August 1st, 2012 By Kevin Perry
COMPUTERIZED SCORING MODIFIED FOR 2012 GAMES
During each round, a judge shall assess the respective scores of each boxer according to the number of scoring blows obtained. When the five judges score a blow, they will depress the corresponding button on an electronic pad that they hold in their hands throughout the fight. At the end of the round, a computer will take the five judges’ individual scores and average the three judges’ scores which are the closest together – this process is referred to as “Similar Scores.” If at the end of a round, the score cannot be determined through the Similar Scores process, the “Trimmed Mean” calculation will apply. The Trimmed Mean is when the highest and lowest scores are taken out and the average of the remaining three Individual Scores is counted. Since scores are calculated at the end of each round, there will be no running score. Upon completion of a round, monitors will display the five judges’ scores across the bottom of the screen, with the calculated score shown above.”
These rules are different from the rules of the last 5 olympic games, in which the scores were displayed live during the round and judges used a computerized system where 3 of the 5 judges had to press a button within a 1 second interval for a point to be scored. Because of the lack of accuracy and controversy in bouts in previous Olympic games, this new scoring system has been implemented.
SCORING SYSTEM TO BE DUMPED AFTER 2012 OLYMPICS
According to the broadcast team which includes boxing play by play announcer Bob Papa and ESPN boxing analyst Teddy Atlas, after this Olympics boxing will return to the “Ten Point Must System” which has traditionally been used in professional prizefighting. This scoring system consists of each round being scored 10 for the winner, 9 for the loser which includes various 1 point deductions to the score of a fighter for being knocked down or intentional or in some cases repeated unintentional fouls.
NOT SURE IF THE TEN POINT MUST SYSTEM WORKS FOR THREE ROUND BOUTS
Due to the short length three round amateur bouts and that one fighter can dominate a round and get the same credit as a fighter who wins a close round 10-9, I feel this system may not work well either. It is however a step in the right direction.