August 26th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
SOME BOXING JUDGES ARE GOOD, OTHERS MAYBE NOT
San Francisco, CA- While some people think the referee is the most important official in the combat sports of boxing and MMA, and from the “fighters safety” this is certainly true. But at the end of the day the person with the most responsibility on his or her plate be it boxing or MMA, amateur or professional, is the judge. Reason being, one bad call could mean the difference between beans and rice or, just for the sake of argument, Caviar.
BOXING MATCH SCORED VIA 10-POINT MUST SYSTEM
Professional, and now starting with the 2016 Olympics, boxing is judged on the 10-point must system, with 10 going to the winner, 9 or less to the loser of the round. When it comes to judging fights, the four components of scoring boxing are: 1) Clean punches. 2) Effective aggressiveness. 3) Ring generalship and 4) Defense, will be explained here in layman’s terms.
SCORING A FIGHT ACCORDING TO HAROLD LEDERMAN
“Clean Punching is really what it’s really all about,” says HBO judge Harold Lederman, a jurist since 1967. Effective Aggressiveness is being successful with your assertiveness. Therefore, coming forward and not landing punches should not merit point consideration. Ring generalship can best be described as “imposing your will” or “dictating the action.” Defense is kind of obvious, but is often overshadowed by punches thrown in volume which at times causes defensive wizardry to get overlooked.
CAVIAR VS. RICE & BEANS OR MCDONALDS?
One bad call, a guy or gal losing a fight they certainly should have won, this could mean the difference between feeding your family and not. Some fighters never recover, they don’t reach their zenith because of a bad call. Judges don’t realize the power they wield, for if a 2-9 pug fairly beats a 7-0 house guy, any judge that go with the favorite, they need to realize first the responsibility that has been bestowed upon them, and how secondly how it affects lives that are not in the ring.
CONCENTRATION & EXPERIENCE “KEY TO SCORING FIGHTS”
Look, when I score a fight, I’m scoring the round of battle, all 180 seconds be it professional boxing. I watch the round, black out everything, including the crowd, get into a “zone of concentration” that cannot be penetrated outside of possibly the infamous Fanman flying into the Evander Holyfield-Riddick Bowe ring on a parachute. You scrutinize the 3 minutes, look down to your scorecard and write down your score.
CAN’T GET CAUGHT UP BETWEEN ROUNDS
Some judges watch fighters walk back to their corner before tallying their score, which to me is only helping them come up with the wrong score. You see, it doesn’t matter if fighter “A” is bleeding and busted up in the corner. As a judge, one must realize that has nothing to do with the three minutes of boxing you are scoring. At the end of the day, inept, even inconsistent fights judges, it all boils down to they’re not being able to totally concentrate for 180 seconds!