How do you become a judge in the UK?

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Might just be a dream that'll last about a month but I guess it could be something fun to do in my spare time. So how would one go about becoming a judge here? I'm fully aware I'd start off in the amateurs and it's highly likely I'll never judge a pro fight and get paid for it.
I went on the aba website and it says I'd need to become a ! member of an amatuer boxing club. So do i just ring them and be like "whazzup I wanna be a judge lol" or what?
 
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That's the way I did it mate and I quickly rose the ranks, from are titles, British and most recently European. You need to get yourself recognised to move up quickly, I'd suggest putting the odd wacky scorecard in, just make the scoring up and not take notice of the fight. Or wear a sombrero if there's a Mexican fighting etc. Good luck
 

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Go to your closest club and get to know the people there. Tell them you enjoy scoring bouts and reckon you're good at it. Volunteer to do it for the juniors or whatever.
 

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That's the way I did it mate and I quickly rose the ranks, from are titles, British and most recently European. You need to get yourself recognised to move up quickly, I'd suggest putting the odd wacky scorecard in, just make the scoring up and not take notice of the fight. Or wear a sombrero if there's a Mexican fighting etc. Good luck
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Why would you need to start in the amateurs? Genuine question as it's two different sports and governing bodies.
 

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I think it would be a fantastic way of getting involved in the sport.you would get real insight into how the sport works and get a free seat (and hotel suite) to a show.

Id say if you do become a fully qualified professional judge you will still be told you don't know how to score a fight by rob palmer though.
 
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That's the way I did it mate and I quickly rose the ranks, from are titles, British and most recently European. You need to get yourself recognised to move up quickly, I'd suggest putting the odd wacky scorecard in, just make the scoring up and not take notice of the fight. Or wear a sombrero if there's a Mexican fighting etc. Good luck
I could have my own gimmick. I'm open to ideas.

Go to your closest club and get to know the people there. Tell them you enjoy scoring bouts and reckon you're good at it. Volunteer to do it for the juniors or whatever.
See I'm too awkward to do that. I'd end up looking like some sort of sex case with a boxing fetish or something.

Why would you need to start in the amateurs? Genuine question as it's two different sports and governing bodies.
I'm assuming they wouldn't let you judge in the paid ranks straight away as boxers make a living there and fucking up the scoring could have quite big consequences. I guess you'd start in the amateurs to show you're not a complete retard and also to network and build up some good references. Not 100% though.

I think it would be a fantastic way of getting involved in the sport.you would get real insight into how the sport works and get a free seat (and hotel suite) to a show.

Id say if you do become a fully qualified professional judge you will still be told you don't know how to score a fight by rob palmer though.
Exactly what I was thinking really.
I'd love my own thread where rob disgraces my name, I would have definitely made it if that ever happens.
 
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I'm assuming they wouldn't let you judge in the paid ranks straight away as boxers make a living there and fucking up the scoring could have quite big consequences. I guess you'd start in the amateurs to show you're not a complete retard and also to network and build up some good references. Not 100% though.
I'm sure somebody on here described the process of becoming an official recently. It involves sitting at dozens of shows and producing dummy cards, which are then submitted to the board and they make sure you are in line with their already qualified officials IIRC. I am not sure they'd take amateur background into account as it's a different scoring system and AIBA and the pro bodies aren't exactly pally right now.
 
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Contact your area council mate and apply to them, there's usually a waiting list and you'd have to go through an interview, then a trial period before you become a referee, but you'd be able to start out in the pros.
 
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I'm sure somebody on here described the process of becoming an official recently. It involves sitting at dozens of shows and producing dummy cards, which are then submitted to the board and they make sure you are in line with their already qualified officials IIRC. I am not sure they'd take amateur background into account as it's a different scoring system and AIBA and the pro bodies aren't exactly pally right now.
That actually rings a bell, I think I read that thread. Wonder if anyone else remembers it? Would be a good read.

Contact your area council mate and apply to them, there's usually a waiting list and you'd have to go through an interview, then a trial period before you become a referee, but you'd be able to start out in the pros.
Cheers. I'll do some more research and get contacting people. Don't wanna be a referee though, fuck me I'd get absolutely slaughtered. I'd rather be faceless and destroy careers with my terrible scorecards without anyone knowing who I am if I walked past them in the street.
 
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That actually rings a bell, I think I read that thread. Wonder if anyone else remembers it? Would be a good read.


Cheers. I'll do some more research and get contacting people. Don't wanna be a referee though, fuck me I'd get absolutely slaughtered. I'd rather be faceless and destroy careers with my terrible scorecards without anyone knowing who I am if I walked past them in the street.
You have to be a ref before you can become a judge. Start off scoring unofficially at ringside, then refereeing with a scoring judge at ringside, then refereeing and judging, progressing up to area title fights. After that comes judging and refereeing English/Celtic title fights, then becoming a star referee and reffing/judging title fights.
 
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That's the way I did it mate and I quickly rose the ranks, from are titles, British and most recently European. You need to get yourself recognised to move up quickly, I'd suggest putting the odd wacky scorecard in, just make the scoring up and not take notice of the fight. Or wear a sombrero if there's a Mexican fighting etc. Good luck
Ahhahaahaha
 

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I think it would be a fantastic way of getting involved in the sport.you would get real insight into how the sport works and get a free seat (and hotel suite) to a show.

Id say if you do become a fully qualified professional judge you will still be told you don't know how to score a fight by rob palmer though.
Yeah but who gives a fuck about rob?
 

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I'm sure somebody on here described the process of becoming an official recently. It involves sitting at dozens of shows and producing dummy cards, which are then submitted to the board and they make sure you are in line with their already qualified officials IIRC. I am not sure they'd take amateur background into account as it's a different scoring system and AIBA and the pro bodies aren't exactly pally right now.
That was in my Copper Box bits and pieces. But he was/ is VERY far along in the process.
 
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You have to be a ref before you can become a judge. Start off scoring unofficially at ringside, then refereeing with a scoring judge at ringside, then refereeing and judging, progressing up to area title fights. After that comes judging and refereeing English/Celtic title fights, then becoming a star referee and reffing/judging title fights.
Ugh, damn. Not really too enthusiastic about being a ref if I'm honest. Would be alright but dunno how I'd respond to all the abuse tbh.
 
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Ugh, damn. Not really too enthusiastic about being a ref if I'm honest. Would be alright but dunno how I'd respond to all the abuse tbh.
If the boxers start giving you lip just fuck 'em up, again from experience it's the only way to get the fighters respect. I butted Bellew during the pre fight meeting when I was reffing his first fight v chilemba and look how timid he was there. Again, good luck
 
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I am planning to move back to Vegas in the next few years and become a judge. Nevada are apparently desperate for young judges and referees. I certainly could not make a living as a full time judge but I have always wanted to be retired by 50 and this would be a nice little filler into my 60s. We can dream right?

I get enough hate in the Internet boxing community already. Imagine what it's gonna be like when I rob some Japanese fighter to pay for me new Porsche. Lol

No but seriously if 1% of fans who continuously complain about poor officiating and judging on twitter, forums and podcasts actually got of their ass and got involved in the sport in some capacity, maybe it would eliminate it.
 

Chinny

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I am planning to move back to Vegas in the next few years and become a judge. Nevada are apparently desperate for young judges and referees. I certainly could not make a living as a full time judge but I have always wanted to be retired by 50 and this would be a nice little filler into my 60s. We can dream right?

I get enough hate in the Internet boxing community already. Imagine what it's gonna be like when I rob some Japanese fighter to pay for me new Porsche. Lol

No but seriously if 1% of fans who continuously complain about poor officiating and judging on twitter, forums and podcasts actually got of their ass and got involved in the sport in some capacity, maybe it would eliminate it.
:rofl