 Awards and how I had the honor of introducing Hungarian President Janos Ader, in addition to leading the croup in singing Happy Birthday to Don King at the grand finale dinner

 

Pedro Fernandez

 

COMMENTS

  1. mickey vann is correct i am the same age as he is and we both train everyday.
    i know refs at forty who are obesse and are an embarresment to our sport in the ring
    yours in boxing
    bruce mctavish

    bruce mctavish on September 4th, 2013 at 6:00 AM
  2. thank you and pls send me mickey vanns email
    yours in boxing
    bruce mctavish

    bruce mctavish on September 4th, 2013 at 6:07 AM
  3. Yes, there should be a mandatory retirement age. Just apply some analytics around the judge & referee population as a whole and you can determine age versus efficiency.

    Intense scrutiny after every fight is probably not realistic. Especially if there were no issues with the decisions that night. Post fight evaluations should always happen in the case of a disputed decision.

    BK on September 4th, 2013 at 12:45 PM
  4. OFCOURSE should be a mandatory retirement age.

    lakis on September 9th, 2013 at 2:49 PM

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