July 24th, 2012 By Pedro FernandezSan Francisco, CA- My buddy Jake Hall, a longtime member of the Indiana Boxing Commission, asked me a few weeks ago what I thought about the proposal of NBC TV to increase the 60 second rest period between boxing rounds to 67 seconds? I told him that although I didn’t think it would present a distinct advantage to anyone, it does allow NBC TV, who was the major proponent, to run two-30-second commercials and a 7-second station identification. Today, the Assn. of Boxing Commissions, you know that impotent organization that runs away from prosecuting boxing scandals like a cat from a fiery pit bull, has approved NBC’s wish and will allow 67-second breaks between rounds.
FIGHTERS SUPPOSED TO BE OFF THE STOOL BY 60 SECONDS!
The fighters are supposed to be standing and ready to box, and the cornermen out of the ring by the toll of 60 seconds. The boxers are “supposed” to stand around for an additional seven-seconds before the bell rings starting the round off officially. Again, I don’t think it’s such a big deal, but why won’t the ABC do anything positive for the sport that is rampant in scandal and corruption? Tim Leuckenhoff, head of the ABC should be impeached, for if boxing were baseball, football or basketball, he would be answering questions from Congress in addition to being thrown out of office. But again, remember what Howard Cosell said, “You can’t clean dirt!”