Are we about to have five judges at major fights?


King Alphonse.
May 7, 2019
Interesting proposal.

WBC board supports proposal for five judges at major title fights

MAY 16, 2019 | 4:35 AM

The World Boxing Council Board of Governors on Wednesday supported a proposal to assign five judges to future major title fights.

Though the suggestion from the worldwide panel to add two more judges would need to be instituted by state and national commissions, who would likely work to gather input from fight promoters, the sanctioning body cast its plan as a necessary step of evolution from the sometimes controversial process that has been altered over time.

“There’s nothing more damaging to boxing than a controversial decision. In those title fights that are complicated and complex [to find unilateral support for three judges], the risk of a bad decision will [decrease] in a high level with five judges,” WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman told The Times after emerging from the board meeting.

“It’s a matter of getting the boxing industry onboard. We’ve already done some groundwork on it, and we’ll look to see if we can get it accomplished this year. The idea is likable. There will always be resistance to change, but we’re giving it an attempt.”

Sulaiman said that “with important fights coming up,” he’s planning discussions with various state commissioners, promoters and fighters to approve what he envisions as an improvement for the sport akin to the WBC’s stringent drug testing in its Clean Boxing Program and other past safeguards it's pushed for.

In 2017, Nevada judge Adalaide Byrd turned in a 10-rounds-to-two scorecard favoring Canelo Alvarez over Gennady Golovkin in the most significant U.S. bout of the year to create a draw, and Alvarez then edged Golovkin by majority decision the next year thanks to debated 12th-round scores.

Previously, Timothy Bradley Jr. defeated Manny Pacquiao in a highly criticized 2012 decision that set the stage for the retirement one year later by a Bradley supporter, C.J. Ross, who then scored Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s 2013 rout of Alvarez even.

“The main thing we have to understand is that we have to address a situation that is a constant problem — officiating has to be addressed in several angles,” Sulaiman said. “We need to get active. There have been many issues with scoring over the history of the sport. Officiating has long been controversial, from the time when the referee was the sole arbiter raising the hand of the fighter he thought won, to the referee scoring with two other judges and now to three judges. This is an attempt to bring another element to bring the best out of the scoring and bring justice to the sport.”

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Jun 14, 2012
The amateurs has 5 and up until a couple of years ago they used to "randomly" select three judges cards and pick a winner. If a cunt is corrupt or incompetent it won't make a difference. The reality is that its a subjective sport and there's always going to be a difference of opinion unless we go back to the rules of the 1800's and keep them fighting until one can't continue.
Reactions: dkos
Aug 28, 2014
Wont make a difference even if its random judges they'll pick at least 2 that have Canelo winning 118-110
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Prize prick!!
Jun 4, 2012
Makes sense, the correct move IMO. Don't other subjective sports like diving, gymnastics and ice skating have 5 or more judges?
Reactions: DB Cooper
Jun 25, 2017
More cost to promoters so bit of resistance can be expected.

Can remember talk of putting judges in little room with monitor, away from crowd noise and with better perspective as was believed improve scoring.