By Joe Koizumi
In the wake of the internationally scandalous scoring in the IBF bantamweight title bout between Ryan Burnett and Lee Haskins in UK last Saturday, this reporter would like to make some suggestions for a judge to distinguish Boxer A and Boxer B in a world title bout, as follows:
1. It is recommendable to have each boxer use gloves in different colors.
2. It is also recommendable to have each boxer wear trunks in different colors.
3. It has been customary only for the referee and the supervisor to go and give instructions to each contestant prior to the world title bout, but it is highly recommendable that three judges will also accompany them to the dressing room in order to watch the face and physique of the boxer so that the judges will be able to distinguish Boxer A and Boxer B never to confuse A with B in their scoring.
This observer is a collector of classic videos, and hereby presents a good example of a fight where not only the judges but the audience might have difficulty seeing Boxer A (Barney Ross) from Boxer B (Jimmy McLarnin):
We hope that the judges won’t mix up Andre Ward with Sergey Kovalev tonight.