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How would you score it?





Two fighters are hammering away at each other toe-to-toe and suddenly one takes a big shot on the jaw and is dropped to the canvas.

He stays down for five seconds and gets to his feet again and they go on fighting, so how does the knockdown affect the round?

Would it have made any difference if the fighter had remained down for nine seconds and taken advantage of the count? It is not written down in the rule book but most judges will score the round 10-8 to the boxer who has knocked his opponent down whether it was for one second or nine seconds.

In other words, it appears that a knockdown counts for two points.

In another situation you can have a boxer dominating nearly all three minutes of the round and then get knocked down for a count just before the bell. How do you score the round?

When scoring fights judges would normally watch for every blow landed on the target area which is from the belt upwards round the shoulders, to where the hairline meets the top of the head (where a boxer has a shaven head or is bald it would have to be an imaginary line).

Judges should take cognisance of attack and direct clean hits with the knuckle part of the gloves, on any part of the front or sides of the head, or body above the “belt”, and for conspicuous endeavours to sustain action by leading repeatedly and by general aggressiveness.

Note must also be taken of defence, guarding, slipping, ducking, blocking, and in general cleverly evading blows and for countering.

However, marks given for defence should not outweigh those given for attack.

One of the strangest things in boxing is how experienced people in the game and even judges see it so differently on the scorecards after a fight.

In the recent Gennady Golovkin vs Saul Alvarez fight, one judge scored it 115-113 for Golovkin and another had it 118-110 in what appeared to be a way-out card in favour of Alvarez, and the third judge had it a draw 114-114.

Over the years there have been numerous debatable and poor decisions and there have been claims of corruption and also of judges giving a hometown decision.

A number of scoring systems have also been tried over the years like awarding rounds and not points.

In Britain a five-point must system was used, scoring in quarter points and with the referee the sole judge as opposed to three judges at ringside.

South Africa used a seven-point must system for a round before reverting to the 10-point must system. At one time some organisations had the referee and two judges scoring a fight.

Watching on television fans can be misled by commentators. Fans watching a live fight can also be misled because of where they are sitting in the arena.

Watching a fight on television and sitting ringside are not the same.

There is no doubt that boxing is the most difficult sport to score with so many influences like personal likes, commentators, noise in the arena and many more.


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