The heavyweight Championship fight between Holyfield vs Valuev heavyweight was another bad decision in boxing. This happens way too often in professional boxing. There have been numerous bad decisions throughout the history of the sport. There are several reasons why bad decisions happen in boxing. Those reasons may include the style of the fighter, the angle of the fight that the judge is seeing the boxing match from or corrupt judges.
First, a major reason that there are bad decisions in boxing matches is because of the different styles of boxers. There are certain styles that boxing judges like less such as boxers with a defensive style. For example, Bernard Hopkins, Pernell Whitaker, Juan Manuel Marquez and Winky Wright are all excellent defensive fighters. However, they all have been in boxing matches that ended in bad decisions. On the other hand, boxing judges favor the boxers that fight with an offensive style that is very aggressive. To illustrate, judges always seem to favor offensive fighters such as Manny Pacquiao, Joe Calzaghe and Ricky Hatton. Those particular fighters are rarely ever the victim of a bad decision. Likewise, Pacquiao edged out a decision in his last fight at super featherweight against the defensive fighter Juan Manuel Marquez and that particular match was so close either fighter could have been declared the winner.
The location of a boxing judge when they are watching the fight can make a huge difference. If the judge is watching the fight from a bad angle or if someone is blocking them then their judgment of the fight won't be as good. This is definitely a problem that needs to be avoided at all costs in professional boxing matches. This actual has been a factor in previous professional fights. For example, one of the judges in the Lennox Lewis vs Holyfield boxing match had bad seating during the fight. "After watching a replay, Williams testified in New York that she would have scored it differently had photographers not impeded her view"(sportsillustrated.cnn.com).
Then, there is always the hint of corruption when the judges make a horrible decision. However, wrongdoing in judging of boxing is hard to prove. Many people believed corruption is how De La Hoya got the decision over Sturm. There was a lot at stake in that fight if De La Hoya was declared the loser the mega fight between De La Hoya and Hopkins would have never happened. It was a bad decision. The ringside stats showed Sturm landing 234 of 541 punches to 188 of 792 for De La Hoya. Sturm thought the decision was so horrible that he filed a protest with the Nevada Athletic Commission over his loss to De La Hoya (www.covers.com). The same type of scandal was hinted at in the Pernell Whitaker vs Julio Cesar Chavez fight. Sports Illustrated featured a cover entitled "Robbed" after the boxing match. That fight had a lot at stake because Chavez was 80-0 and a Mexican legend. It seems that no one was willing to give Chavez his first lost even though he clearly lost the fight. After the fight even Chavez supports were stunned that the fight was declared a majority draw.
Therefore, boxing will always have controversial decisions. And we all know that scoring a boxing match is a subjective judgement. However, if boxing judges just see the reasons why there are bad decisions made in boxing that may help lower the amount of horrible decisions that are made in boxing matches. This can be the first step in cleaning up a sport that many people still believe is corrupt.