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Boxing reverts to type as the world adjusts to Covid-ravaged societies

back to: blog Published: 21st September 2020
Sport has gradually begun to come back into play in the last few months, albeit not as we knew it.

“Bubbles“ & TV studios serve as the not so glamorous host venues as boxing promoters attempt to salvage something resembling a fight night for the boxing masses, watching on from within their own home-bubbles.

The Bubble @ the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, BT Studios and even Eddie Hearn’s back garden has served as backdrops for fighters in much need of getting back to competitive action.

Boxing, as a whole, has done well to bring us some entertainment in these most uncertain times, and has done well to pivot and adjust to our newfound world.

Yet, as it does so well, and so often;- the sport continues to revert to old, bad habits.

The unfathomable scoring of bouts by supposed professional, veteran judges plagues all boxing fans, as it always did and probably always will.

While boxing scoring is of course subjective, and two people watching the same fight may have differing views on how boxers are performing, this subjective viewpoint in a close-run fight brings about controversy and fierce social media debate.

However, alarmingly, we recently had a head-scratching one. Yordenis Ugas seemingly coasted his way to a victory against Abel Ramos, only to catch the victory by a very slim margin.

Two judges at least got the right man winning, though the scores were close at 115-113. Whereas 76 year old Lou Moret awarded the fight to Moret by a wide 117-111. Could it be he incorrectly completed his scorecard, or just plain saw they fight opposite everybody else watching?

In August we saw something of a “home cooked” decision as Thomas LaManna appeared to get the better of Brian Mendoza, only for the former to win handily on the unanimous scorecards.

And in another case, the more fashionable fighter in Carlos Ramirez was gifted a majority decision against tough veteran Ukranian Viktor Postol. Many observers thought the Ukranian had done more than enough to deserve the victory and shatter a lucrative future match up for Ramirez as he seeks to unify the division against Josh Taylor.

These are the kinds of controversies we are used to seeing time and again, and it drives many fans away.

While it was never going to be the case that poor judging would suddenly be eradicated, the vast, radical changes we have seen to get events highlights boxing’s ability to pivot and make essential changes.

And changes to how judges score match ups might not be of pressing concern to those in command, but it would add some much needed integrity to the sport.

In a post-covid world, things will change forever. And boxing needs to look at how it can change for the better.

We will be keeping an eye on boxing results and decision making taking place in rings around the world as we champion our unique boxing scorecard system.