There might be some folk wondering what's the point in our scorecard concept. And they would have good reason.
Boxing isn't a sport that takes up change willingly, or without hesitance and it unashamedly lags behind other sports when it comes to modern advancements.
While we have seen health & safety improvements over the years and the likes of CompuBox enhancing the fight analysis for fans, we still see an age old scoring system and judges scribbling down scores with pencils & paper.
We are seeing baffling decisions and scorecards presented by those at ringside seemingly more often now than ever before and while some could argue a change in the scoring system is needed, that seems a million miles away from plausible, and so Fight-Score aims to gently rock the boat, rather than sink it altogether.
Instead of revolutionising a new way to score fights, we wondered how we could add something to make judges accountable for their scores and reasoning. The same noises are made from fight fans when a poor scorecard comes about."
"How did they get that score?"
"Why did they score that round to that fighter?".
Our concept presents judges with a computerised interface, and makes them provide a reason why they scored the round. We get answers to those questions above at the very time the fight takes place.
This is not foolproof and with a system that is based purely on opinion, there will still be poor, bad and wrong decisions made. However the judges SHOULD hopefully be more mindful when making their decision for scoring the round with this simple addition in place, knowing that their choices they highlight in that very moment can be scrutinised in future.
There will still be instances where a judge seemingly gets it wrong, and maybe intentionally so setting up an infamous "panel meeting" with the board.
In this instance they will have their "reason" already noted down in place at the moment the round has ended, and will therefore not be able to come up with an alternate view of what they saw if they come under scrutiny after the fact.
With these things in place, we hope that such a system can bring judges to account for their decisions and also giving us fight fans the answers of how each judge saw the fight and why they scored the rounds as they did.
Of course for the system to actually be taken on board and introduce into the sport we need exposure and usage.
We encourage fight fans to use the concept for yourself and see it in action. It will allow users to see how other fight fans score boxing matches alternatively to your own view.
We hope you see the potential in this concept and with enough noise and pressure from fans and the boxing community comes potential for change and boxing authorities to adopt Fight Score.